The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
More than 35 years ago the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust was established. Originally known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation in 1974, the goal of the non-profit was to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s original Home and Studio in Oak Park. The Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois is considered the birthplace of American residential architecture and is a very historic property. In 1976 the Home and Studio was officially listed as a National Historic Landmark, ensuring that it would be protected for generations to come.
Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan
Frank Lloyd Wright first traveled to Japan in 1905. Wright had a strong fascination with Japanese art for many years, especially ukiyoe prints. Much of Wrights architectural work has distinct Japanese influences. Other than being a celebrated architect, Wright was also an avid collector of Japanese art, including many hundreds of ukiyoe prints. Wright would not only design houses for his clients, he would often sell the art used to decorate those houses. Though Wright never admitted to being influenced by Japanese art and architecture, it is clear in many of his designs that he valued Japanese aesthetics.
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust & Chicago Public Schools at Langston Hughes Elementary
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust partnered with CPS to deliver programming at several CPS schools with Japanese language programs. Langston Hughes seventh and eighth graders participated in a project to help them develop their own ukiyoe prints. Students studied Wright’s works and took field trips to visit his designs. Upon their return, students were asked to go for a walk in their neighborhood to make observations that would then be used in their own ukiyoe prints. Students were asked to observe nature, structures they were familiar with, and ultimately create their prints. The students engaged well and the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust instructors were pleased with their effort and abilities.