guide to the famous architect’s buildings

There’s still plenty of summer left, so why not make time for a road trip to see each of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in Iowa? 

Wright, America’s best-known architect, was born in Wisconsin and lived much of his life in Illinois. He designed over 1,000 buildings throughout his career, many in the Midwest, including 11 in Iowa. 

For those looking to take in the artistry of Wright’s creations, here’s where to find them in Iowa. (But take note: some of the buildings offer tours and host historical events throughout the year but others are private residences.)

This Aug. 16, 1938, file photo shows artist and architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his studio at his home, Talisien, in Spring Green, Wis. June 8 marked the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth. His innovative designs continue to fascinate the public, from New York's circular, sculptural Guggenheim museum to the famous Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods and his modernist Wisconsin home, Taliesin, which served as a laboratory for his ideas. AP File Photo

Alvin Miller House

The Miller House in Charles City was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Location: 1107 Court St., Charles City

Year built: 1946

Tours? No; private residence.

History: On the banks of the Cedar River, the Alvin Miller house was originally built for the home’s namesake and his wife, Inez Miller. Wright’s plans initially called for a connected dental office where Miller, a dentist, would practice alongside his son, William Miller, and an additional residence for his son’s family. These plans were cancelled because of disagreements between the architect and residents, but a dental clinic was eventually added in 1996 by later owners who hired Taliesin Associated Architects, an architectural firm Wright founded, as consultants.

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