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Ambitious plans to resurrect the lost buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright one by one

An ambitious plan to start resurrecting the lost buildings of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has moved a step closer.

Guggenheim Museum in New York
Guggenheim Museum in New York Image by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Plans are afoot to redevelop a pavilion in the Canadian Rockies, which Lloyd Wright designed but was demolished less than thirty years later. Lloyd Wright is arguably the United States’ most beloved modern architect with his most famous buildings, the Guggenheim museum in New York and the house Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, attracting visitors from across the globe.

Fallingwater, primal Kaufmann-House, Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright.
Fallingwater, primal Kaufmann-House, Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. Image by Spiegl/ullstein bild via Getty Images

The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative is now hoping to rebuild his lost structures one by one. They are currently trying to raise US$2 million through a crowdfunding project to rebuild the Banff Park Pavilion, a design dating from 1911. Their plan has already been given preliminary approval by the city of Banff and is supported by Lloyd Wright’s grandson Eric, who is himself an architect.

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The pavilion, for which you can read a full history and see images here, was one of two buildings Lloyd Wright designed in Canada. If the plan for its rebuild is successful, the Revival Initiative plan to move on to another of the starchitect’s iconic structures. It’s the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, California of which only one small part of Lloyd Wright’s actual design was built. The church is well known to architecture-lovers but was originally designed to be a building around five times larger than the wing that was built.

Lloyd Wright’s buildings – of which hundreds still exist – are all tourist attractions in their own right. Aside from the Guggenheim and Fallingwater, others that draw huge numbers of sightseers are Lloyd Wright’s home Taliesin in Wisconsin, his winter home Taliesin West in Arizona, and the famous Robie House in Chicago. On a grander scale than those houses, but still showing all the hallmarks of Lloyd Wright’s designs are the Marin County Civic Center in California and the Price Tower in Oklahoma.

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