Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Tours, Chicago

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The mission of the Trust is to engage, educate and inspire the public through interpretation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design legacy and preservation of his original sites for future generations. The Trust presents five Wright structures as public historic architecture museums, his remarkable Home and Studio and groundbreaking Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; his Prairie style masterpiece, the Robie House in Chicago; The Rookery Light Court in downtown Chicago’s financial district; and his jewel-like Emil Back House in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood.

The Trust is responsible for funding, restoring and preserving the Home and Studio and Robie House. More information on the many restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust can be found at www.flwright.org.

History of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

The Trust was established in 1974 as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, to acquire and preserve Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park as the birthplace of American residential architecture. In 1975, the Home and Studio became a co-stewardship property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Home and Studio Foundation embarked on its mission to restore and operate the building as a historic house museum. In 1976, the Home and Studio was declared a National Historic Landmark. The ensuing $3+ million restoration was completed in 1987, at which time it received the American Institute of Architects' prestigious National Honor Award.

In February 1997, the Home and Studio Foundation built upon its past success by assuming responsibility for the management and restoration of Wright's Robie House, located on the University of Chicago campus. At that time, Wright’s Robie House became one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 21 historic sites. In 2000, the Home and Studio Foundation changed its name to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to better reflect the dual stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and Wright’s Robie House.

In November 2010, the Trust established a new facility in The Rookery—a National Historic Landmark in downtown Chicago. The Trust's administrative offices and a ShopWright gift store are located in The Rookery.

The Rookery is an icon of architecture set in the heart of the Midwest’s central financial district. The structure is both quintessentially Chicago, and contains one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most dramatic and significant interior compositions. In 1905 Wright remodeled The Rookery Light Court—creating a stunning balance between Burnham and Root’s ironwork and ornamentation with his own Prairie style concepts. The Trust offers Light Court Tours at noon Monday through Friday.

A dedicated group of more than 500 volunteers provide interpretive tours of both museum sites to 102,000 visitors from around the world each year. The Trust provides an array of inspiring public education programs, and operates a public access research center containing special collections on the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architecture. Governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a staff of more than 50 employees, the Trust's operating income is derived from tours, merchandise proceeds, memberships, donations and grants from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Its financial responsibilities include fully funding the preservation and restoration of the Home and Studio and Robie House.

In December 2013, organization streamlined its name to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust to send a simpler and stronger message.
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  • It was so interesting and informative that it seemed far shorter. Beginning in the house and then the studio and then a short break and then out on the streets of Oak Park on a stunning autumn...  more »
  • Very Interesting, insightful to the history of Frank, good guides with great amount of knowledge. Book early  more »

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