The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, announced Wright Virtual Visits, a social media initiative highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright-designed public sites that are currently closed due to COVID-19.
A dozen partner sites from around the country will allow virtual visitors to explore some of Wright’s most treasured buildings. Every Thursday at 10 a.m. PST beginning April 2, each site will share a short video tour of another site via social media. These tours will help each site’s social media followers discover and experience new places and raise public awareness for all of these important landmarks. Taliesin West, Fallingwater, Unity Tempe and Hollyhock House are among the participants and the full list is available at SaveWright.org/WrightVirtualVisits.
As social distancing and stay-at-home orders have swept the country, many of these sites have had to close their doors. These measures are crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the staff, volunteers, and visitors who usually fill these extraordinary spaces with life.
Taliesin West photo by Andrew Pielage. Copyright Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
“It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration. Wright’s works bring people together in harmony with the natural world, reminding us that we are all connected, even when we’re apart,” said Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Executive Director Barbara Gordon.
“During this time when so many people feel disconnected from the world, we know that when people experience Frank Lloyd Wright designs, it brings them inspiration and happiness. We hope that taking a virtual visit to any of these Wright designs around the country will bring a little joy to their day and bring them into our community that remains connected around our shared passion for beauty, architecture, nature and design,” said Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Hollyhock House photo by Joshua White.
All public Frank Lloyd Wright sites have been significantly affected by the pandemic. Many are facing major budget shortfalls and have had to furlough staff. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation hopes that these tours will draw attention to these important landmarks and prompt individuals to donate to these sites so that all are able to resume operations after this crisis has passed. Another way to show support during the closure is to become a member now, so you can plan visits at Taliesin West, and receive reciprocal benefits at public Wright sites all across the country and discounts for online shopping.
View some of the videos below and follow along on social media with the hashtag #WrightVirtualVisits
Author: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation