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Honoring Frank Lloyd Wright

 The 1949 AIA Gold Medal
Always an individualist, Frank Lloyd Wright never joined the American Institute of Architects. Nonetheless, the AIA recognized his immense contribution to American architecture by awarding him the AIA Gold Medal for 1949. AIA President Douglas William Orr presented the award to Wright at the AIA Convention in Houston, Texas, on the evening of Thursday, March 17, 1949. Wright’s speech to the packed banquet hall was broadcast by a local radio station. A limited number of 78 rpm records of the broadcast were produced.
 > Listen to Frank Lloyd Wright's acceptance speech (36 min; mp3)
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  > Read the speech in the May 1949 Journal of the A.I.A. (pdf)
Preserving Wright’s Legacy
After Wright’s death in 1959, the AIA Board passed a resolution to urge that sixteen of his most significant works be forever preserved. One more was later added, bringing the final list to 17 buildings:
1. W.H. Winslow House, River Forest, Illinois (1893)
2. Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, Oak Park, Illinois (1895)
3. Ward Willitts House, Highland Park, Illinois (1902)
4. Unity Church, Oak Park, Illinois (1906)
5. Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago, Illinois (1909)
6. "Hollyhock House", Los Angeles, California (1920)
7. Taliesin III, Spring Green, Wisconsin (1925)
8. "Fallingwater", Edgar J. Kaufmann, Jr., House, Bear Run, Pennsylvania (1936)
9. S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Administration Building, Racine, Wisconsin (1936-39)
10. Taliesin West, Maricopa Mesa, Paradise Valley, near Phoenix, Arizona (1938)
11. Unitarian Church, Madison, Wisconsin (1947)
12. Heliolaboratory, S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., Racine, Wisconsin (1950)
13. V.C. Morris Shop, San Francisco, California (1951)
14. H.C. Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (1952-55)
15. Beth Sholom Synagogue, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (1958-59)
16. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York (1957-59)
17. Paul R. Hanna House, Palo Alto, California (1937)
> Read the full text of the AIA Board Resolution, with more buildings recommended by the Board’s Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Committee as also worthy of preservation, and plans for a photographic tribute at the 1959 Convention.
AIA’s Twenty-five Year Award Recognizes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings
Four of Wright’s buildings have received the AIA’s Twenty-Five Year Award. This award was established in 1969 to recognize architectural design of enduring significance. It is conferred on a project that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years.
1973 Taliesin West, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Frank Lloyd Wright
1974 Johnson and Son Administration Building, Racine, Wis., Frank Lloyd Wright
1983 Price Tower, Bartlesville, Okla., Frank Lloyd Wright
1986 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright

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