8 Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Are Now UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Sites include Fallingwater in Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim Museum in New York

The Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum is now a UNESCO site. (Andrew Moore, Creative Commons)

The Great Barrier Reef, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and more than 1,100 other UNESCO World Heritage sites just gained eight new neighbors.

The organization announced on Sunday at its annual conference — this year in Baku, Azerbaijan — that eight of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings have been added to the revered list. These sites include Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, the Jacobs House in Wisconsin, the Robie House in Chicago, Taliesin in Wisconsin, Talies in West in Arizona and the Unity Temple in Illinois, NPR reported.

“Each of these buildings offers innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure,” the World Heritage Committee wrote in a press release. “Wright’s work from this period had a strong impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe.”

The Committee added that Wright’s work earned spots on its list because of each building’s “organic architecture,” open architectural design and incorporation of steel and concrete.

“He wanted to break the box of historic architecture and open us up to a better, different, freer way to live,” Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Stuart Graff told NPR. “And we still feel that today. We feel that in our homes and our cities. We feel that in our connection to the landscape. And that’s the measure of his achievement.”

One of Wright’s iconic buildings, the Booth Cottage in Glencoe, unfortunately didn’t make the list and is still in danger of being torn down by its current owner, who filed for demolition permits in May.

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