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Buy a house by Frank Lloyd Wright, or build one


Early Frank Lloyd Wright house with narrow three story center section

Rollin Furbeck House, 1897-1898, early design by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Prairie style home built in 2013 to demonstrate universal design

Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL), a modern Prairie Style home built in Ohio, 2013

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Interior round ceiling of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park , Illinois

Interior round ceiling of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park , Illinois

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Do those comfortable, Prairie style houses by Frank Lloyd Wright make your heart skip a beat? Have you always dreamed of owning a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece like Fallingwater? Start packing. You can live in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright — or one that looks like it might have been. Here's how.

1. Buy a Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright built hundreds of private homes, and every year a few change ownership. In 2013, The Wall Street Journal reported that about 20 homes were on the market from the approximately 270 privately owned FLW residences. "Many of the homes by Mr. Wright pose challenges," reports the WSJ. Small kitchens, no basements, narrow doorways, built-in furniture, and leaks are just a few of the difficulties for the modern homeowner. When you buy a Wright, you're buying a piece of history important to many people—some might say too many people. To learn about Frank Lloyd Wright houses currently for sale, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and select the link Wright on the Market.

2. Build a Wright
Nothing by Wright in your city? Consider hiring an architect to custom design a new home in the spirit of the master. Without a doubt, the premier firm for Wright-inspired creations used to be Taliesin Associated Architect (TA). From Wright's death in 1959 until the group reorganized in 2003, TA continued the architectural practice established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893. Today, the Taliesin design studios in Arizona and Wisconsin provide a living laboratory for the training of apprentices in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Taliesin Fellows stay connected but practice privately after graduation. The first thing you may want to do, though, is take a tour. Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona will tell you what to expect.

Architects don't need to train at Taliesin to design like Wright, but these former Taliesin Fellows present a delightful array of design possibilities:
>> Arnold Roy
>> Michael Rust
>> Richard A. Keding
>> Aaron G. Green
>> William Arthur Patrick, founder of Midglen Studio
>> Barry Peterson at Studio 300A Architecture
>> Jeremiah (Jaimie) Kimber at j kimber design
>> Floyd Hamblen
>> Anthony Puttnam, Architect, LLC

For examples of modern-day architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, see A Living Architecture : Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Architects by John Rattenbury
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3. Use Mail Order House Plans
Building on a budget? Consider purchasing construction-ready building plans for a Prairie Style house. While not duplicates of Wright's work, many of these plans resemble the rambling homes that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. To find Prairie house plans and other plans for Wright-inspired houses, see our directory of Frank Lloyd Wright House Plans.

4. Add Wright Details
Even if your new home is not a Wright original, it can incorporate his most popular details. Evoke the spirit of the master through furniture, glassware, fabrics, lighting, and wallpapers. To find Frank Lloyd Wright reproduction housewares, explore our Frank Lloyd Wright Shopping Resources.

Sources: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Frank Lloyd Wright Homes by Joann S. Lublin, The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2013; "Taliesin ARchitects Reorganized" by Jim Goulka, Taliesin Fellows Newsletter (PDF), Number 12, July 15, 2003 [accessed November 21, 2013]

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