Frank Lloyd Wright: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Nola Bridgens

Nola has taught elementary school and tutored for four years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Marketing, and is a certified teacher.

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of the greatest architects of the 1900s. This lesson will give a brief biography of his life and the buildings he designed.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Have you ever made a building with Legos where you carefully thought about where each piece would go and pictured the end result in your mind? Someone who designs buildings is called an architect. Frank Lloyd Wright was a famous architect, and he created a style of architecture that still influences the houses and buildings that are being built today. The apartment or house you live in may even have been inspired by the designs of Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 in Wisconsin to a teacher and a musician. He enjoyed growing up in the natural beauty of Wisconsin and spent his days exploring the hills around his house. His love of the outdoors inspired his designs later in life.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wright enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to study engineering. While in college he worked with the famous architect, Joseph Silsbee, to design and oversee the construction of the Unity Chapel. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided he wanted to be an architect and went to work for Silsbee in Chicago.

Career in Architecture

In 1888, Wright began working for Louis Sullivan, another famous architect known as the 'father of skyscrapers.' Sullivan's use of clean lines and simplicity had a great impact on the buildings Wright would later design. Before this time, houses and buildings were very decorative with complex designs.

The next year Wright started his own architectural firm and designed his home in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago. It is considered his first great work. If you are ever in Chicago, you can visit this house.

W.H. Winslow was Wright's first customer at the new firm, and Wright designed the Winslow House for him. The Winslow House is considered the beginning of Wright's invention of Prairie School architecture, a style that uses horizontal lines, flat roofs with overhangs, open interior spaces, and natural materials. The Robie House is another example of this type of architecture.

The Winslow House

International Travel & Work

In 1909, Wright moved to Germany, where he worked on writing books about his designs. A few years later, he moved back to the United States and built his famous home, Taliesin. Taliesin was later home to the Taliesin Fellowship, a school he started to teach his methods.

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