This summer we have so enjoyed our CITY WALKS: CHICAGO touring cards! Recently we went to Oak Park on walk #33 which featured many (inhabited) homes Frank Lloyd Wright built in his neighborhood, as well as his own home and studio.
Below is the Unity Temple which was FLW's first public commission. I can only imagine how the public reacted to this building when it was built in the early 1900's.
Since our walking tour, I have really been craving learning more about FLW and his life and turbulent times. We are in the process of watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick DVD.
An excellent novel about the love affair between FLW and Mamah Cheney is Loving Frank by
Nancy Horan. I devoured that book in less than 24 hours.
Another book on my list to read (there are over 70 titles pertaining to FLW in my library) is a non-fiction children's book recommended by a co-worker.
Through the years we have toured FLW homes in Springfield and Hyde Park here in Illinois. Now, after reading the Horan novel, I have a hankering to go to Taliesin in Wisconsin. Have any of you readers been there? Can you recommend any other FLW architectural "works" you have visited that we should not miss?
I find FLW to be quite an interesting study. He was a genius, to be sure,
but his personal life had many disastrous and unfortunate twists and turns.
However, he made his mark in the world that will assuredly never be forgotten.