On a recent trip to Chicago I had the fortunate opportunity to go to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park. I have always admired Frank Lloyd Wright and have found inspiration from the expression of his philosophy and values evident in his work. There is no detail too small was one of his tenets evident in all of his work and I have appreciated that view being consistent with my work values as well.
Visiting Taliesin West provided the inspiration for the design of my practice space when I moved into current location in 2005 and visiting is home and studio in Oak Park has inspired the current update of my office.
It was a typical winter day in Chicago, 12 degrees, windy and occasional snow flurries. Although the weather wasn’t great, it was what we expected and it had no bearing on the enjoyment and appreciation of walking in the steps of a genius and experiencing his creation. I was in awe and words could not do it justice, so I will just share some pictures to convey my experience. And my pictures don’t do it justice either but it’s the best I can offer.
“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but—instead—exalting the simple laws of common sense—or of super-sense if you prefer—determining form by way of the nature of materials…”
— Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939