Could Frank Lloyd Wright be World Heritage List Worthy?
For many architecture junkies in the United States, myself included, Frank Lloyd Wright buildings are sacred in American architecture. While many of these buildings are considered National Landmarks and receive thousands to millions of visitors per year, like Fallingwater (pictured), none of these buildings are listed as World Heritage Sites. In fact, no modern works of modern architecture from the United States are actually on the World Heritage List.
In regards to statistics, the United States ranks fairly low on the number of World Heritage Sites, having only 21 out of the 936 scattered across 153 countries. However, this might be about to change.
Around 400 buildings were reviewed by scholars, who determined which buildings would meet the qualification of having outstanding, universal value and are most representative of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eleven properties are currently under consideration. These are Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; the Robie House in Chicago, Illinois; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, California; Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin; Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., in Racine, Wisconsin; Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin; Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona; Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, New york; and the Marion County Civic Center in San Rafael, California.
The Frank Lloyd Wright porfolio of nominations is only part of a new sweep in the United States to nominate more sites to the World Heritage List.
ReferencesFrank Lloyd Wright buildings to be nominated to World Heritage List Fallingwater Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to be nominated as World Heritage sites Taliesin West Guggenheim Price Tower Arts Centre
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