Wright's 150th Birthday

Fallingwater Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday through a series of activities and events at the architect’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.


Wright (1867-1959) is widely considered to be one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century and the father of modern architecture. Honor Wright’s 150th birthday – June 8 – and tremendous legacy by attending free lectures and exhibition at Fallingwater.

In addition, visitors also have the opportunity to sample special menu items offered at the Fallingwater Café based on some of Wright’s favorite recipes, including one for his birthday cake – a confection of walnuts, chocolate and strawberries. And, starting in June, the Fallingwater Museum Store will have 150th commemorative specialty items for sale, from baseball caps to wooden holiday ornaments.

Lecture Series

This special lecture series is presented by Fallingwater staff June through August 2017. The 30-minute lectures will be held most Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in the Hillman Education Pavilion located at the Fallingwater Visitor Center.

Lectures are available to all Fallingwater visitors. Registration is not required.

“What is Organic Architecture Anyway?”
June 15, July 20 and August 17 at 2 p.m.

“Playing with Architecture: The Froebel Gifts and Frank Lloyd Wright”

June 22, August 3 and August 31 at 2 p.m.

“A Total Work of Art: The Interiors of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Homes”

July 6 and August 24 at 2 p.m.

“Living, Working, Experimenting: The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright”

August 10 at 2 p.m.


Wright for Wright: The Experimental Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Homes
On view in the Speyer Gallery May through December 2017

In his 1953 book, The Future of Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright famously declared, “Every great architect is—necessarily—a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” The poetry of Wright’s architecture drew from nature and his three most personal designs—a home and studio in Oak Park, Illinois; a rural Wisconsin estate, Taliesin; and an Arizona desert sanctuary, Taliesin West—reflected an evolution of his organic architecture principles over a span of seven decades. Each home encapsulated differing roles for Wright as a designer, teacher, writer, or businessman where living and working were often simultaneous activities. Now public sites, Wright for Wright explores the important design aspects of each home as well as their function within Wright’s life and legacy.