Architect. He designed office, hotel and museum buildings, as well as dwellings for rich and poor, that were constructed across America and internationally, some of which were controversial and impractical (such as New York's Guggenheim Museum, which because of its futuristic design of curves and sweeps does not allow for space to exhibit paintings) The main concentration of his structures are located in Oak Park, Illinois, while other commissions were completed years after his death such as the stunning lakefront Monono Terrace Community and Convention Center located in Madison, Wisconsin. Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, his father deserted the family and left them to fend for themselves much as Frank himself did when he simply abandoned his first wife and four children and moved in with his neighbor Margaret (Mamah) Cheney. She became the tragedy of his life when murdered along with her two children and two others by the family servant at his residence, who then set fire to the dwelling in a dispute over his salary. He resided summers in Wisconsin and winters at his estate in Arizona. In the Spring of 1959, intestinal blockage surgery failed and Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of ninety-one. The body was returned to his 1,600 acre estate at Spring Green, Wisconsin. After a service, a horse and wagon carried his body from Unity Chapel to where the graves of many members of the Wright family (his mother, his mistress Mamah and her two children) are interred. His first wife, Kitty had died at age 92 a few weeks before. However, after the death of Olgivanna Wright his last wife, his body was disinterred, his remains cremated and his ashes mixed with Olivanna's and then divided: some spread over the Arizona desert and the rest interred on the Wright estate.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield