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Frank Lloyd Wright Architects Room

Continuing in our Frank Lloyd Wright series, the above photo is the balcony of the design studio.  This two-story area of the Wright home was an area of collaboration between Wright, artisans, and architectures.  Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Prairie style was created in this room.  Other magnificent Wright structures began on paper in Wright’s office (seen in the next photo):

Frank Lloyd Wright Office

I love behind the scenes information.  Here’s a little interesting nugget of Wright lore.  Although it is difficult to see in this photo, Wright created the bathroom of the studio behind his office and down a flight of stairs.  If you look at the stained glass windows at the back, below was a set of stairs leading to the bathroom.  Not only did Wright ‘hear’ the door open (which has a glass inlay) and close to get to the bathroom, he could also see who was going through the door, as the ledge behind his office was an open concept (note the green plant, book; this is actually a ledge that you can look through to see ‘down’ the stairs).

Apparently this intentional ‘basement bathroom design’ allowed Wright to know if his architects were taking too many breaks away from their work!

I suppose it can be said that genius in one realm should not imply rational behavior in another! Nonetheless, Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent mind allows future generations to bear witness to his amazing, creative structures.


19 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright Series: Architect’s Studio

  1. Those dang bathroom breaks getting in the way of working – ha! I love all the woodwork and decorative touches 🙂 I have a fair amount of wood in my house and have had a few people tell me they thought it was too much. I feel it brings warmth, a sense of home and depth to my home. I have learned over the years to balance that wood with fabrics, metallics and pops of color. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Yes, I am sure FLW was a bit on the micro-managing side, wouldn’t you say? I love wood! I think it does bring a wonderful warmth to a home! Yours sounds lovely! Happy Day to you too my dear! Thank you for your lovely words! Cher xo


  2. Incredible!
    I started blogging this month, and it is a pleasure that I came across your blog.
    It has inspired me to start my third article.
    Thank you:)

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much! Welcome to The Chicago Files! Welcome also to the ‘blogosphere’. I shall check out your blog!! Cher xo

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  3. RMW says:

    Although I am a big FLW fan, that attitude reminds me of a boss I once had…. everybody had to sign in and out of a book whenever we needed to use the bathroom! In fact, bathroom use other than official break time was severely frowned upon!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh my goodness, that is horrible! Well I have read a lot about FLW as a person and I am afraid most of it is not flattering. Despite his phenomenal talent as an architect, the person behind the genius is another story! Cher xo

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  4. Amy says:

    Beautiful photo of his studio! Fun background info about the bathroom. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much, Amy! *LOL* Yes, FLW certainly had his share of “idiosyncrasies” Cher xo

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  5. So excited to see this second post!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Yeay! I have more! *LOL* Cher xo

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      1. that is very cool!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thanks, Lynn! FLW’s structures are amazing and especially when we realize a lot of them are 100 years old!! He was a visionary, that’s for sure! Cher xo

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      3. Wow that is amazing!

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Yes, that’s for sure! Cher xo

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  6. Quiche says:

    That Frank Lloyd guy thought of everything didn’t he!!! I can spot his style a mile off! He sounds like Mr. Penman of Penman’s of Paris textile mill back in the day. He had a look-out high up top of his house to see if people were leaving work early, he’d fire them!! Nice guy!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it cool, dearie? Ah really? Wow! Sounds like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons! “Release the hounds………………”!! *LOL* Cher xo

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