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Madison Building Nominated to World Heritage List

January 30, 2015 5:00 PM

We learned today that, the United States is nominating a group of ten buildings in seven states designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright for inclusion on the World Heritage List. This list recognizes the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet including U.S. sites such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty. One of those buildings is in Madison!

The Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House on Madison's west side was built in 1936. It has been ranked by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 20 most important residential designs of the 20th century. The Jacobs House was designed and built for a family of ordinary means during the Great Depression. As you can see it uses some basic geometric forms and materials to create economical small spaces and a simple design.

Taliesin in Spring Green, a more well-known Wright building has also been nominated for the World Heritage list.

Other buildings nominated include Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois; Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, Illinois; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, California; Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

Frank Lloyd Wright is widely considered to be the greatest American architect of the 20th century and his works are a highly valued and uniquely American contribution to the world's architectural heritage.The City of Madison is proud to be home to a number of his designs.




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