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Wright Buildings Added to World Heritage List

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Earlier this week, several works from famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright were recognized and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

“Each of these buildings offers innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure,” read a statement from the World Heritage Committee. “Wright’s work from this period had a strong impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe.”

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The committee notes Wright’s use of “organic architecture,” which includes an open plan and blurred lines between exterior and interior, as well as the use of steel and concrete.

Jean-Christophe Benoist, CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, several works from famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright were recognized and added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The buildings include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York City; the Hollyhock House, in Los Angeles; the Unity Temple, in suburban Chicago; the Frederick C. Robie House, in Chicago; Taliesin, in Spring Green Wisconsin; the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

The collection of Wright buildings is the 24th U.S. site on the list.

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The Fallingwater listing brings light again to Western Pennsylvania’s collection of Wright buildings, as Fallingwater is about 20 miles away from Polymath Park, located in Acme, Pennsylvania, which holds Wright’s Duncan House, two homes designed by Wright’s apprentice Peter Berndtson, and most recently the RW Lindholm House (more commonly known as Mäntylä).

Daderot, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The buildings include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York City; the Hollyhock House, in Los Angeles; the Unity Temple, in suburban Chicago; the Frederick C. Robie House, in Chicago; Taliesin, in Spring Green Wisconsin; the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania (above).

Last month, workers concluded the deconstruction, relocation and reconstruction of Mäntylä to the Pennsylvania location from its original home in Cloquet, Minnesota.

Owners of the building, which was constructed of concrete block with a roof clad in red Ludowici tiles, worked with the Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to move the home, after its surrounding area became crowded with commercial properties.

The home was deconstructed in April and May of 2016 and crews spent the two years and about reportedly about 9,000 manhours on the home’s reconstruction. The home is now open for tours.

   

Tagged categories: Architectural history; Awards and honors; Frank Lloyd Wright; Good Technical Practice; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; NA; North America

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