Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth/Harvest

Fabyan Villa designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fabyan Villa designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was a true visionary. He’s one of my favorite architects. How he rendered his visions from almost a century ago was a manifestation of his genius.

Why I have chosen one of his designed homes in this challenge? Because among the known architects, he pioneered and championed the relationship between nature and the structure. He believed that a building must blend in with its surroundings. That a home should just not sprout out of the earth but should be part of it.

Wright coined the word Organic.

“So here I stand before you preaching organic architecture: declaring organic architecture to be the modern ideal and the teaching so much needed if we are to see the whole of life, and to now serve the whole of life, holding no ‘traditions’ essential to the great TRADITION. Nor cherishing any preconceived form fixing upon us either past, present or future, but—instead—exalting the simple laws of common sense—or of super-sense if you prefer—determining form by way of the nature of materials…”

— Frank Lloyd Wright, An Organic Architecture, 1939

Eric Corey Freed takes a more seminal approach in making his description of the term:

“Using Nature as our basis for design, a building or design must grow, as Nature grows, from the inside out. Most architects design their buildings as a shell and force their way inside. Nature grows from the idea of a seed and reaches out to its surroundings. A building thus, is akin to an organism and mirrors the beauty and complexity of Nature.”

Unfortunately, picture-taking is not allowed but inside you would marvel at how modern it is. Wide windows are everywhere to let plenty of natural light in and efficient air circulation.

This house is notable for the many modern conveniences that moneyed people, like the Fabyans, could buy then. In a way, they were a very caring couple, taking care of the land and the hundreds of people that they employed.

Below is the grounds of the Fabyan Villa State Park. General George & Nelle Fabyan bought more than 400 acres of land as part of their estate but it has been reduced as some were sold to private entities. To know more about the museum and the park, go here and here.

Prairie garden

Prairie garden

365 Project: Day 205

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8 Responses to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Earth/Harvest

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    You nailed Earth so well with this post. Perfect. Thanks for participating.


  2. Amy says:

    Great post! I always admire his vision for the architecture.


  3. bebs1 says:

    Thank you Cee for giving us all the inspiration.


  4. bebs1 says:

    He is so remarkable. It is hard to imagine that he was from a different era and now his architecture knows no time.


  5. His buildings were very exciting, and still appear modern.


  6. lolaWi says:

    i enjoyed the tour! very interesting and yes, frank lloyd wright is so ahead of his time!


  7. bebs1 says:

    Even now, it is hard to believe that his works are still contemporary.


  8. bebs1 says:

    I agree 100%. Truly timeless!


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