Innovative architect, interior designer, writer, and educator who sought to blend buildings with the surrounding environment across his 1,000-plus structures. He finished 532 works and was among the leaders of the Prairie School architectural movement. He pioneered urban planning in the United States through the Usonian home.
His most famous work, Fallingwater from 1935, was called "the best all-time work of American architecture" and was an example of his belief in organic architecture; it was at one time, however, in danger of falling into the water beneath it.
He and Liberace were both born in Wisconsin, although their career paths were much different.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, although he left before obtaining a degree. While he was there, he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He moved to Chicago following his time at college, which was still reeling from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and needed developers. He went to work as a draftsman for the architectural firm of the famed Joseph Lyman Silsbee.
His parents were William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones; they were living in Richland Center, Wisconsin, a farming community, when he was born. His father was once a Baptist minister who later joined the Unitarian faith; he was a man of many talents. His mother was a county school teacher who was born into the wealthy Lloyd Jones clan. Her brother, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, was a prominent Unitarian who took the faith out West. Frank was married three times, first to Catherine Wright, then to Miriam Wright, then finally to Olgivanna Wright.
- The meaning of the name Wright: Carpenter, Worker