Omni Escapes Magazine Escapes Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 22

INSIDER Building Greatness AMERICAN ARCHITECT FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S LEGACY IS CELEBRATED 150 YEARS AFTER HIS BIRTH. BY NICK ESQUER Below: Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed 1,114 architectural works For more than 70 years, innovative architect Frank Lloyd Wright handcrafted his own vision of the American building. From craftsman playgrounds strewn throughout Chicago and the Midwest to the winding honeycomb that is the Guggenheim museum in New York, Wright’s genius ability to devise wholly unique constructions left a lasting impact on the country’s landscape. More than 500 of his 1,000-plus designs were built. In honor of the architect’s 150th birthday this year, we take a look at a few of his most decadent, dreamy and daring structures. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of Wright’s most iconic achievements. It is often noted for its own artistic presence more than the art it holds inside. With its cathedral-like feeling on the interior and its downward spiraling appearance on the exterior, Wright’s fabled design was a labor of love and hate. It was commissioned in 1943 by busi- nessman and art collector Solomon R. Guggenheim. Wright was passionate about the look and feel of the artistic building, and fought over everything from his vision for the structure to where it stood, with multiple locations considered until it was even- tually constructed on Fifth Avenue. It was finally completed in 1959, the same year that Wright died. FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Insider-eV5-e.indd 22 | 22 | rre Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City ESCAPES 9/29/17 3:22 PM