For our 2013 Tour Season, our Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour has been modified and renamed, see our Chicago Loop Tour.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour is a 90 minute tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's work in the Chicago Loop. The tour meets in our office at the Fine Arts Building, and begins with an interior tour of the building, where Wright had an office more than a century ago. You will learn about Wright's contributions to the Fine Arts Building and see lingering remnants of Wright throughout the building. Following the Fine Arts Building will be a visit to the Auditorium, the first project Wright was hired for by Adler & Sullivan to assist with. Just a few blocks from the Auditorium is the site of the earliest skyscrapers in the world and the competition Wright faced in the late 19th Century. A stroll through the Mies van der Rohe designed Federal Plaza will lead to a discussion about the rivalry between Mies and Wright in the mid 20th Century. The Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour concludes with an interior tour of the Wright designed lobby of the Rookery Building. Scroll down for more photos.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour is available on Saturdays at 12:00pm in March. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:00pm beginning April 1, 2012. $25 per person.
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The address of the meeting location is:
Chicago Savvy Tours
410 S Michigan Avenue (Fine Arts Building)
Chicago, IL 60605
Frank Lloyd Wright had an office in the Fine Arts Building in 1908 and 1910-1911. This would have been during the climax of Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair with Mamah Cheney. Wright's reason for taking occupancy in the Fine Arts Building would have been at least in part influenced by marital tensions at his Oak Park Home & Studio in 1908. Wright returned to the Fine Arts Building in 1910, after his brief tenure in Europe, and preceding his move to Taliesin in 1911. Remnants of Wright still remain in the Fine Arts Building, which hosted four spaces designed by Wright.
Adler & Sullivan's Auditorium Building was the first project Wright worked on when hired by Louis Sullivan. Wright was primarily responsible for the detailing of Sullivan's ornamentation in the interior of the Auditorium Building. Wright was made head draughtsman at the architectural firm of Adler & Sullivan, and received an office next to Louis Sullivan's in the Auditorium's seventeen story story office block following it's success. Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan had a brilliant camaraderie, and Sullivan's influence on Wright would shine through Wright's Prairie Houses.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour will also explore Dearborn Street, the playground of the Chicago School Architects and site of world's most historic skyscrapers. These early steel framed buildings were the first true form of American Commercial Architecture and paved the skyway to today's global cityscapes. Frank Lloyd Wright arrived in Chicago in 1887 amidst the pioneering of these magnificent structures that still stand with strength and poise.
While Frank Lloyd Wright was settling at Taliesin West in 1938, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was settling in Chicago. Wright and Mies' opposing views of modernism would develop into a lifelong rivalry between two of the three most influential architects of the Twentieth Century (Le Corbusier was the third). Construction of the Mies van der Rohe designed Federal Center began in 1959, the year of Frank Lloyd Wright's death. Learn about the similarities and differences of Wright and Mies van der Rohe on the Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop Walking Tour ends at the Rookery Building, originally designed by Daniel Burnham and John Root in 1886. In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled the lobby of the Rookery Building, adding an array of elegant materials and geometric forms. The Rookery stands as a monument of classic Chicago architecture.