Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Happy birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright was born June 8, 1867, but he lied about the year, advancing it by two. Writes Ada Louise Huxtable, "it had the desired effect--it made a case for a precocious talent with an impressively youthful, early success in Chicago in the 1890s, and it kept him shy of the dreaded 90-mark during his brilliant late work in the 1950s." But "it annoyed his sister Jane all during her lifetime, since it was her birth year that Wright usurped." There's also evidence of a changed middle name--from Lincoln to Lloyd, to honor his Welsh ancestors. Happy birthday Mr. Wright, architect and performance artist.