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UNESCO Chooses Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture As World Heritage Site: NPR



The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright who developed the concept of "organic architecture,"
                
                
                    
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Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings were added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List on Sunday, as well as Machu Picchu's The Pyramids of Giza and the Statue of Liberty.

The new additions to the list were announced in Baku, Azerbaijan at UNESCO's annual conference, include Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, the Jacobs House in Wisconsin, the Robie House in Chicago, Taliesin in Wisconsin, Taliesin West in Arizona and the Unity Temple in Illinois.

"Each of these buildings offers innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure," wrote members of the World Heritage Committee announces the designation. "Wright's work from this period had a strong impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe."

Joining a list of over 1,000 other sites, the committee added Wright's works for their "organic architecture" and published his open plans

Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said: "We wanted to break the box of historic architecture and open up to a better, different, freer way to live." , told NPR. And that's the measure of your achievement. "

Visitors gather on one of the cantilevered desks at Fallingwater , a Frank Lloyd Wright design in Pennsylvania. Eight Wright buildings, including Fallingwater, were honored as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, on July 7, 2019.
                
                
                    
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Visitors gather on one of the cantilevered desks at Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright design in Pennsylvania. Eight Wright buildings, including Fallingwater, were honored as World Heritage sites by UNESCO, on July 7, 2019.

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Wright's ethos and fit the World Heritage Committee's selection criteria.

Wright's works have stretched over 15 years.

After Sunday's announcement, Wright's Buildings Will Be the 24 th American site included on the World Heritage List. It marks the United States' first designation since the Trump administration was withdrawn from UNESCO in 2018 citing an anti-Israel bias.

Plaudits rolled in from across the country following the designation.

"The history of [Hollyhock House] and its This article was previously published under the umbrella of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti." Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of The Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House on Feb. 13, 2015.
                
                
                    
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attends the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the re-opening of The Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House on Feb. 13, 2015.

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey now has two UNESCO sites in his state – Wright's Taliesin West Building and the Grand Canyon.

"[Wright’s] influence is evident around the state," says Ducey, according to the Wright Foundation. "Arizona is proud of its unique world-class destinations that attract visitors from around the world and support tourism as a vital economic driver for our state."

Department of State's press office released a statement about the decision, saying "the building showcase Wright's influence on the course of architecture around the world."

Watching from Baku, Graff felt

"Frank Lloyd Wright's work was the wonderful introduction of America's ideas, America's values, America's design, on a global stage where, perhaps, for the first time we were not only offering what we had influencing the sense of direction and architecture design and global cultural endeavors, "Graff says.


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