Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) revolutionized American domestic architecture. He was just thirty-five in 1902, the year he began design of the Dana House. He was already well-known in the Midwest for his innovative approach to residential architecture. The Dana House commission was his largest to that date, providing the opportunity to experiment with new design ideas and techniques. Many of these were later incorporated into some of his most famous houses.
Wright worked briefly for Joseph Lyman Silsbee and was for six years chief draftsman for the renowned Chicago architect, Louis Sullivan. There he worked on many outstanding public projects, such as Chicago’s Auditorium Theater and Hotel, the Transportation Building for the Columbian Exposition and the Wainwright Building in St. Louis, considered the first skyscraper.
Wright established his own architectural office in 1893, and quickly attracted clients who agreed with the principles of the Prairie style. At the time of his death, he had completed 638 designs. Few artists can claim the imaginative range and breadth of vision that is demonstrated in Wright’s work.