Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t just talented; he was extraordinarily gifted and ambitious. He understood that buildings weren’t merely inanimate objects; structures that served only one function and – aside from that – were essentially purposeless. Houses especially, he believed, could boast intimate connections with their owners; a curiously symbiotic relationship that developed over a certain period – one that ultimately would lead to the residents calling it “home”.
Now Wright fans and architectural aficionados can tune in to #WrightVirtualVisits and watch video tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous and lesser-known buildings. Three entities – the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy; the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation – collaborated to launch the initiative, Wright Virtual Visits, at the start of April.
“It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration,” says Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, in a statement. “Wright’s works bring people together in harmony with the natural world, reminding us that we are all connected, even when we’re apart.”
I suppose there’s no better way for the quarantined to experience structural beauty than a virtual tour of houses created by one of the most internationally recognized and renowned Frank Lloyd Wright.
In one of my many past lives, I was a famous home-builder. I always thought of how I could make a home beautiful and appealing. But I never considered the personal role such structures hold in the lives of people.