Visiting Taliesin and learning about Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin bei Spring Green im US-Bundesstaat Wisconsin ist der Sommersitz des amerikanischen Architekten Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright baute Taliesin im Jahre 1911, nachdem er 1909 seine erste Ehefrau, Catherine Tobin, und seinen alten Wohnsitz in Oak Park (Illinois) verlassen hatte. Der Grund für die Trennung war eine Affäre mit Mamah Borthwick Cheney, der Frau von Edwin Cheney, mit dem er lange Jahre zusammengearbeitet hatte.

In dem Tal, in dem Wright Taliesin errichtet hat, wohnte schon während des Bürgerkrieges die Familie seiner Mutter, die damals den Familiennamen Lloyd Jones trug. Sie waren ausWales ausgewandert und hatten sich hier niedergelassen. Der Vater seiner Mutter und dessen Bruder waren freie Protestanten und eröffneten 1887 zusammen mit ihren zwei Schwestern in diesem Tal eine Schule. Seine Mutter Anna Lloyd Jones Wright schickte ihn seit seinem elften Lebensjahr jeden Sommer in dieses Tal.

Taliesin Preservation, Inc. was created to preserve the buildings, artifacts, landscape, and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin. America’s premier architect and Wisconsin’s native son considered Spring Green , Wisconsin, his home, and he built and created an environment both beautiful and inspirational. In partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Inc., based in Scottsdale, AZ, it is the mission of Taliesin Preservation, Inc. to conserve the masterful buildings and landscape of the Taliesin Estate, and to educate the public on the man, the architect, the architecture, and the idea.

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture and developed the concept of the Usonian home, his unique vision for urban planning in the United States.

His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass. Wright authored 20 books and many articles and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time."

1937 baute Wright ein Winterquartier in Scottsdale (Arizona), das sogenannte Taliesin West.

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