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8 Buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright re-nominated to UNESCO World Heritage Status

United States - Dec 28, 2018 - 03:45   2779 views

The United States has submitted eight buildings of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to be re-nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage Status, which will be considered by the World Heritage Committee in July 2019.

In 2015, a group of 10 buildings of Wright was submitted to the World Heritage List, but the projects were sent back after some revisions by the World Heritage Committee in 2016.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (constructed 1956-1959, New York, New York). Image © David Heald, courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Submitted by the U.S. Department of the Interior to the World Heritage Committee, an independent body that operates under the umbrella of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the nominations are coordinated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The nominations were sent to the World Heritage Centre in paris on November 20, 2018.

Titled "The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright", the list includes a group of eight major works by Frank Lloyd Wright, widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century.

Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (constructed 1936-1937, Madison, Wisconsin). Image courtesy of Flickr CC Kyle Magnuson

Spanning 50 years of Wright’s career, the lists includes Unity Temple in Illinois, the Frederick C. Robie House in Illinois, Taliesin in Wisconsin, Hollyhock House in California, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Wisconsin, Taliesin West in Arizona and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The nominations will be reviewed at the 2019 session of the World Heritage Committee, scheduled to be held in early July in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Frank Lloyd Wright' Hollyhock House (1919 and 1921) in the East Hollywood neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Image © Hollyhock House, courtesy of shaping beauty

"As the only organization with the mission to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this nomination is one of the most important shared endeavors the organization has undertaken," explained in a statement  by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Frederick C. Robie House (constructed 1910, Chicago, Illinois). Image © Tim Long, courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

"The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy worked with the council of sites and leading scholars over the last two years to revise the nomination and rework the justification for inscription. Based on advice from the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), which is the official advisor to the WHC for cultural properties, the group made the difficult decision to remove Price Tower (constructed 1953-1956, Bartlesville, Oklahoma) and Marin County Civic Center (constructed 1960-1969, San Rafael, California) from the nomination, dropping the list to eight Wright-designed buildings."

Taliesin West (begun 1938, Scottsdale, Arizona). Image © Foskett Creative, courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

"Serial” nominations involving discontiguous properties by a single architect are highly complex and requiring further refinements to the nomination is not uncommon. In 2016, 3 the WHC inscribed 17 works by Le Corbusier to the List after the nomination was reworked multiple times," added the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

Taliesin (constructed 1911-1959, Spring Green, Wisconsin). Image courtesy of

If the nomination process is fulfilled succesfully, Wright's buildings is expected to stimulate regional tourism. Further, the Wright sites will be one of only 24 World Heritage sites in the U.S., and the only listing of modern architecture in this country. You can see the details of the nominations from the World Heritage Nomination Book

Unity Temple (constructed 1906-1909, Oak Park, Illinois). Image © Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune

Top image: Fallingwater, mill run, pennsylvania (constructed 1936-1939). Image courtesy of

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