12 buildings designed by the great American architect are now open to virtual tours.
A recent initiative called #WrightVirtualVisits will make Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties virtually accessible, by sharing video tours online of 12 sites, including Fallingwater, Hollyhock House and Taliesin West. The digital tours will be available on the initiative’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
Launched on 2 April, 2020, #WrightVirtualVisits was established by Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, and will continue to publish a tour every Thursday for six weeks. The initiative hopes to provide access to Wright’s buildings and offer relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, it stated that, “As social distancing and stay-at-home orders have swept the country, many Frank Lloyd Wright sites that are normally open to the public have had to close their doors, just when they were gearing up for the spring touring season to begin.
“These measures are crucial to slowing the spread of Covid-19 and protecting the staff, volunteers and visitors who usually fill these extraordinary spaces with life. It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration.”
Other properties that will be toured include Ebsworth Park, Gordon House, Graycliff, Martin House, Willey House and Samara.
Wright was born on 8 June, 1867, and designed over 1,000 buildings. Across his seven-decade career, he completed 532 of them. Today, he is largely considered to be one of the most important architects of the 20th century, and is known for his philosophy which he called ‘organic architecture’.