10 Places to Celebrate 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright
Check out these 10 hotels and homes designed or inspired by one of the world's greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, that you can book now.
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Nemacolin's Falling Rock
Just down the road from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well-known architectural work, is Nemacolin’s Falling Rock. This 42-room boutique hotel was designed by David Merritt, an apprentice of Wright’s at Taliesin in Wisconsin. Located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, this AAA five-diamond resort celebrates Wright’s signature style with natural building materials and finishes, even a triangular exterior design to ensure every guest room receives plenty of natural light by way of a corner window. If sleep trumps style for you, indulge in the 10-option pillow menu, high-end sheets and super-soft chenille bedding. From $349 per night.
Lloyd Wright Oasis
Designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Lloyd Wright Oasis was built in 1926. Located in Hollywood, California, this luxurious three-bedroom home was renovated in 2000 by celebrity home designer Xorin Balbes and featured in Architectural Digest. Sliding pocket doors allow all rooms to open up to a lush interior courtyard with a pool and colorful blooming vines, fulfilling Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for living spaces that harmonize with nature. A collection of antiques was added to the home during the renovation, including an Indonesian Buddha set atop the master bedroom. From $2,695 per night.
Seth Peterson Cottage
As the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll find the architect's influences all across Wisconsin. Designed in 1958, the tranquil Seth Peterson Cottage in Lake Delton, Wisconsin was one of Wright's last commissioned works. Set on a bluff overlooking scenic Mirror Lake, this home feels larger than its tiny footprint - there's just 880-square feet of living space - thanks to large picture windows and a seamless blend of natural building materials, like pine and sandstone. Cottage rental includes a canoe, paddles and life jackets to enjoy Mirror Lake. From $250 per night.
The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix may have been designed by Albert Chase McArthur, but the influences of Frank Lloyd Wright throughout the resort are unmistakable. McArthur not only studied under Wright, but also brought on Wright as a consulting architect for a time. Built in 1929, the Arizona Biltmore was constructed entirely with "Biltmore Block" a variant of a textile block Wright first used on residential homes that were made with desert sand and pre-cast in geometric patterns. The resort, as well as its unique garden sculptures, are among the most well-known sights in Arizona. From $132 per night.
Emil Bach House
Built in 1915 for Emil Bach, president of Chicago's Bach Brick Company, the two-bedroom Emil Bach House differs from Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style homes, which more seamlessly blend with their wide open natural spaces. Instead, this home sits on a small city lot near the shore of Lake Michigan and incorporates modern window designs and geometric composition. Anchored by a central fireplace, Wright used just one color throughout the home, uniting interior with exterior, another way this style differed from Prairie homes. Don't want to stay the night? Tours are offered from early-May through late-September. From $495 per night.
The Sanctuary near Branson, Missouri was not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but this vacation rental was inspired by Wright's philosophy that "architecture must be natural, intuitive" and should "evolve from and express the environment from which it grows." Nestled into the landscape, natural light flows through the Sanctuary at all times of day. The architect of this upscale three-bedroom home used natural elements, like rock, wood, falling water and the home's natural slope to give residents and guests a sense of peace and oneness with nature. A delightful solarium brings the outdoors in year-round. From $129 per night.
Louis Penfield House
Built in 1955, the Louis Penfield House sits on 30 wooded acres and overlooks the Chagrin River in Lake County, Ohio. This three-bedroom home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright impresses with soaring 12-foot ceilings put in place to accommodate the original owner who stood at 6'8”. Guests will be delighted by cabinetry and furniture designed by the famous architect and made from black cherry wood found on the property. Using natural materials on the land furthered Wright's vision of organic architecture. Stay the night or buy the home outright since the home is currently on the market. From $275 per night.
In 1938, _Life_ magazine invited Frank Lloyd Wright to participate in an article titled "Eight Houses for Modern Living" asking him to design a modern home for a typical American family. His design offered families both convenience and style, and was later constructed in 1940. Known as Still Bend, this four-bedroom home is located in the quaint village of Two Rivers, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. This home made use of local building materials, like tidewater red cypress, brick and batten. Wright further went on to design tables, chairs, even fruit bowls for the home. From $325 per night.
Historic Park Inn Hotel
The Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. His organic architectural legacy has been preserved and restored throughout the hotel, from the wide overhangs to the stained glass skylights. The boutique hotel has 27 guest rooms, but no two are alike, each with retro-style furnishings, like brass beds and clawfoot tubs. Guests can step back to the year 1910 with a stay in the Historic Suite, which has been restored to its original design. From $118 per night.