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Frank Lloyd Wright Designs On List Of Possible World Heritage Sites

Two Wisconsin Houses Are In Running

By
Kyle Magnuson (CC-BY)

Ten of Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects could join the ranks of the Sydney Opera House, Yellowstone National Park, and Machu Picchu. That’s because they’ve been nominated to become World Heritage Sites through the United Nations.

Two Wisconsin buildings, Taliesen near Spring Green and the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison are included in the submission.

To become a World Heritage Site, the nominee must “represent a masterpiece of creative human genius,” according to UNESCO’s criteria.

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Lynda Waggoner is director of Fallingwater, another Wright property, and the vice president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

“They’re both fabulous properties. Jacob being the first Usonian is a very important house and really epitomizes what Wright was trying to achieve in a modestly priced home,” Waggoner said. “Taliesen and Fallingwater tie as being very much related to nature and you really see what Wright was trying to achieve in organic architecture.”

Waggoner said they’ll find out in summer of 2016 if Wright’s properties will be added to the World Heritage list.

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