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1011 THE CHICAGO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTS: THE BUILDINGS OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

Edward R. Saunders, lecturer

In 1871 the Great Fire of Chicago destroyed three square miles of mostly wooden buildings that formed the central city. Propelled by the impetus of this disaster and an economic boom in the 1880s, Chicago transformed itself. By 1885 the first skyscraper in the world, the Home Insurance Building, rose to ten floors above the emerging new city centre. The Chicago School of architects, at the forefront of the innovation of this time, included Dankmar Adler, Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan, whose firm would give Frank Lloyd Wright his start. These architects were involved in the 1893 Chicago World Fair. This complex of buildings will be considered in the first lecture as well as the works of Louis Sullivan and the early stages of the career of Frank Lloyd Wright. The second lecture will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s works up to and beyond his creation of the ‘Prairie House’, the influential open plan, uncluttered house. A variety of these houses were designed in the early 1900s. The final lecture will cover the latter part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career and include some of his most famous works such as ‘Fallingwater’, the Taliesin West complex and the Guggenheim museum.

 

LECTURE TITLES

1. The 1893 Chicago World Fair, Louis Sullivan and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright

2. The 1893 Chicago World Fair, Louis Sullivan and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright

3. The later works of Frank Lloyd Wright

 

Date: Monday 15–Wednesday 17 January   
Time: 11.15am
COURSE FEES:  Full: R310,00  Staff: R155,00  Reduced: R80,00