“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization“. – Frank Lloyd Wright
The word, Usonian was employed by Wright as a means to describe the distinctly American landscape that was notably unencumbered by preexisting architecture. More about this style of architectural design found here.
Guggenheim Museum, NYC has an ongoing exhibition about F.L.W. and his Usonian designed home, but I found it to be underwhelming, especially given the fact that Wright designed the Guggenheim! They could have given a little more space to show his style of architecture.
My Dad was interested in architectural design by Wright. I think he admired the simplicity and functionality of Wright’s work. A famous quote associated with the modernist architecture movement is; Form follows function. Here is what F.L.W had to say on the matter; “Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
It is my understanding that while, Wright was very creative with respect to design, he often neglected fundamental building principles that ultimately annoyed builders.
His disregard for standard practices of the construction industry created situations wherein the builder would be the forced to practically apply the design and therefore amend or modify the blueprints to accommodate these faux pas.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservatory in Mill Run, PA is home of one of Wright’s most famous creations, Falling Water. Not far away are a few other F.L.W. Usonian designed homes including, Kentuck Knob & Ducan House.
I intend to take a trip to Falling Water at Mill Run when I have time to make a 4 hour drive each way. Perhaps I should put that on my calendar for next Autumn.
The colors would delightful throughout the farmlands and forest at that time of year.