Eight Frank Lloyd Wright buildings added to World Heritage list

CHICAGO (AP) — The work of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was recognised last Sunday as eight of his buildings, including the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Los Angeles’ Hollyhock House and the Unity Temple in suburban Chicago, were added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage list.

“Each of these buildings offers innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure,” read a statement from the World Heritage Committee. “Wright’s work from this period had a strong impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe.”

The committee met last Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan, and also added to the list Italy’s hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, which is home to the world-famous sparkling wine Prosecco.

The group noted Wright’s use of “organic architecture,” including an open plan, with blurred boundaries between exterior and interior, and the “unprecedented use” of steel and concrete. The Wright buildings are the 24th United States (US) site on the list.

The other Wright buildings included are the Frederick C Robie House in Chicago; Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin; the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin; Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Visitors gather on one of the cantilevered terraces at Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright design in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. – AP