As has been indicated in my two previous post, I've had a dream. A dream that one day, I would visit an original Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built home. To witness up close and in person the genius that was FLW.
While we were in Grand Rapids for my birthday on the walking tour that took us to many beautiful homes, we were able to see, outside and inside one of his works that was built in 1910.
Yes, 1910! I know, it looks like something from the 60's or 70's. That's how ahead of his time he was.
Mr. Wright designed this home with a strong horizontal feel, which makes anyone look tall. Even though the ceilings are at nine feet, each room is designed with these horizontal lines that emphasises anything that is vertical.
This was a strange concept back in 1910 when heating and cooling was a challenge in Michigan.
In the dinning room, he designed highback chairs to create a sense of enclosure when seated at the table.
And to eliminate the vertical feeling of a chandelier, he designed lamps built into the corners of the table.
Even in 1910, the skylights were designed with lighting inside. This way, it was always sunny, even on cloudy days.
No matter what the view outside is, how can it be bad with windows like this?
Who wouldn't want to grow up here?
Where do you put all your posters and high school memorabilia though?
Throughout the house, there are pegs installed in the picture rail. Wright placed these pegs where it was appropriate to hang artwork.
In the mid-1980's this home was purchased by Steelcase Corporation, who turned it into a museum-piece of Mr. Wright's architectural prowess.
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.
Wright lived from 1867 until 1959. He was an architect, interior designer, writer and educator who designed more than a thousand structures and completed more than 500 works. He believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and it's environment. A philosophy he called Organic Architecture. Something that 100 years later, we are trying to understand and even mimic.
His designs were efficient in heating, cooling and overall harmony of living. He is most famous for his work completed in 1935 in Southern Pennsylvania appropriately named Fallingwater as it is built over an actual waterfall.
For me, visiting this home, was a dream come true. I am inspired now to make a trip to Southern Pennsylvania. Or perhaps Wisconsin or Arizona where his two homes and studios are located. Taliesen East and Taliesen West