Top 10 Books About Frank Lloyd Wright

Top 10 Books About Frank Lloyd Wright

During his long life, Frank Lloyd Wright designed hundreds of buildings, including museums, churches, office buildings, private homes, and other structures.

Architects, critics and fans have written extensively about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Listed here are a few of our favorite books. For biographies, facts about specific buildings, general FLW web sites and other resources, please check our archive. Frank Lloyd Wright is considered one of the men “who built America”. In his life he designed, built and lent a hand in buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin and Fallingwater. Genius architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a net worth of $30 million dollars when he died and is considered one of the greatest architects of all time.

1.  The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

By William Allin Storrer, this hefty textbook has extensive descriptions, histories, 960 photographs, and hundreds of floor plans for everything Wright built in the United States. An older version has been available on CD-ROM.

2.  The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Subtitled “A Complete Catalog.” This compact paperback by William A. Storrer has facts and a black and white photo for every structure that Frank Lloyd Wright built, provided that it is still standing. Keep this handy book in your car and use it as a travel guide.

3.  Lost Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vanished Masterpieces

About one hundred of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings have been destroyed for various reasons. This little book by Carla Lind offers historic black-and-white photos of Wright’s lost buildings, plus color photos of portions of the buildings that have been preserved. Combine this book with one of W.A. Storrer’s (above) and you’ll have the entire life work of Frank Lloyd Wright represented.

4.  Prairie Style

Dixie Legler’s subtitled Houses and Gardens by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School has been on the top of the FLW booklist for nearly 20 years. With hundreds of illustrations, this book showcases the Prairie Style concept by examining both architecture and landscapes of this school of architecture.

5.  Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright

Some critics have panned this biography by Brendan Gill, but the book is entertaining and it includes fascinating quotes from Wright’s autobiography and other sources.

6.  Frank Lloyd Wright, an Autobiography

You might find the language more challenging than Brendan Gill’s Many Masks, but here you can read about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright in his own words.

7.  The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect-writer Thomas A. Heinz presents this exhaustive and lavishly illustrated survey of Wright’s buildings, covering nearly every structure Wright completed. 450 pages with color photos.

8.  The Wright Style

RE-Creating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. Author Carla Lind looks at the interior design of forty Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and sources for the furniture, rugs, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, textiles and accessories.

9.  Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life

Anyone who is even the least bit familiar with architecture has heard of the eminent architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who tackled Wright’s career late in her own career. Never mind that the book received mixed reviews; Huxtable deserves to be read as much as Wright deserves to be written about.

10.  Loving Frank

Loving Frank is Nancy Horan’s controversial novel that tells the mostly true story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s love life. You might not care about Wright’s affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney. But Horan’s novel spins a fascinating tale and gives an interesting perspective on¬†Wright’s genius.

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