Book Talk with Lisa Schrenk on “The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright”

Tuesday, June 15
5:00 p.m. CDT
Via Zoom

Hear from architectural historian Lisa Schrenk about her new book, which breaks the myth of Wright as the lone genius and reveals new insights into the architect’s early career through the lens of his residential studio in Oak Park between 1898 and 1909. With a rich narrative voice and meticulous detail, Schrenk tracks the practice’s evolution: addressing how the studio fits into the Chicago-area design scene; identifying other architects working there and their contributions; and exploring how the suburban setting and the nearby presence of Wright’s family influenced office life.

About the Speaker:
Lisa D. Schrenk is Associate Professor of Architectural History and a Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona, as well as a former Education Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation (now the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust). Her research on international expositions and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright has resulted in numerous publications, including the books Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair and The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Architectural Historians and as President of the Chicago Society of Architectural Historians. Her photography includes documenting works of architecture in over 85 countries, including while teaching on two around-the-world Semester at Sea voyages.

Tickets and registration:
Advance registration is required. Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for Friend-level members of the Conservancy; and free for Associate-level members and above. If you are not a Conservancy member, click here to learn more about member benefits.

Registrants will receive a promo code good for 30% off the purchase of the book from the University of Chicago Press.

How this event works:
Registration will close two hours before the start of the talk, shortly after which all registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the event. Please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the event. A recording will be made available to registrants to view for one month after the event.

If you have questions or require registration assistance, please email

Sponsored by Rotary Historic Preservation Fellowship. 

Posted on May 14, 2021

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