Frank Lloyd Wright

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived from 1869-1959. He was born just two years after the end of the Civil War. His birthday is June 8 (same as mine!). Wright was homeschooled and self-taught in the field of architecture. The first houses that he designed were lit with gas, not electricity. But Wright had many ideas that were ahead of his time and are used today. Wright’s innovations include: open floor plans, combined living and dining areas, central utility cores, radiant floor heating, large floor-to-ceiling windows, skylights, glass-skinned buildings, pre-cast concrete, slab-on-grade foundations, interior atriums, cantilevered balconies, wide overhangs, carports, drive-thrus, built-ins, modular construction, and homes oriented around a back patio instead of a front porch.  Click here to read his biography.

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