The architect who is heralded by many as the greatest modern architect of all time touched the world of architecture in countless ways. Besides the fact that his groundbreaking ideas changed the world of design forever, Lloyd Wright’s work and instruction at both of his Taliesin studios influenced scores of architects that went on to become some of the best and brightest in the industry.
Taliesin West in Scottsdale Arizona, 1937. Photo by Andrew Horne.
Even though his personal life was tumultuous and sometimes tragic, two of Lloyd Wright’s sons and two of his grandchildren followed his footsteps into the world of architecture. Here is a look at their work:
Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.
The eldest son of Frank Lloyd Wright senior and his first wife, Catherine Lee Tobin, Lloyd Wright, Jr. studied architecture and landscape architecture briefly before jumping into the working world in Southern California in 1911. Although he specialized in landscapes, Lloyd Wright, Jr. worked in architecture as well, often hand in hand with the likes of Irving Gill, Rudolf Schindler, and of course, his father.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (right) with father Frank Lloyd Wright senior and son John Lloyd Wright.
Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – 1949. Photo courtesy of Fine Art America.
Frank Lloyd Wright senior’s Millard House with landscape design by Lloyd Wright, Jr. Photo courtesy of Millardhouse.com.
John Lloyd Wright
Despite the fact that John Lloyd Wright’s relationship with his father was decidedly rocky, the architecture giant’s second-eldest son nonetheless followed in his father’s footsteps after a brief stint as a toy designer. John left his mark in both worlds, designing the famous Lincoln Logs toys before moving on to architecture, where he contributed to both the Prairie School and International Styles.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Frank E. Compton House in La Jolla, CA – 1948. Photo by Julius Shulman.
Cookson House in San Fernando, CA – 1958. Photo by Charles Schneider.
MacPherson Studio House in Del Mar, CA – 1947. Photo courtesy of Modern San Diego.
Elizabeth Wright Ingraham
John Lloyd Wright’s daughter also seemed to exhibit the designer genes of her grandfather. She studied architecture with Mies van der Rohe at the Armour Institute and also attended the University of California at Berkeley before apprenticing at her grandfather’s famous architecture program at Taliesin. After settling with her husband in Colorado during the 1940s, Wright Ingraham designed hundreds of buildings in and around Colorado.
Elizabeth Wright Ingraham with husband, Gordon Ingraham. Photo courtesy of The Gazette.
Fountain Library in Colorado, 2005. Photo courtesy of The Gazette.
Solaz house in Manitou Springs, CO – 1969. Photo courtesy of The Gazette.
Beadle House in Colorado Springs, 1951. Photo courtesy of The Gazette.
Eric Lloyd Wright
Another grandchild of Frank Lloyd Wright, Eric Lloyd Wright was born to Lloyd Wright, Jr. in 1929. After graduating from UCLA, he immediately began working with his father and grandfather at Taliesin and Taliesin West. He later founded his own architectural firm Eric Lloyd Wright Architects and Planners, which is still practicing today.
Eric Lloyd Wright with grandfather Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Good Shepherd Community Church in Des Plaines, ME – 1960. Photo courtesy of Revitalize Des Plaines.
Ross House in Silver Lake, CA – 1957. Photo courtesy of Michael Locke.
Santaranta in Finland, 2011. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Finland.