Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago to Fallingwater

May 16 - 28, 2021
13 days
£4,735 per person, twin share (land content only). £870 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour
Leader

Dr Matthew Laing

Overview

Follow the life and works of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest all-time geniuses of architecture.

Follow the Frank Lloyd Wright trail and discover the life and architecture of the greatest American architect. This 13-day tour takes in over 15 of Wright’s most acclaimed buildings. It traces his development from his beginnings in Chicago and his Prairie style homes, to his tragic yet inspirational home in Spring Green, Wisconsin, the Darwin Martin complex in Buffalo, and Fallingwater, the most perfect embodiment of his architectural principles. The tour features private guided visits to homes and major galleries, a day trip to Niagara Falls, and places Wright in the context of modern America’s fascinating history and culture.

Highlights

See over 15 masterworks spanning seven decades of incredible creativity:

  • Wright’s Home and Studio (1889), in Oak Park where his career began
  • Darwin Martin Complex (1903), which pioneered open-plan living
  • Unity Temple (1905), a beautiful experiment in modern materials
  • Robie House (1909), a landmark of the Prairie-Style
  • Taliesin (1911-1925), Wright’s Wisconsin estate and architectural school, brimming with innovations and experiments
  • SC Johnson Wax Headquarters (1936), whose great work room has been described as the ‘most beautiful room in America’
  • Jacobs House I (1937), the first of his Usonian homes and forerunner of the ranch house
  • Fallingwater (1939), Wright’s unrivaled masterpiece for which we’ll have a private, before-hours visit
  • Kentuck Knob (1953), from the twilight of his career

Itinerary overview

Days 1–4:In Chicago, visit Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Wright’s Home and Studio, Robie House and Farnsworth House. Architectural tour on the Chicago River.

Day 5:Coach to Milwaukee to see Johnson Wax Administration Building, Research Tower, the American System-Built Homes and his late work, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

Days 6–7:Continue to Madison for a full estate tour of Taliesin, Wright’s long-time home and practice, and to visit the first Usonian home, Jacobs House I.

Days 8–9:Fly to Buffalo to view the Darwin Martin House with a private dinner within the complex, Graycliff and to tour the early skyscrapers of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Days 10–13:Coach to Pittsburgh to see iconic Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, as well as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory and the Cathedral of Learning.

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