What's Chicago without a little Frank Lloyd Wright?
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No, that's Bruce Price in Tuxedo Park, New York (1885/86).
I stopped at
Wright pushes six panes together, lifts the arch above them and all but begins to make a modern ribbon window!
The triangle reminds me of Venturi's post-modern house for his mother, in which he also plays with the windows, and I loved the proto-post-modernism or maybe more mannerism, in Frank Lloyd Wright's Studio, when he stops the posts before they rise up to meet the heavy beams.
At Unity Temple you wander on your own. Led and conducted by Wright's rigorous, flowing and "musical composition" you absorb this sacred space as you will, pass through it as you like, and as it passes through you.
At the FLW Home and Studio you first enter the gift shop to buy tickets for the tour. That's a sad sequence of spaces confusing the soul seeking beauty. Next it's a docent-led tour. You can't but marvel at the creativity here, the modernity and the genius; that Wright designed in this place Robie House, the Larkin Building and Unity Temple, and that he designed his house in so many ways to instill creativity in the six children he raised here with his wife Catherine.
The docents are well-informed and tell Wright good stories, but I would also appreciate the option of visiting in silence. Facts can be learned before you enter, on YouTube or a smartphone. The architecture can only be experienced here; and you've made the effort to physically come here. Let the architecture do its thing. If conditions are right and you're quiet and open, architecture can do things to you that nothing else can.
So now I head in the direction indicated by the prow of Wright's Robie House. As we all do at a certain point in our lives, I head west.