Frequent Questions
Q: I believe my house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Can you confirm this?
A: Click here for map and state by state listing of Wright-designed properties.
The structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are well documented. You may contact the Conservancy by email on our Contact Us page to confirm whether or not your home is a Wright design. Please include the address of the property in your email. Additional information, such as the year the structure was built and a photograph of the building’s front exterior elevation is also helpful.

Many times people believe they have a Wright house due to certain architectural features, such as flat roofs with deep overhangs, and heavily emphasized horizontal details. Should it be determined that your house was not designed by Wright, you should begin your research locally to determine the architect-of-record. First, contact your municipality’s building (or sometimes planning) department. Most building departments have the original building permits on file which list the architect-of-record. Another research option is the local historical society. If the house is of such architectural distinction it may be a designated local landmark (local landmarks are also sometimes designated by the city through its historical/landmark commission).


Q: How can I find out what Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses are open for tours?
A: To find a list of public sites or privately-owned houses that offer periodic public tours, please click here.

The majority of Wright houses are still privately owned. Out of respect for the privacy of the owners, the Conservancy does not divulge the street addresses of privately-owned houses or the names and phone numbers of their owners. Many Wright-designed houses are located on lots that are not easily accessible to the general public nor easily seen from the street. Therefore, the Conservancy dissuades the public from trying to view a Wright house without the property owner’s permission.

The best way to tour privately-owned houses is by attending a Conservancy event. The Conservancy holds an annual conference in a different part of the country each year. The conference offers morning educational sessions, special events and tours of Frank Lloyd Wright structures – many that open exclusively for our organization. Click the following links for information on past and upcoming conferences.

The Conservancy, through the generosity of Wright property owners, also offers special dinners in private houses throughout the year. Dinners are generally limited to a small number of people allowing the attendees to experience a Wright structure in a very intimate way. Click here for information on past dinners and for announcements on upcoming events.

Over the past few years a small number of Wright structures have opened as private rentals or bed and breakfasts. Click here for information on houses available for overnight stays.


Q: Are there any Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses near where I live?
A: Click here for a map and state by state listing of Wright-designed properties.


Q: I would like to buy a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. How can I find out what houses are for sale?
A: Click here to visit the Conservancy’s Wright on the Market page. Wright on the Market is a special program offered by the Conservancy to owners of Wright-designed houses allowing them to market their for-sale properties. It is possible that Wright-designed structures are for sale that are not listed on this site. Property owners are not required to list their properties with the Conservancy’s Wright on the Market program.


Q: How can I obtain historical information on structures that were designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, including blueprints?
A: The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Special Collections and Visual Resources Department at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles California are two good sources for archival information.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, located at Taliesin West, house Wright's drawings, correspondence, manuscripts, other documents and personal art collections. While the drawings are the central focus of the Archives, more than 400,000 other archival items form a major resource for studying the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Archives are the major resource for museums, architectural historians and publishers interested in researching and developing exhibitions about the ideas and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Archives are also the originator of an extensive collection of books about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation welcomes the use of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives by qualified researchers. For more information please visit the following website: http://www.franklloydwright.org/index.cfm?section=research&action=display&id=24

Since 1985, copies of the principal correspondence, drawings, papers and photographic collections owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have been available for public study at the Getty, making it second only to the Foundation Archives in importance as a Wright research center. The Getty has published a five-volume, cross-referenced index of all of Wright’s correspondence, providing unprecedented assistance to Wright scholars. For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright collection please visit the Getty’s website at: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/special_collections/wright.html


Q: What is the difference between the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (as well as the other Wright organizations located around the country)?
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s (FLWBC) mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining built works of Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy, preservation easements and technical services. In other words, the FLWBC focuses its efforts on the remaining structures designed by Wright. The FLWBC does not own any of the properties and is therefore not “tied” to a particular structure. The FLWBC works closely with the individual property owners to help preserve and maintain their Wright structures.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was created in 1940 by Wright to perpetuate the Taliesin Fellowship (established in 1932 as a self-sustaining community of apprentices and architects who would learn and practice the philosophy of organic architecture by sharing in architectural work, building construction, and the related arts). Wright endowed the Foundation with all of his past and future designs, drawings, writings, and personal property including his homes, Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.Click here for more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust was established in 1974 as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation to acquire and preserve Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park. In February 1997, the Home and Studio Foundation built upon its past success by assuming responsibility for the management and restoration of Wright's spectacular Robie House, located on the University of Chicago campus. In 2000, the Home and Studio Foundation changed its name to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust to better reflect the dual stewardship of the Home and Studio and Frederick C. Robie House. Click here to learn more about the Preservation Trust and to obtain tour times and prices for the Oak Park Home and Studio and Robie House.

There are numerous other Wright organizations across the country. Click here to visit the Conservancy’s links page.


Q: I am going to visit Chicago in the near future, are there regularly scheduled tours of Wright houses?
A: The Conservancy does not own or operate tours of any Wright buildings, however there are many different options for touring Wright-designed properties in the greater Chicago area. The following organizations offer regularly scheduled tours:

Chicago Architecture Foundation – www.architecture.org, 1.312.922.3432

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust – www.wrightplus.org, 1.708.848.1976 (offers tours of the Oak Park Home and Studio and the Robie House)

Society of Architectural Historians – Charnley-Perskey House - www.sah.org, 1.312.915.0105

Unity Temple Restoration Foundation – Unity Temple – www.unitytemple-utrf.org, 1.708.383.8873


Q: I’m going to be traveling soon and would like to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in that area. How can I find out what and where they are?
A: To find a list of public sites or privately-owned houses that offer periodic public tours, please click here.


Q: I’m thinking of becoming a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. What are the benefits of membership?
A: Membership is open to anyone interested in Frank Lloyd Wright, including architects, scholars, preservationists, architecture buffs, artisans, and especially, Wright building owners.

Members receive a subscription to the BULLETIN, early invitations and discounted registration to the annual conference and other events which include the ability to visit many Wright buildings not open to the public, free admission to over a dozen Wright public sites around the country, and most importantly, the pride in knowing they are helping to preserve some of the world’s most beautiful and important architecture for future generations. Click here to join the Conservancy.



Q: I have chosen Frank Lloyd Wright as the subject of my sixth grade history fair project. Could you provide me with information?
A: All students grade 4 through 12 who are interested in Frank Lloyd Wright may contact the Education Outreach Program of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at the following address:
Ms. Rorke - Davis
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Taliesin West
P.O. Box 4430
Scottsdale AZ 85261 USA
tel: 480.860.2700

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