Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust The mission of the Trust is to engage, educate and inspire the public through interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design legacy and preservation of his original sites for future generations.
The Trust presents five Wright structures as public historic architecture museums, his remarkable Home and Studio and groundbreaking Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; his Prairie style masterpiece, the Robie House in Chicago; The Rookery Light Court in downtown Chicago’s financial district; and his jewel-like Emil Bach House in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. The Trust is responsible for funding, restoring and preserving the Home and Studio and Robie House. More information on the many restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust can be found at www.flwright.org. History of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust The Trust was established in 1974 as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, to acquire and preserve Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park as the birthplace of American residential architecture. In 1975, the Home and Studio became a co-stewardship property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Home and Studio Foundation embarked on its mission to restore and operate the building as a historic house museum. In 1976, the Home and Studio was declared a National Historic Landmark. The ensuing $3+ million restoration was completed in 1987, at which time it received the American Institute of Architects' prestigious National Honor Award. In February 1997, the Home and Studio Foundation built upon its past success by assuming responsibility for the management and restoration of Wright's Robie House, located on the University of Chicago campus. At that time, Wright’s Robie House became one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 21 historic sites. In 2000, the Home and Studio Foundation changed its name to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to better reflect the dual stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Wright’s Robie House. In November 2010, the Trust established a new facility in The Rookery—a National Historic Landmark in downtown Chicago. The Trust's administrative offices and a ShopWright gift store are located in The Rookery. The Rookery is an icon of architecture set in the heart of the Midwest’s central financial district. The structure is both quintessentially Chicago, and contains one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic and significant interior compositions. In 1905 Wright remodeled The Rookery Light Court—creating a stunning balance between Burnham and Root’s ironwork and ornamentation with his own Prairie style concepts. The Trust offers Light Court Tours at noon Monday through Friday. A dedicated group of more than 500 volunteers provide interpretive tours of both museum sites to 102,000 visitors from around the world each year. The Trust provides an array of inspiring public education programs, and operates a public access research center containing special collections on the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architecture. Governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a staff of more than 50 employees, the Trust's operating income is derived from tours, merchandise proceeds, memberships, donations and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Its financial responsibilities include fully funding the preservation and restoration of the Home and Studio and Robie House. In December 2013, the organization streamlined its name to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to send a simpler and stronger message.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation looks at places recently saved, threatened, restored, or lost, including th...
04/27/2020
Places Restored, Saved, Threatened, and Lost in Preservation Magazine's Winter 2020 Issue | National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation looks at places recently saved, threatened, restored, or lost, including the Lloyd Wright-designed Birdwing. https://bit.ly/2Y1h8v1

Stories of five places—including a former tricycle factory and a bird-like home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son—in transition as featured in Preservation magazine's Winter 2020 issue.

The current health crisis forced us to temporarily close our sites just as our tourism season would begin. With limited ...
04/24/2020
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Library: Birthplace of American Architecture | Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

The current health crisis forced us to temporarily close our sites just as our tourism season would begin. With limited capacity to meet essential expenses now and in the months ahead, we need your help to reenergize our organization.

Please donate any amount you can to help us raise the immediate funds needed to sustain us through this crisis. http://bit.ly/2U7c8RU

Please help us shine a light on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and Oak Park. To ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, tours at all Frank Lloyd Wright Trust sites are temporarily suspended until further notice.

04/23/2020
#WrightVirtualVisits - Taliesin Preservation

We're participating in #WrightVirtualVisits. Today we're visiting with our colleagues at Taliesin Preservation in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

Follow the hashtag #WrightVirtualVisits to see more video swaps between Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the country!

Happy Earth Day!
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!

Join us on September 12 for the 2020 Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk!Tour the interiors of eight private residences ...
04/21/2020

Join us on September 12 for the 2020 Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk!

Tour the interiors of eight private residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries on this one summer day. The lineup remains as originally announced.

Current lowest pricing continues through July 31. http://bit.ly/2ygYxLH

This Wright-designed office is currently undergoing restoration for eventual display at London’s Victoria and Albert Mus...
04/20/2020
A Forgotten Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece Is Finally Getting Its Due

This Wright-designed office is currently undergoing restoration for eventual display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. After restoration, it will be the most complete Wright interior outside of the United States. https://bit.ly/2K7BXgd

An exceptional Wright-designed office interior has been hidden away in the V&A’s storage for the last 15 years. AD PRO goes behind the scenes of its meticulous restoration

#onthisday 50 years ago, Unity Temple and the William H. Winslow House were both added to the U.S. National Register Lis...
04/17/2020

#onthisday 50 years ago, Unity Temple and the William H. Winslow House were both added to the U.S. National Register List of Historic Places.

Additionally, the Rookery Building and Charnley-Persky House, two buildings that feature Wright contributions, were also added in 1970.

Photos: James Caulfield

04/16/2020
#WrightVirtualVisits - Westcott House

We're participating in #WrightVirtualVisits. Today we visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House (1906-1908) in Springfield, Ohio.

Follow the hashtag #WrightVirtualVisits to see more video swaps between Frank Lloyd Wright sites across the country!

You make all the difference in protecting the cultural resources of your community and we appreciate your ongoing suppor...
04/16/2020
Birthplace of American Architecture Must Survive: Your Support Is Urgently Needed

You make all the difference in protecting the cultural resources of your community and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Please consider making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign today: https://bit.ly/2WX3EQk

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and Oak Park, IL, like many small businesses and non-profits, is in a precarious position due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are launching a campaign to raise $500,000 by June 1 to stabilize operations and recover from this crisis. To ...

In response to developments related to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, st...
04/14/2020

In response to developments related to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and homeowners the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has made the decision to again postpone Wright Plus 2020.

The Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk will now take place in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois on Saturday, September 12.

We will honor all previously purchased tickets on the event's make-up date. We hope that you will be able to join us late summer and celebrate extraordinary architecture and design. http://bit.ly/2ygYxLH

Look to Wright's textile designs for inspiration and weave paper to create something original with this #WrightatHome ac...
04/13/2020
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Look to Wright's textile designs for inspiration and weave paper to create something original with this #WrightatHome activity! https://bit.ly/2xk9S2m

The foliage is blooming at the Home and Studio!
04/11/2020

The foliage is blooming at the Home and Studio!

#onthisday in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of 91.Photo: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
04/09/2020

#onthisday in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of 91.

Photo: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Each year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust relies upon spring tours to reenergize our organization and bolster revenue afte...
04/07/2020
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Library: Birthplace of American Architecture | Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Each year, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust relies upon spring tours to reenergize our organization and bolster revenue after the slow winter season. The current COVID-19 national health crisis forced us to temporarily close our sites at a time when we would just be recovering from our cold weather decrease in tours.

With very limited capacity to meet essential expenses now and in the months ahead, we are working to raise the immediate funds needed to sustain us through this crisis.

We need your support now more than ever before. http://bit.ly/2U7c8RU

Please help us shine a light on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and Oak Park. To ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, tours at all Frank Lloyd Wright Trust sites are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Wright was inspired by the geometric patterns found in nature. Create your own colorful floral and plant designs with th...
04/06/2020

Wright was inspired by the geometric patterns found in nature. Create your own colorful floral and plant designs with this #WrightatHome activity! https://bit.ly/3dOeJt1

Inside Robie House.
04/05/2020

Inside Robie House.

You make all the difference in protecting the cultural resources of your community and we appreciate your ongoing suppor...
04/03/2020
Birthplace of American Architecture Must Survive: Your Support Is Urgently Needed

You make all the difference in protecting the cultural resources of your community and we appreciate your ongoing support. https://bit.ly/2WX3EQk

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Chicago and Oak Park, IL, like many small businesses and non-profits, is in a precarious position due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are launching a campaign to raise $500,000 by June 1 to stabilize operations and recover from this crisis. To ...

04/02/2020
The Playroom at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio

The 1895 Playroom on the second floor of Wright's Oak Park Home is considered one of the great spaces of his early career. https://bit.ly/2ygS1cV

Enjoy a virtual visit to the Children’s Playroom at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. Trust curator David Bagnall discusses the design and hi...

Use cardboard to make geometric shapes and create an original piece with this #WrightatHome activity. https://bit.ly/2WW...
04/01/2020

Use cardboard to make geometric shapes and create an original piece with this #WrightatHome activity. https://bit.ly/2WWAMaR

#onthisday in 1890, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. was born in Oak Park. Have you visited any of Lloyd Wright’s works? Which one...
03/31/2020

#onthisday in 1890, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. was born in Oak Park.

Have you visited any of Lloyd Wright’s works? Which ones?

#onthisday in 1984, the Wright-designed J.J. Walser Jr. Residence was named a Chicago Landmark. https://bit.ly/2vNSv9g
03/30/2020

#onthisday in 1984, the Wright-designed J.J. Walser Jr. Residence was named a Chicago Landmark. https://bit.ly/2vNSv9g

These museums let you browse their collections from home, including the Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in ...
03/28/2020
Tour these U.S. museums from the comfort of your couch

These museums let you browse their collections from home, including the Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. http://bit.ly/3b7lFPR

The world is pretty much on lockdown given coronavirus, but there’s one advantage we have compared to pandemics of the past: The internet, which offers plenty o

Looking for educational activities to do at home with the kids? Try this one and get creative!
03/27/2020

Looking for educational activities to do at home with the kids? Try this one and get creative!

Happy Birthday to Catherine Lee Tobin Wright, who was born #onthisday in 1871. Marion Mahony Griffin is pictured here wi...
03/25/2020

Happy Birthday to Catherine Lee Tobin Wright, who was born #onthisday in 1871. Marion Mahony Griffin is pictured here with her at left.

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Japan from the comfort of home with “1905: Japan Through the Lens of Frank Lloyd Wright,” a...
03/24/2020
Frank Lloyd Wright In Japan

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Japan from the comfort of home with “1905: Japan Through the Lens of Frank Lloyd Wright,” an online exhibition of Wright’s photographs of Japan, from the Trust’s collection. http://bit.ly/2IlnC0A

An online exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1905 photographs of Japan, from the collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

Looking for educational activities to do at home with kids? Developed in partnership with Chicago Public School teachers...
03/20/2020

Looking for educational activities to do at home with kids? Developed in partnership with Chicago Public School teachers, the Trust’s Teaching by Design website has dozens of free activities and resources for children. http://bit.ly/3a2PxN2

In response to recent developments related to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of our visitors, the Fra...
03/18/2020

In response to recent developments related to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of our visitors, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust has made the decision to postpone Wright Plus 2020.

The Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk will now take place in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois on Saturday, June 27. We will honor all previously purchased tickets on the event's make-up date.

We hope that you will be able to join us this summer and celebrate extraordinary architecture and design. https://flwright.org/wrightplus

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and ensure the health of our guests, staff and volunteers, tours at all ...
03/16/2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and ensure the health of our guests, staff and volunteers, tours at all Trust sites are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Tour ticket holders can use their tickets for any tour through December 31, 2020. If you are unable to visit us this year, please consider making your ticket purchase a sincerely appreciated donation to the Trust.

Should you require a refund, please call 312.994.4000 ext. 1 after March 27. We will continue to assess the current situation and keep you informed: http://bit.ly/2U7c8RU

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you soon.

#onthisday in 1972, the Wright-designed Isadore H. Heller House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood was named to the U.S...
03/16/2020

#onthisday in 1972, the Wright-designed Isadore H. Heller House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood was named to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places - NPS. http://bit.ly/2QcFaOZ

The Chicago Loop
03/14/2020
The Chicago Loop

The Chicago Loop

A nice respite at Frank Lloyd Wright Trust sounds good right about now.

Wright is often associated with high-cost commissions but some of his designs examined the needs of entire communities. ...
03/13/2020

Wright is often associated with high-cost commissions but some of his designs examined the needs of entire communities.

Enjoy a spring day trip to Wisconsin and tour the American System-Built Home, the privately owned Frederick Bogk House, and the famed SC Johnson Administration Building on May 18. http://bit.ly/2uLZorc

The Isabel Roberts House in River Forest, Illinois was designed for a member of Wright’s professional staff and her moth...
03/11/2020

The Isabel Roberts House in River Forest, Illinois was designed for a member of Wright’s professional staff and her mother and sister. The home was later remodeled in the 1950s, the only Prairie style interior that Wright himself updated.

“Walk Wright In” on May 16 and see this remarkable contemporary-looking space. http://bit.ly/2ygYxLH

Robie House volunteer training begins next week! Become an interpreter at Robie House, the Home and Studio or Unity Temp...
03/10/2020

Robie House volunteer training begins next week!

Become an interpreter at Robie House, the Home and Studio or Unity Temple, and present world-class spaces to an international audience. http://bit.ly/2DNlO9U

Did you miss “Chicago By ‘L’ with Geoffrey Baer, the new WTTW - Chicago PBS program that takes you to great sites in the...
03/09/2020
Oak Park | Neighborhoods | Chicago by 'L'

Did you miss “Chicago By ‘L’ with Geoffrey Baer, the new WTTW - Chicago PBS program that takes you to great sites in the Chicago area via CTA?

View the Oak Park segment here: https://bit.ly/3cv7buy or catch the whole episode tonight at 7:30 pm central time.

Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Unity Temple.

Today is Isabel Roberts’ 149th birthday. Born #onthisday March 7, 1871, Roberts was a member of Wright’s professional st...
03/07/2020

Today is Isabel Roberts’ 149th birthday.

Born #onthisday March 7, 1871, Roberts was a member of Wright’s professional staff at the Oak Park Studio who also assisted with drafting and design. She contributed to the drawings of her own home in River Forest, Illinois (featured on this year’s Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk), which she sold in 1923. She later moved to Orlando, Florida where she co-founded the two-woman architectural firm Ryan & Roberts.

Learn more about Isabel: http://bit.ly/2MNhWQf

#onthisday in 1970, the Wright-designed Laura Gale House in Oak Park, Illinois was named to the U.S. National Register o...
03/05/2020

#onthisday in 1970, the Wright-designed Laura Gale House in Oak Park, Illinois was named to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places - NPS. http://bit.ly/2TzmZE7

We’re excited to announce “Wright Along the Lake,” our new seasonal guided bus tour! This scenic half-day excursion trav...
03/04/2020
Wright Along the Lake | Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

We’re excited to announce “Wright Along the Lake,” our new seasonal guided bus tour!

This scenic half-day excursion travels along Lake Shore Drive and takes you door-to-door of Wright’s most important buildings in Chicago: the Rookery Building, Emil Bach House and Robie House. http://bit.ly/37ZswJa

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209 S LaSalle St
Chicago, IL
60604

General information

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents five Wright structures as public historic architecture museums, his remarkable Home and Studio and groundbreaking Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; his Prairie style masterpiece, the Robie House in Chicago; The Rookery Light Court in downtown Chicago’s financial district; and the jewel-like Emil Bach House in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood. The Trust is responsible for funding, restoring and preserving the Home and Studio and Robie House. More information on the many restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust can be found at www.flwright.org.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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