The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is celebrating 2014 as the Legacy Year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Trust itself.
In 1889, Wright designed and built his family home and workplace in Oak Park, Illinois with a $5,000 loan from his employer Louis Sullivan. In 1974, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust was founded, as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, to restore the Home and Studio and open the site for tours. Today, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio is the oldest Wright site open to the public.
In its four decades, the Trust has become the gateway to Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago, providing an authentic experience of Wright’s original architecture with programming that renews Wright’s broader vision of design, education and the environment to local, national and international audiences.
Trust President & CEO, Celeste Adams states, “2014 will be a special year for us to reflect on the unique contribution Frank Lloyd Wright made to American architecture and design, and on the story and accomplishments of his Chicago years. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of visitors to the place where it all began 125 years ago.”
The Trust's year-long celebration included:
Friday, April 4, 2014: Opening of Oak Park Studio Balcony installation and tours
For the first time in the Trust’s history, the Studio Balcony was opened to the public as an extension of the Home and Studio Interior Guided Tour. Inside Wright’s Studio is offered at 9:30 am and 4 pm daily.
Saturday and Sunday May 17-18, 2014: ALL WRIGHT Housewalk and Ragtime Benefit Concert
The Legacy Year housewalk featured private homes and public buildings all designed by Wright, followed by a benefit concert at Unity Temple celebrating the music of the era.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014: Founders Day, celebrating the founding of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
The celebration honored all our volunteers on the 40th anniversary of the Trust’s incorporation as a not-for-profit organization, with special recognition of our founding volunteers, and introduced the Trust’s new Legacy Society.
40th Anniversary Community Open House
On July 17, 18 and 19, more than a thousand Oak Park and River Forest residents and their friends joined us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first public tour given at the landmark Home and Studio in 1974. At our open houses, guests enjoyed free tours and refreshments, tried out the Froebel Blocks that influenced Wright, and posed for pictures with Frank. It was a perfect way to commemorate 40 years of welcoming the world to Oak Park and sharing the legacy of America’s most influential architect. We couldn’t have done it without the community’s support.
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