We facilitate the preservation and stewardship of the remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through advocacy, education and technical services. Our vision is that the remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are valued and preserved as a vital part of our artistic, cultural and architectural heritage.
Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered to be the greatest American architect. In a career spanning more than 70 years, he created more than a thousand designs and saw more than half of them realized. Today, people all over the world value and admire Wright buildings as works of art.
Some were lost to fire. Some to neglect. Others were demolished a few short decades after their construction to make way for new development. In the 1980s a group of concerned citizens—Wright homeowners, architects, scholars, preservationists and admirers of Wright’s work—decided enough was enough.
A professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, while attempting to restore Wright’s long-neglected Darwin Martin House (then owned by SUNY), conceived of a gathering of Wright building owners and directors of publicly accessible Wright buildings. These initial annual meetings confirmed the need for a larger organization, open to everyone, with one goal: Save Wright.
In 1989, the Conservancy was founded. Since its formation, the Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Chicago, Illinois, has grown to include thousands of members and supporters of our mission worldwide. Membership is open to anyone interested in Wright, including architects, scholars, preservationists, architecture and design enthusiasts, and, very importantly, those who live and work in Wright’s buildings. The Conservancy doesn’t own any Wright buildings, but we work to protect them all. Our full-time staff is augmented by dedicated and knowledgeable board members who are experts in architecture and preservation as well as building owners and volunteers all over the country whose diverse range of specialized skills and networks allows us to promptly and creatively respond to the threats, challenges and issues facing Wright buildings and their owners.
Mission: We facilitate the preservation and stewardship of the remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through advocacy, education and technical services.
Vision: The remaining built works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are valued and preserved as a vital part of our artistic, cultural and architectural heritage.
Commitment: We are committed to exploring and implementing creative and long-lasting solutions to preserve all Frank Lloyd Wright’s remaining built works.
Responsible Stewardship: We are dedicated to convening and collaborating with building stewards to ensure the integrity of Wright’s built works is preserved utilizing site-appropriate solutions, which meet professional standards of conservation and responsible stewardship.
Excellence: We strive to provide responsive service, high quality programs, accurate technical information and informed communications.
Partnerships: We value our partnerships with regional, national and international organizations, which enable us to achieve more impactful results through collaboration.
A Diverse Community: We enable a broad and diverse community of people to experience Wright’s designs through our programmatic content.
Respectful Environment: We value an inclusive, respectful and welcoming environment for our staff, board, members and participants.
The Conservancy’s current strategic plan was adopted in May 2019. Read it to learn more about the core pillars of our mission and the specific goals we are working towards.