150 years ago on this day, Frank Lloyd Wright, the genius of American architecture, was born in Wisconsin. He designed and built 532 buildings —with interior decoration and furniture— to create harmony between people and their environment. This philosophy, called organic architecture,  was best exemplified by the 1939 Pennsylvania home, Fallingwater, which was built over a creek and has been called the “best all-time work of American architecture.” Perhaps Wright’s most recognized masterpiece was also his last major work, ‘The Guggenheim’, a cylindrical  art museum in New York City known for its gently climbing spiral ramp. WATCH the film trailer of Ken Burns’s documentary… (1867)


His ethereal Unity Temple in Chicago, was ranked by Architectural Record at #6 in its list of most significant U.S. buildings of the 20th century.

Wright said that Nature (with a capital ‘N’) was his church, the motto for which was his Organic Commandment:

Love is the Virtue of the Heart
Sincerity the Virtue of the Mind
Courage the Virtue of the Spirit
Decision the Virtue of the Will.  (See some of his designs on products at Amazon) –Photo by Daderot, CC

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • A proposed Bill of Rights was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by James Madison, who is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” (1789)
  • The US Supreme Court ruled that D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons (1953)
  • New South Wales, Australia declared that homosexuality was not a crime (1984)
  • New Zealand established a national nuclear-free zone with a Disarmament, and Arms Control Act (1987)
  • The first World Ocean Day was celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1992)



And, Happy 92nd Birthday to Barbara Bush, the beloved first lady who advanced the cause of literacy and warmed hearts with her friendliness and sharp wit. She married George H. W. Bush as a teen and raised six children, managing 29 moves while her diplomat husband, a veteran Navy pilot of WWII, rose through the ranks of government. As first lady to the 41st president, she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. (Photo by Esther1616, CC, 2010)