Event—Adult Education

Frank Lloyd Wright: Chicago and Beyond


Dive into the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Unity Church, Oak Park, 1913. Call number: Midwest MS Sloan Bx. 1

Class Description

This class offers a survey of the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, touching on key aspects of his career and his lasting contributions to the field of modern architecture, with emphasis on how Wright revolutionized the field. 

The first week will focus on examples of Wright's work in the Chicago area, such as Frederick C. Robie House, Unity Temple, and other early Prairie Style works. In addition to studying a selection of Usonian houses, the second meeting will look beyond the Midwest to iconic structures including Falling Water in Mill Run, PA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the Beth Sholom synagogue in Elkins Park, PA. 

We will also discuss both built and unbuilt projects that are lesser known, such as his plans for an unrealized housing development in the East Village of New York City. Finally, we will discuss his writing and teaching at Taliesin and the "fellowship" he set up there.

Jennie Hirsh, PhD, Bryn Mawr College, is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture at Maryland Institute College of Art. Author of essays on various artists and architects, she is co-editor of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth and Ventriloquism, Performance, and Contemporary Art.

Materials List

  • Instructor-Distributed Materials

First Reading

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Two sessions, $100 ($90 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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