".......having a good start not only do I fully intend to be the greatest architect who has
yet lived, but fully intend to be the greatest architect who will ever live. Yes, I intend to
be the greatest architect of all time." - Frank Lloyd Wright 1867-1959
Born in Richland Center, in southwestern Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867
(Sometimes reported as 1869) Frank Lincoln Wright (Changed by himself to Frank Lloyd
Wright) was raised in the influence of a welsh heritage. The Lloyd-Jones family, his
mother's side of the family, had great influence on Mr. Wright throughout his life. The
family was Unitary in faith and lived close to each other. Major aspects within the
Lloyd-Jones family included education, religion, and nature. Wright's family spent
many evenings listening to William Lincoln Wright read the works of Emerson, Thoreau,
and Blake outloud. Also his aunts Nell and Jane opened a school of their own pressing
the philosophies of German educator, Froebel.
Wright was brought up in a comfortable,
but certainly not warm household. His father, William Carey Wright who worked as a
preacher and a musician, moved from job to job, dragging his family across the United
States. His parents divorced when Wright was still young. His mother Anna
(Lloyd-Jones) Wright, relied heavily on upon her many brothers sisters and uncles, and
was intellectually guided by his aunts and his mother.
Before her son was born, Anna Wright had decided that her son was gong to be a
great architect. Using Froebel's geometric blocks to entertain and educate her son, Mrs.
Wright must have struck genius her son possessed. Use of the imagination was
encouraged and Wright was given free run of the playroom filled with paste, paper, and
cardboard. On the door were the words, SANCTUM SANCTORUM (Latin for:...