This week’s Heartlander is Frank Lloyd Wright. Native of Wisconsin, Student of the Chicago School, Adherent of the Prairie School. A man who believed so strongly in a distinct, North American architecture, his articulation of the genre practically invented it. Often imitated, but (as a fan I have to say) never truly equaled, his works are still relevant today. Many of his houses are still in use as private homes, and others have been preserved as museums or other public spaces.
He believed utility and practicality could be beautiful, luxurious, and cost effective. His works are sometimes manifest contradiction, with an almost stunning simplicity. His active years extended into the early days of the mega-house movement, yet to the last, his work was in opposite to the notion that square footage defines quality in real estate.
To the man who gave a home to our culture. America is Beautiful.