Frank Lloyd Wright buildings nominated as World Heritage Sites


Ten US buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright have been put forward for World Heritage Site status.

They include the influential architect’s Guggenheim Museum in New York, Fallingwater – one of the world’s best-known private houses – and Taliesin West and East, the summer and winter homes Wright designed for himself.

All 10 were constructed between 1906 and 1969, and are already designated US landmarks.  They were nominated by the US Department of the Interior and UNESCO inspectors will undertake site visits later this year, with results revealed in 2016.


“They are the most iconic, fully realised and innovative of more than 400 existing works by Frank Lloyd Wright,” said a statement from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

“Each is a masterwork and together they show varied illustrations of ‘organic architecture’ in their abstraction of form, use of new technologies and masterful integration of space, materials and site.”

Lynda Waggoner, director of the company that now manages Fallingwater, co-ordinated the documentation for the bid.

“It is a complex nomination that explains the significance of each building and its outstanding universal value,” she said. “We had to demonstrate how each represents a masterpiece of human creative genius and is an extraordinary contribution to modern architecture and culture.”

There are currently over 1,000 sites and structures on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Other examples of 20th century architecture include the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon and the Brazilian city Brasilia, which was planned by Lucio Costa and designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Dubai Creek has also been nominated for world heritage status in the same round of applicants.

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