Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of the world’s great architects most active during the first half of the 20th century. His career began in the last decade of the 19th century when Victorian architecture was in vogue, and in that decade, he began as a Victorian whose houses had unusually beautiful detailing. As the century turned, he was joined in 1895 in his Oak Park Studio by Marion Mahony, the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, our country’s first school of architecture. In 1888, he was joined by Walter Burley Griffin, a graduate in architecture of the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, our country’s second oldest school of architecture.
Both Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin had their ideas on the goals of architecture, dramatically influenced by Louis Sullivan the spiritual “Dean” of the young, aspiring, architects of Chicago. Wright, the apprentice of Louis Sullivan, became Sullivan’s chief draftsman, and then built his own studio in Oak Park. With these three similarly inspired architects practicing under the same roof, Wright’s Oak Park Studio, an innovative new architectural style later called “The Prairie School Style” evolved.
In his six lectures, Dr. McCoy will show how that evolution came about for Wright, for Griffin and how Griffin came to be called the “Father of Modern Architecture” by the Australians.
- The Development of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Style Until His Arrival in Mason City
- Wright’s Plan for his 1908 Stockman House
- The Architecture of Walter Burley Griffin
- Prairie School Architecture in Mason City
- Wright’s Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank: It’s Place in the Body of Wright’s Work
- Restoration of Wright’s Hotel to “The Historic Park Inn Hotel”