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Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author meltwaterfalls
#1 | Posted: 29 Jul 2008 05:24 | Edited by: meltwaterfalls 
Full name of site: Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
Countries: USA and Japan
Short description of site (also include multiple locations if applicable):

c i. Masterpiece of world architecture
c ii. Displays an exceptional testimony to the development of architecture in the 2oth century
c iii. These works pioneered the development of a North American architectural style especially in the field of residential architecture.

Locations USA. Home and Studio (Ill), William H. Winslow House (Ill), Larkin Building (NY), Unity Temple (Ill), Frederick C. Robie House (Ill), Taliesin (Wis), Alice Millard House (Cal), Charles Ennis House (Cal), Edgar J. Kaufman House (Fallingwater) (Pen), Paul and Jean Hanna (Honeycomb) House (Cal), Johnson Building and Research Tower (Wis), Taliesin West (Arz), Guggenheim Museum (NY)

Locations Japan Imperial Hotel & Jiyu Gaken School in Tokyo

Outstanding universal value / comparative analysis:
Frank Lloyd Wright along with le Corbusier is probably the greatest architect not to have their work inscribed on the World Heritage List. Not only did Wright pioneer an American response to domestic architecture he has also built Iconic large-scale buildings. The proposal contains aspects of both including the Prairie Style houses of the American Mid West focused around Oak Park, Chicago and Wisconsin. It also includes his homes designed around LA, which used a different style influenced by Adobe architecture to adapt to the warmer climate. Also included are Wright's workshops in Oak Park and the two Taliesin projects, his two major buildings in Tokyo, and his work for the SC Johnson Company.
Whilst other Architects are reperesented on the list the Work of Wright shows a specific North American solution to domestic housing which is vastly different to already inscribed architectural works. Also many of the buildings propossed have reached Iconic Staus and can be viewed as masterpieces in thier own right.

There are four particularly Iconic Buildings in the proposal, the Robie House, Fallingwater, Imperial Hotel Tokyo and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. I think these four alone could be a reasonable proposal on their own. I was also toying with the idea of proposing either the Robie House or Fallingwater on their own a-la Tugendhat Villa. My preference would be for the Robie House as a lone candidate if people feel that is the best course to take.

Author Xeres
#2 | Posted: 29 Jul 2008 08:25 
Frank Loyd Wright is definitely one of the most influential architects in modern memory. His buildings 100% deserve to be on the WHS list.
personally, i would go with the 4 iconic buildings proposal, over everything Frank Loyd Wright has ever done

Author meltwaterfalls
#3 | Posted: 29 Jul 2008 08:45 
The original idea was to cover all aspects of his career, so it was a pretty extensive list (not quite every building though, he was pretty prolific). But if it is thought to be a stronger propossal focussing on four big projects the I am happy to take that line.
That was what I did the the le Corbusier propossal so it seems fit to follow it here.

Author paul
#4 | Posted: 30 Jul 2008 08:42 
Is the Imperial Hotel Tokyo authentic enough?

meltwaterfalls keeps proposing interesting serial sites! Personally I quite like these proposals; and those suggested by meltwaterfalls are generally more coherent and valid as collections than many serial sites on the official list. I see no reason not to include the extended list. Perhaps the issues of what makes a "good" or at least valid serial site is worth it's own thread.

Author meltwaterfalls
#5 | Posted: 30 Jul 2008 15:02 
Ah looking at it will have to remove the Imperial hotel from this list there is basically nothing left of it. Thanks for pointing that out paul

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