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World Heritage Nomination Revised to Include Eight Buildings

The Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Council working on the nomination for Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, in close cooperation with ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) consultants, has been working to develop a revised justification for the entire series of 10 Wright-designed buildings originally nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.

Despite many meetings and several overseas phone calls with the ICOMOS officials, we were unable to convince ICOMOS that each component of the series as originally submitted was influential. As a result, the group had to make the difficult decision to remove Price Tower and Marin County Civic Center from the nomination, dropping the list to eight Wright-designed buildings. The remaining buildings on the nomination include: Unity Temple, Robie House, Taliesin, Hollyhock House, Fallingwater, Jacobs House I, Taliesin West and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The Frank Lloyd Wright World Heritage Council expresses enormous gratitude to the representatives of Price Tower and Marin County Civic Center. The personal involvement of their employees, volunteers and boards of governors was instrumental in our submitting the 2015 nomination.

With the recent announcement about the United States’ decision to pull out of UNESCO, the National Park Service has reassured us that they are fully committed to continuing U.S. engagement with the World Heritage program, including continuing to submit U.S. nominations.

The fully revised nomination package will be submitted in early 2019 to be considered for World Heritage designation.

Posted on November 15, 2017

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