“These buildings reflect the ‘organic architecture’ developed by Wright, which includes an open plan, a blurring of the boundaries between exterior and interior and the unprecedented use of materials such as steel and concrete,” the UNESCO news release said.
“Each of these buildings offers innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure. Wright’s work from this period had a strong impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe.”
The other properties added to the list are Unity Temple, the Frederick C. Robie House, Taliesin, Hollyhock House, and Taliesin West. They were all designed in the first half of the 20th century and are only a glimpse into the architectural mastermind’s more than 500 projects around the globe.
Guggenheim Museum in New York Credit: Courtesy Pixabay
The designation is mostly honorary, though World Heritage Sites typically receive increased tourism.
“To have this unique American legacy placed alongside these precious few sites around the globe is meaningful because it recognizes the profound influence of this American architect and his impact on the whole world,” said Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the foundation.
“These sites are not simply World Heritage monuments because they are beautiful. It’s so much more than that. These are places of profound influence, inspiration, and connection.”