Architecture fans will be thrilled to know that Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous and lesser-known buildings can now be explored virtually. Use the #WrightVirtualVisits to watch expert-led video tours of the 20th century’s greatest American architect. By Upasana Singh

Frank Lloyd Wright’s career spanned over 70 years in which he designed more than 1,000 structures. As a founder of organic architecture, he believed in designing buildings that were in harmony with humanity and its environment. Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, 12 of his most famous buildings are now open for the public to view virtually.

 

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The Frank Lloyd Wright foundation and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation have teamed up to launch this initiative called Wright Virtual Visits. Every Thursday at 1 pm EST, videos of select sites will be posted, either highlighting specific renovations and architectural features or offering full interior tour of the building.

The virtual tour kicked off with the recently sold 1901 Henderson House in Elmhurt, Illinois, and Wright’s 1934 Malcolm Willey House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Viewers got to learn interesting facts that aren’t covered during normal tours such as how the space was updated to include air conditioning without disturbing its original character. Wright’s first Usonian home, Willey House distinctly describes the architect’s ‘United States of North America’ style.

 

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The tour also includes a visit to Graycliff, a summer retreat built on a cliff above Lake Eerie in the 1920s. Located in New York, it was one of Wright’s most ambitious and extensive summer estates.

Five of the eight sites designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with seventeen properties have signed up to take part in this initiative. From Fallingwater to Hollyhock House, Wright’s work is defined by long, horizontal lines with nature-inspired motifs.

The exciting part is that if you have missed out on the live tours, all you have to do is use the #WrightVirtualVisits on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to unwind and discover some of these architectural masterpieces.

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