Frank Lloyd Wright (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: Strongly individualistic, flamboyant, and arrogant, Wright designed and built more than four hundred structures which reflect his architectural genius. Wright, directly and indirectly, heavily influenced twentieth century architecture with his diverse use of geometry in his designs.
The life of one of America’s most eccentric, dramatic personalities began simply enough on June 8, 1867, when Frank Lloyd Wright was born in the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, the eldest of three children born to William C. Wright, a Baptist preacher, and his young wife, Anna Lloyd-Jones. After his parents were divorced in 1885, Wright was reared by his mother, and he sustained a close relationship with her during her lifetime. Anna Wright’s use of the Froebel kindergarten method, which introduced children to pure geometric forms and their patterns on grids, provided Wright with the foundations of sophisticated geometric design so evident in his later architecture.
Wright grew up in a rather comfortable, middle-class home during the 1870’s and 1880’s. With the hope of studying at the University of Wisconsin, he moved to Madison in 1885, seeking part-time employment and admission to the university. A local contractor took Wright on as an apprentice, and he worked his way up to construction supervisor within two years. At the same time, Wright took engineering and graphics courses in...
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