These are the tools the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy uses to save Wright.
We preserve Wright’s legacy by fostering continued research and scholarship through our magazine SaveWright and presentations at our annual conference. We recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations through the Wright Spirit Awards, and encourage the next generation of advocates and preservationists through the John G. Thorpe Young Professionals & Students Fellowship, which offers scholarships for students and young professionals to attend our annual conference.
The best way to learn about Wright’s buildings is to experience them firsthand. We provide the public the opportunity to experience the artistry of Wright’s architecture through the unique special events and tours, including our annual fall conference, our spring Out and About Wright weekend, private dinners and more. Thanks to our strong network of supportive homeowners and building administrators, the Conservancy is able to provide tours of seldom-seen private houses and special behind-the-scenes access to public buildings.
Advocating against the destruction of Wright buildings has led to the successful rescue of many important works over the Conservancy’s history. Advocacy can take on many forms—from quiet and careful behind-the-scenes negotiations with multiple stakeholders to mounting a public campaign, generating national awareness in major publications and launching petitions against a building’s demolition. We also advocate for the appropriate restoration and care of Wright’s architecture, encouraging communities and owners to recognize the importance of these buildings through landmarking and other protections, as well as sensitive restorations or updates when needed. We have contributed to U.S. landmark and World Heritage nominations, appeared at public hearings and provided letters of support. Our work complements the efforts of Wright public sites and preservation organizations across the country. We are concerned about both the preservation and the sustainability of all Wright buildings.
Since 1989, we have served as a first line of defense against demolition or neglect by monitoring the status of all Wright buildings. We stand ready to provide informational resources and referrals to support all Wright building stewards.
The News & Resources hub on our website includes articles specifically related to the stewardship, preservation and maintenance of Wright-designed buildings. Posts address diverse topics, many chosen from questions we have received and from responses to building steward surveys. We also host an online forum for discussing all things Wright, Wright Chat.
The Conservancy is continuously developing its list of professionals who have experience working with Wright structures. Depending on the need, we may be able to suggest appropriate professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, crafts, conservation, building contracting, research, historic preservation and real estate. To request or share a referral, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wright on the Market is the only online listing service dedicated exclusively to Wright-designed structures. It connects the sellers of Wright-designed buildings with preservation-minded potential buyers.
The Conservancy currently holds a number of preservation easements on buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In carrying out its responsibilities as easement holder, the Conservancy regularly monitors the sites and, when appropriate, assists owners in determining effective means of maintaining these sites.