Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic structures become UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Eight of Frank Lloyd Wright's works are now considered World Heritage Sites, including the iconic spiral of the Guggenheim Museum. (Image: imago)

Eight of Frank Lloyd Wright's works are now considered World Heritage Sites, including the iconic spiral of the Guggenheim Museum. (Image: imago)

He is considered the most famous architect of America. The Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater House and six other buildings have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sabine de Fischer

Wearing a culture and initiating a new form language: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) became the most influential and most popular 20th century architect in the United States. He has trained generations with his buildings, his furniture and his schools of architecture. And he has written books that contain whole life plans, especially the decentralized city of self-catering as an American ideal.

Many of its buildings can not be saved from demolition, the Frank Lloyd-Wright Building Conservancy has published since the 1990s a list of buildings preserved from the American ancestor of modern architecture. The first version of the Unesco nomination still contained ten buildings and eight others proposed. For example, the Johnson Wax Company office building, whose famous mushroom pillars, such as water lilies, floats in the ceiling, has been removed from the list because the owners have no interest in heritage preservation.

The Price Tower in Oklahoma, the Marin County Civic Center or the Darwin Martin House were not on the final list. It was created, among others, under the aegis of Neil Levine, author of two classic books of Wright, and his wife, Susan Lockhart, daughter of the manufacturer of the first house in 1937, Jacobs House I.

Eight buildings represent the complete work

Finally, the list of UNESCO candidatures published at the beginning of July included the emblematic spiral of the Guggenheim Museum and the horizontal lines of Fallingwater House at Mill Run, Pennsylvania, the Unity Temple at Oak Park, Chicago, and five other Frank Lloyd Sites designed by Wright: These are the aforementioned homes of Herbert and Katherine Jacobs in Madison, Wisconsin (Wright also built House II for the journalist couple), Frederick C. Robie's House of Illinois, Hollyhock House in California, and especially Wright's house and office. Taliesin, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West, Arizona. In its logic, the Unesco Committee also wrote that Wright had a major impact on the European architecture.

Among the cultural and natural World Heritage Sites of Unesco in Baku are many archaeological sites, natural monuments and cultural buildings, including Wright's buildings, which are still used daily. The most recent and recent additions to the 2019 list are the "Prosecco Hill" of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in Italy and the twentieth century architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: Wright's work was therefore grouped together in one and the same cultural site. Complex of eight important buildings of the American architect.