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Literary Landmarks: Frank Lloyd Wright Home

TFrank Lloyd Wright Home In 1889 Wright completed the construction of a small two-story residence in Oak Park on the Western edges of Chicago. The building was the first over which Wright exerted complete artistic control. Designed as a home for his family, the Oak Park residence was a site of experimentation for the young architect during the twenty-year period he lived there. Wright revised the design of the building multiple times, continually refining ideas that would shape his work for decades to come. In September of 1909, Wright left America for Europe to work on the publication of a substantial monograph of his buildings and projects, the majority of which had been designed in his Oak Park Studio.

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On This Day:
  • London Tower Bridge crossing the River Thames opens, 1894
  • Charles Blondin (Jean-François Cravelet) crosses the Niagara Gorge from the US to Canada by tightrope then recrosses blindfolded while carrying his manager on his back, 1859
  • President Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation," 1864
  • Albert Einstein publishes article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" in which he introduces special relativity, 1905
  • Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone with the Wind is published, 1936
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