A return to The Rookery for Frank Lloyd Wright

The architect’s trust opens an exhibition centre in the landmark Chicago building this month

The Rookery Lobby, Chicago, remodeled by Wright in 1905

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust opens in a new location this month in Chicago's historic The Rookery building. The centre will offer rotating exhibitions of the architect's work as well as collaborative shows with museums in the vicinity.

“We are exploring several programming angles,” said Jim Schiefelbein, a trust board member. “Its part of our vision to present and work together with both the educational and arts community in the city. The sky is the limit in terms of what we can do, especially now we have a platform.”

This isn't the first time Wright will have a presence in the landmark building, which is one of the city's earliest commercial skyscrapers and oldest standing high rise. One year after it opened, the architect opened a studio space in the building; six years later he remodeled The Rookery's interiors.

At present around 6,000 people a year visit the building, although the trust hopes to see that figure expand exponentially once the new facility is opened. According to Schiefelbein, the decision to add the new location follows a strategic overhaul of the 36-year old trust. “We needed a space that would increase our visibility in the region and leverage the Chicago audience's participation,” he said. “This is a perfect fusion of supporting our goals while adding a fresh dimension to the historic site.”

The trust currently oversees the operation of two Chicago-area Wright sites—the Oak Park home and studio and the Robie House, which is located on the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago.

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