Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright House, Studio and Garden (1889) :: Oak Park, Illinois

Art Deco 
Stained Glass
Influenced by
Froebel Gifts 
"Using Nature as our basis for design, a building or design must grow, as Nature grows, from the inside out. Most architects design their buildings as a shell and force their way inside. Nature grows from the idea, a seed, and reaches out to its surroundings. A building thus, is akin to an organism and mirrors the beauty and complexity of Nature.” 
                                                                           Eric Corey Freed

Frank Lloyd Wright House, Studio and Garden
951 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), architect
Prairie Style, Arts and Crafts Movement
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home, Studio and Garden served as Wright's primary residence and studio from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with space, form, light, materials, furnishings and decorative arts. Frank Lloyd Wright referring to the lot purchased from John Blair (1820-1906), nursery man and landscape designer, said,
                       "I remember well that I came to Oak Park to live for no other reason than 
                                                                                 ... the remarkable character of the foliage on the old Blair lot."

 West facing, Forest Avenue Entrance
Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and Home built 1889, Oak Park, Illinois

Reflecting The Arts and Crafts Movement, Horizontal lines and Horizontal Bands of Windows 
Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and Home, Oak Park, Illinois

Chicago Avenue
Exterior fence encloses the yard 
replicating the horizontal lines of the studio
Kentucky Coffeetrees grace the boulevard
Frank Lloyd Wright House and Studio
Oak Park, Illinois
Kentucky Coffeetree 
(Gymnocladus dioica)  
Seed Pod
In the land of Lincoln, the Kentucky coffeetree graces the boulevard outside the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio in Oak Park. The lumber from the coffeetree is cherished by cabinetmakers and might explain the choice of this rare tree. From what I have read, Wright's favorite tree was another gymosperm, the ginkgo.

Oak Park Studio Vase Planters along wall
 North facing, Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois

Geometric architectural Sprite Sculpture
Originally designed for Hyde Park's Midway Gardens Wall  1913-1929,

located at 60th and Cottage Grove, Chicago, Illinois
The original sprites were move to Biltmore Resort in Arizona
 Designed by 

Frank Lloyd Wright, architect 
 and Alfonso Inanelli, sculptor

Prominent Landscape designers of the "Prairie Style" era are Jens Jensen, O. C. Simonds, Walter Burley Griffin,and Warren H. Manning.