The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio is the former residential house of Frank Lloyd Wright, known as the ?greatest American architect of all time.? The site was declared as National Historic Landmark in 1976. It was built in 1889 when Wright was a just starting his own family at age of 22. He lived there with his wife Catherine Tobin and raised six children.
In 1895, the house was remodeled where he expanded the area of his wife?s day room, addition of new kitchen, and extension of Children?s Play Room. Wright?s studio was built in 1898 where he and his fellow architects had initially conducted the Prairie School of Architecture. In 1909, his family used the studio as their residential place, and that was also the last year that Wright and his family lived there.
The house and studio became apartment until in 1960s, the tenants and owners failed to maintain the structure. When the building was turned over to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1974, the restoration began. It took 13 years before the building was restored into its original facade during 1909 before Wright?s family left the house.
Today, the home and studio house the collection of architectural designs of Wright and art pieces and decors made by him and his wife Catherine. It also features original documents and other artifacts related to Wright?s early life and career.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Preservation operates the home-turned-into-museum site. It is located within Oak Park historic districts in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture. The area contains almost 27 building designed by Wright.
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