Eight major works by Frank Lloyd Wright has been nominated to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO’s) World Heritage List. The collection represents the first modern architecture nomination from the United States.
The architecture spanning 50 years of Wright’s career includes:
- Unity Temple (constructed 1906-1909, Oak Park, Illinois);
- Frederick C. Robie House (constructed 1910, Chicago, Illinois);
- Taliesin (constructed 1911-1959, Spring Green, Wisconsin);
- Hollyhock House (constructed 1918-1921, Los Angeles, California);
- Fallingwater (constructed 1936-1939, Mill Run, Pennsylvania);
- Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (constructed 1936-1937, Madison, Wisconsin);
- Taliesin West (begun 1938, Scottsdale, Arizona); and
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (constructed 1956-1959, New York, New York).
Wright is considered to be one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century. The National Park Service submitted the nomination in November 2018, and it will be reviewed at the 2019 session of the World Heritage Committee in early July. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois, has coordinated the nomination.
Nominations are submitted by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to the World Heritage Committee, an independent body operating under the umbrella of UNESCO.