Family Tree Tuesday – Frank Lloyd Wright

Posted October 25, 2011 by Amanda | One Comment

Frank Lloyd Wright

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been largely considered one of the greatest architects of all time. A proponent of organic architecture, Wright designed more than 1,000 projects. Some of his most famous designs include Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.

Wright was born on June 8, 1867 in a small farming town in Wisconsin. His father was William Carey Wright, who was an orator, music teacher and minister. His mother was Anna Lloyd Wright, who was a school teacher. She hailed from a large, prosperous family of Unitarians who emigrated from Wales to Wisconsin.

In 1889, Wright married his first wife, social worker Catherine Tobin, and together they had six children. After nearly 20 years of marriage, Wright began an affair with Martha Borthwick Cheney while he was designing a house for her husband, Edwin Cheney. Failing to receive a divorce from either of their spouses, the couple left for Europe. In 1914, tragedy struck the couple when one of Wright’s hired workers set fire to his home and murdered Martha, her two children and four others with an ax as it burned.

Wright would eventually be granted a divorce from his first wife in 1922, freeing him to marry two more times. His third wife, Olgivanna, was a dancer and together they had one daughter, Iovanna.

Anne Baxter

Wright’s son Lloyd Wrigt, Jr. became a prominent landscape architect and architect in Los Angeles, while his other son, John, went on to invent the popular children’s toy, Lincoln Logs.

And did you know that Academy Award winning actress Anne Baxter is the granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright? She is best known for her performances in The Ten Commandments, All About Eve and The Razor’s Edge.

Check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s family tree and see how you’re related!

Frank Lloyd Wright's family tree


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