Wright, Frank Lloyd
- Anthony Alofsin
Wright, Frank Lloyd (08 June 1867–09 April 1959), architect, was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, the son of William Cary Wright and Anna Lloyd Jones. The middle name given to him at birth was Lincoln, but he adopted the name Lloyd in 1886, an indication of his strong identification with the Lloyd Joneses, the Welsh family of his mother. She had been a schoolteacher; his father worked at various times as a lawyer, preacher, school superintendent, and music teacher and was known as a distinguished orator. After ten years of peripatetic life, the family returned to Wisconsin in 1877 to live in Madison near relatives of Anna Wright who were farmers outside Spring Green. Sent to his relatives’ farms to labor during the summers, Wright acquired a lifelong appreciation of nature. From his father he learned piano and musical structure; from his mother, the lessons of the Froebel kindergarten system, which involved the manual handling of simple geometric shapes, and thus developed a perception of geometric forms. His father left his mother in 1885 and filed for divorce....