The Wright Way

New interactive map charts Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects

National Preservation
Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)
Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope Leighey House (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)

June, 8th marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright‘s birthday. To celebrate the National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched an interactive map charting many of Wright’s projects across the country. Along with the map a virtual tour of Wright’s Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia, was also launched.

The National Trust's interactive map divides Wright's career into four periods. (National Trust of Historic Preservation/Screenshot)

Screenshot of the National Trust’s interactive map divides Wright’s career into four periods. (Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation)

The National Trust worked with the geographic mapping company ESRI to compile the interactive resources. The map encompasses Wright’s lengthy career, from this work on the Jones Unity Chapel in 1886 through many of his unbuilt visions. Covering more than 60 projects, the map highlights the most famous of Wright’s estimated 400 built works. Each entry includes images and links to additional information.



The virtual tour of the Pope-Leighey House gives a more intimate look into a single project from 1941. Designed in Wright’s low-slung Prairie Style, the interior of the home is open and visually connected to the rich surrounding forest. Through custom furniture and fixtures, Wright’s signature designs abound, from intricate patterning to extensive brick and woodwork. According to the tour, years after the house was complete the owners wrote to Wright saying, “we don’t think anyone ever built a house with more warnings in their ears than we did… but we were aware that a man isn’t shot at unless he towers too high above the herd.”

The virtual tour of the Pope-Leighey House examines 26 views throughout the Prairie Style home. (National Trust of Historic Preservation/Screenshot)

Screenshoot of the virtual tour of the Pope-Leighey House examines 26 views throughout the Prairie Style home. (National Trust for Historic Preservation/Screenshot)

Along with the map and tour, the National Trust has also posted a short quiz that matches your personality with one of Wright’s eccentric houses. I was matched with Falling Water, which somehow makes sense. The interactive map from the National Trust for Historic Preservation map can be found here.

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