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Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright Tour (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 11/02/2010 3:43 pm EDT   Updated: 02/14/2013 10:18 am EST

For some, dream trips consist of long walks along abandoned, exotic beaches or a culinary tour of Italy or France or even a road trip across Australia.

For us, one of our dreams is to tour the homes and architectural marvels of Frank Lloyd Wright. Though we would hardly call ourselves experts on the topic, there are so many stunning examples of his work around the country it would make for an engaging trip.

Here are 19 homes and places designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that are open to the public to this day.

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  • Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

    <a href="http://www.franklloydwright.org/fllwf_web_091104/Tours.html" target="_hplink">Built in 1937</a>, tours are now available every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter) from 9am to 4pm.

  • Taliesin, Wisconsin

    This Spring Green home is open for <a href="http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/visitors-guide/our-tours/house-tour" target="_hplink">2-hour tours</a> every day from 12pm to 3pm.

  • Fallingwater House, Pennsylvania

    This home, built in 1937, is <a href="http://www.fallingwater.org/82/tours-and-tickets" target="_hplink">open for tours</a> every day from 10am to 4pm (reservations are essential) and is closed every Wednesday.

  • Darwin D. Martin Home, Buffalo, New York

    This <a href="http://www.darwinmartinhouse.org/tours.php" target="_hplink">1904 property </a>is currently under restoration, but normally 90-minute tours are available every day except Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Price Tower, Oklahoma

    Wright's <a href="http://pricetower.org/" target="_hplink">only realized sky scraper</a> now serves as a National Historic Landmark and houses a museum, hotel and bar inside.

  • Hollyhock House, Los Angeles

    Built between 1919 and 1921, the home was designed for philanthropist Aline Barnsdall. Tour the home (<a href="http://hollyhockhouse.net/visit/" target="_hplink">reservations not essential</a>) Wednesday through Sunday.

  • Guggenheim Museum, New York

    This famous New York museum was <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org/" target="_hplink">built in 1959</a> and is now open every day except Thursday.

  • Kentuck Knob, Pennsylvania

    <a href="http://www.kentuckknob.com/directions.html" target="_hplink">One of the last homes </a>to be completed by Wright, Kentuck Knob was opened in 1956 in Chalk Hill.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Illinois

    You can visit the <a href="http://gowright.org/visit/home-and-studio/tour-information.html" target="_hplink">1889-built home and studio</a> of Wright himself in Oak Park. Tours are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and the last week in January by guided tour (reservations recommended).

  • Unity Temple, Illinois

    Wright was just 38-years old when he got the commission to build the temple in 1871. Of the building Wright <a href="http://www.unitytemple-utrf.org/building.html" target="_hplink">reportedly said</a>, "That was my first expression of this eternal idea which is at the center and core of all true modern architecture. A sense of space, a new sense of space."

  • Dana-Thomas House, Illinois

    This <a href="http://www.dana-thomas.org/tours.htm" target="_hplink">1904-built home </a>is open for 20-minute tours 9am to 4pm on Wednesday through Sunday. Reservations are not necessary.

  • Robie House, Illinois

    Created for Wright's client <a href="http://gowright.org/visit/robie-house.html" target="_hplink">Frederick C. Robie</a> in 1910, the building sits on the campus of the University of Chicago. Tours are open to the public Thursday through Monday (book in advance).

  • Biltmore Hotel, Arizona

    Wright served as the <a href="http://www.arizonabiltmore.com/about/" target="_hplink">consulting architect </a>on this hotel, opened in 1929.

  • Wingspread, Wisconsin

    Herbert Fisk Johnson commissioned Wright to design his home after Wright created the headquarters for the S.C. Johnson & Son company. Wingspread, a 14,000-foot home, was <a href="http://www.johnsonfdn.org/at-wingspread/wingspread" target="_hplink">completed in 1939</a>.

  • Weltzheimer/Johnson House, Ohio

    The <a href="http://www.oberlin.edu/amam/flwright.html" target="_hplink">Weltzheimer/Johnson House</a> sits a few blocks away from Oberlin's campus. Completed in 1949, the house is open for tours on the first and third Sundays of the month.

  • Pope-Leighey House, Virginia

    This 1,200-square foot Alexandria, Virginia home was commissioned by journalist Loren Pope in 1939. Its second owner, Marjorie Leighey, <a href="http://popeleighey1940.org/" target="_hplink">donated the home</a> to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The home is open for tours Thursday through Monday, 10am to 5pm.

  • Stockman House, Iowa

    <a href="http://www.stockmanhouse.org/" target="_hplink">Built in 1909</a> for George C. & Eleanor Stockman, the home is opened Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

  • Rosenbaum House, Alabama

    This home, <a href="http://www.wrightinalabama.com/contact.html" target="_hplink">built in 1939</a> for newlyweds Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum, is the only Wright home in Alabama. The home is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.

  • Gordon House, Oregon

    The <a href="http://www.thegordonhouse.org/tours.html" target="_hplink">only Wright building in Oregon</a> (it was commissioned in 1957 and completed in 1963, four years after Wright's death) is open for guided tours of the home 12pm to 4pm.

  • Falling Water

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robyne_Turner"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1186308690/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robyne_Turner">Robyne Turner</a>:<br />

  • Child of the Sun, Florida Southen College

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SLM2003"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/739076-2-tiny.png?20100827232132" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SLM2003">SLM2003</a>:<br />The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel and William H. Danforth Chapel, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida

  • Greycliff, Derby, NY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jack_C"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jack_C">Jack C</a>:<br />Tours are available daily except Wednesdays through November 28, 2010. Please call for reservations! Basic tours last one hour; admission is $15 or $10 for students (age 10-22 with i.d.) Graycliff tours are not appropriate for children under age 10. Graycliff is located at Box 823, 6472 Old Lakeshore Rd, Derby, NY 14047 Please contact us at 716-947-9217 or tours@graycliffestate.org

  • muirhead farmhouse, hampshire, illinois

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss">Karla Kaulfuss</a>:<br />

  • heurtley house, oak park, illinois

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss">Karla Kaulfuss</a>:<br />

  • hoyt house, geneva, illinois

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karla_Kaulfuss">Karla Kaulfuss</a>:<br />

  • The Historic Park Inn & City National Bank Building, Mason City, Iowa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier">Claudia Collier</a>:<br />This is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1909-1910). It is currently undergoing restoration and will re-open as a 27-room boutique hotel in June, 2011. It is a classic example of Prairie School Architecture

  • The Historic Park Inn & City National Bank Building, Mason City, Iowa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier">Claudia Collier</a>:<br />The last remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1909=1910). It is currently undergoing restoration and will re-open as a 27-room boutique hotel in June, 2011. A classic example of Prairie School Architecture.

  • The Historic Park Inn & City National Bank Building, Mason City, Iowa

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Claudia_Collier">Claudia Collier</a>:<br />The last remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1909-1910) is currently undergoing restoration. It will re-open as a 27-room boutique hotel in June, 2011. A classic example of Prairie School Architecture.

  • Sutton House, Nebraska

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Linko"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Linko">John Linko</a>:<br />The Harvey P. Sutton House in McCook, Nebraska, a classic Prairie Style residence built in 1905. McCook is a charming small community in southwest Nebraska along US-6.

  • Lloyd-Jones House, "Westhope", Oklahoma

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Linko"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/John_Linko">John Linko</a>:<br />House built for Wright relative Richard Lloyd-Jones in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1929. Reminiscent of Wright's "textile block" houses in California, the residence, attached servant's quarters, and large garage tops out at over 10,000 square feet, large for a Wright-designed reisdence.

  • Rosenbaum Usonian House

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/puddintane"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/68662-tiny.png?20101230171306" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/puddintane">puddintane</a>:<br />Built for Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum in Florence, Alabama. They took residence in 1948. After their 4th child and needing more space, the addition on this end was completed in 1948, adding 1,084 square feet. http://www.wrightinalabama.com/

  • Taliesin West at Night

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/puddintane"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/68662-tiny.png?20101230171306" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/puddintane">puddintane</a>:<br />Architecture School is on the left side.

  • Bradley House, Kankakee Illinois

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Klaus_Schuller"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/1531681.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Klaus_Schuller">Klaus Schuller</a>:<br />Built in 1900 and recently restored, it is open for regular tours on weekends and during the week by appointment.

  • Allen-Lambe House, Wichita, Kansas

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  • Gammage Auditorium, Tempe AZ

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/denislpaul"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/denislpaul">denislpaul</a>:<br />Complimentary 30-minute tours of Gammage Auditorium are given on Mondays, when it is not being used for performances, rehearsals or event set-up

  • Willits House

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/darrenpeister"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/4392307.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/darrenpeister">darrenpeister</a>:<br />Considered to be THE most important house because it's his first Prairie house. It's 25 miles north of Chicago. A quiet neighborhood.

  • Emil Bach House 1915

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/darrenpeister"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/4392307.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/darrenpeister">darrenpeister</a>:<br />A very small home about 15 miles north of Chicago. A treasure for sure!

  • Monona Terrace, Madison WI

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Monona_Terrace"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Monona_Terrace">Monona Terrace</a>:<br />FRrank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace, Madison WI

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