5 Frank Lloyd Wright Houses

See the restorations of four ingenious Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes—Suntop, Willey, Samara, and Pew—plus one created by two architects who studied closely with him.

See the restorations of four ingenious Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes—Suntop, WilleySamara, and Pew—plus one created by two architects who studied closely with him. 

A dining banquette is built into the kitchen balcony in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Suntop. The light fixture is original.

Edward Addeo

Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Suntop
Bewitched by Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative (and livable!) vision for a middle-class dwelling, a couple takes on the restoration of Suntop.

Light streams into the living room at the Lipkind House. Floors are red-stained concrete.

William Wright

Lipkind House, Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright
Designed by Pittsburgh architects Peter Berndtson and Cornelia Brierly, who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, the Lipkind house is carefully preserved.

A prominent feature of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willey house, designed for a Minnesota professor and his wife, is an expansive cantilevered trellis, which appears to hover over a row of French doors. Wright envisioned wisteria vines covering the trellis to help frame the view and blur the line between the indoors and out.

Steve Sikora

Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willey House
The innovative single-level Willey House, completed in 1934, is considered by some to be the bridge between Wright’s Prairie designs and his middle-class Usonian homes. Nearly 75 years after its completion, this Frank Lloyd Wright house has undergone a complete restoration.

Many planned design elements were added years later; the Samara rug, which seems to show winged seeds in motion, was placed as specified in 1994.

Samara: A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
Read the story behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara house.

The naturalistic modern Pew House in the Wisconsin woods.

William Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pew House
Wright’s Pew house on Lake Mendota in Wisconsin recall’s the architect’s famed Fallingwater, but on a more modest scale.

Frank Lloyd Wright Reading Recommendations

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: THE ROOMS Interiors and Decorative Arts by Margo Stipe (Rizzoli 2014) Intimate immersion inside the Prairie houses, Fallingwater, Hollyhock House & more.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PRAIRIE HOUSES by Alan Weintraub (Rizzoli 2006) Interiors and details of over 70 extant buildings of the Prairie School years. How Wright broke from Beaux Arts symmetry to create “a tartan plaid of main spaces and secondary spaces, of public rooms and circulation spaces”—with brilliant results.

THE PRAIRIE SCHOOL: Frank Lloyd Wright and his Midwest Contemporaries by H. Allen Brooks (Norton 2006) From its beginning to its end, Prairie School beyond Wright. Discusses the architects’ various contributions.

HOMETOWN ARCHITECT: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois by Patrick F. Cannon (Pomegranate 2006) Houses 1887–1913; this book is the pilgrimage documenting 27 Wright houses in Oak Park and River Forest. Photos include interiors.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT: THE HOUSES by Alan Weintraub (Rizzoli 2005) From the 1908 Prairie School Robie house in Chicago through his textile-block houses in Los Angeles, and on to Fallingwater and Taliesin West, here are FLW’s residential commissions all in one huge volume.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S INTERIORS by Thomas A. Heinz (Gramercy Books 2002) Shown are 1,000 interiors, including houses and public and corporate buildings, from throughout Wright’s career. Horizontal lines, natural elements, concrete, and brilliant use of three dimensions.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S GLASS DESIGNS by Carla Lind (Pomegranate 1995) Innovative design for windows, skylights, and decoration.


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