Today there are a number of Frank Lloyd Wright homes open to the public on a regular bases and a number of them open on occasion or though special arrangements. 2 of Franks others homes, Taliesin in Spring Green WI and the The Robie House just outside of Chicago are open to the public to tour. The home is listed on the National Registry of Historical Places as well as National Historic Landmark.
More Frank in the Phoenix area . Love Frank like I do? There are a number of places you can visit or at least look at while in the area. Unfortunately my time ran out and I only got to see two others. I did stay at the Arizona Biltmore and you can read all about that in a previous journal. On my way from the airport I took a side trip to ASU-Tempe to see the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium . Wright designed the building in 1959 but passed away the same year and never got to work on the project. It was taken over by Wes Peters. The building was complete in 1964. You can stop by the campus anytime to see and photograph the building or you can visit during performances and on special tours. It is on the national registry.
You can also visit and tour the First Christian Church . Frank drew up the plans in 1950 and by 1952 it was ready for its first congregation. You are normally welcome to visit the stunning church either during church services or during the week. You can go to the church’s website at www.fccphx.com for any special tours. If you’re planning on coming on your own, please contact the church first. Also in the area are Raymond Carlson House, Jorgine Boomer House, Benjamin Adelman House, the stunning Norman Lykes House, David Wright House, and the Harold Price Sr. House . There is also the Arthur Pfeiffer House is located somewhere around Franks house and supposedly you can see it from the grounds and is supposed to be open on occasion. Thought when I asked about it at the home, no one seemed to know what I was talking about. Please remember these homes are all private homes and unless they are open for a special occasion for a tour, they are off limits. You can photograph them from the road or sidewalk, which are public domain. I am sure people who own these pieces of art, are used to having their homes photographed. The Frank Lloyd Wright guide listed below gives you all the details.
Also just a shout out to his son Lloyd Wright (1890-1978). Just like his dad he went on to become an architect and was brilliant just like his dad. He designed the renowned Sowden House in LA. One of his most beautiful pieces is the Weyfer’s Chapel built between1949-51. It is on the National Registry. I saw this gorgeous church on some TV show back sometime in the 70’s or 80’s. I just remember how beautiful this church was and always wondered where it was. The a few years go as I was leafing though my scrapooking magazine and there was a page with the church on it..so now I knew the name of it and where it was. This glass church is nestled in the woods and just stunning. You can tour the church or attend service here. For more information please go to www.wayfarerschapel.org.
Frank Lloyd Wright Filed Guide . Thomas A Heinz. 2005 northwestern University Press.
Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizonian . Lawrence W. Cheek. 2006. Rio Nuevo Publishers.
Frank Lloyd Wrighte..The Houses . Alan Hess. 2005. Rizzoli Press.
1010 Gardens to See Before You Die , Rae-Spencer-Jones. 2007. Barron’s Press.
Being a life long admirer of Frank’s work, getting to visit this home was indeed a bucket list item. I am sure Frank has to look down and see how much his work is still admired. Today Frank continues to inspire people with his brilliance. And being in this place…like the MasterCard commercials…priceless.
Very, very, very, very HIGHLY recommended