Frank Lloyd Wright is undeniably the grandfather of architecture in America, considered by many to be America’s best and most influential ever. Architects, builders, and even just art lovers travel to see his buildings like a pilgrimage, and many of even his lesser-known works have been turned into small museums dedicated to him and his Prairie Style.
Now, however, since the closing of Wright’s 88-year-old architecture school, Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, have introduced their new joint initiative, #WrightVirtualVisits. The virtual visits offer 3D and 2D tours of twenty of Wright’s most famous buildings and houses, including Hollyhock, Falling Water, Taliesin, and more.
“It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration,” says Barbara Gordon, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy executive director. “Wright’s works bring people together in harmony with the natural world, reminding us that we are all connected, even when we’re apart.”
The project, which launched earlier this month, is spread across the social media channels of the various participating sites, to cross-promote all of Wright’s architectural gems. Every Thursday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT through July 9, each site shares a video tour of another site. The tours are remarkably in-depth and informative, as they’re often given by the directors of each house. The foundations in charge of the project hope the virtual tours will encourage viewers to support the different structures so that they can continue to welcome visitors in person once again in the future. All of the public Wright sites have been impacted by the pandemic, between budget cuts and furloughed staff, and are relying on donations from supporters to continue their preservation efforts.
“We hope that taking a virtual visit to any of these Wright designs around the country will bring a little joy to their day and bring them into our community that remains connected around our shared passion for beauty, architecture, nature, and design,” says Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
To visit the first in the series, Taliesin West, use this link.