Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), Architect

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Oak Park, Illinois, 1889-1909

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 and became a leading American proponent of the modern movement in architectural design. His initial practice was centered out of Oak Park, Illinois. He designed two houses in Nebraska, only one of which was built. Wright died in 1959.[3]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Other Associations

ca. 1897-ca. 1899: Nebraska-raised George Dean, Architect was a member of The Eighteen, a lunchtime subgroup of Wright's Chicago club of architects, known as Steinway Hall.[10:30]

Nebraska Buildings & Projects

Frank W. Little house (1893-1895), 740 S 17th St, Lincoln, Nebraska.[6][b][c] (LC13:D07-002)

Project for C. W. Barnes house (1902-1903), McCook, Nebraska.[1][2][a]

H. P. Sutton house (1905-1908), McCook, Nebraska.[4][5] (RW05-001)


a. Project architect for Frank Lloyd Wright was Walter Burley Griffen.[1]

b. This is a speculative attribution, included here only to encourage further research.[6] Wright is known to have designed two later houses for Little (Peoria, Illinois, 1903[7]; and Deephaven, Minnesota, 1912[8]), and the Lincoln house bears some design similarities to an early Oak Park "bootleg" house built for George Blossom in 1892.[9] For quick access to Wright's Blossom and Little houses, above, see "List of Frank Lloyd Wright works," Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed July 20, 2016.

c. The begin date and original owner is from City of Lincoln sewer permit, April, 1893; notes in site file, LC13:D07-002.


1. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, “Mr. C. W. Barnes, McCook, Nebraska: Mill & Lumber Schedule,” “Specifications,” and Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1902-1903. Photocopies of TS. and MS., (Oak Park, Illinois: [1902-1903]). In Nebraska State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Division, Architect file.

2. Phone conversation w/ Russell Wright (see Nebraska State Historical Society file).

3. The AIA Historical Directory of American Architects, s.v. "Wright, Frank Lloyd," (ahd3001081). Accessed July 19, 2016.

4. D. Murphy, "H. P. Sutton Residence (RW05-1)," National Register of Historic Places, Inventory-Nomination Form. (Lincoln: Nebraska State historical Society, January 1978).

5. Douglas M. Steiner, "Harvey P. & Eliza Sutton Residence, McCook, Nebraska (1905 - S.106) [sic]", Wright Studies (2014). Accessed March 12, 2015.; "Harvey P. and Eliza Sutton House, Scheme 3," Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Accessed April 21, 2017.

6. Ann Stebbins Sidles, "Francis W. Little: The Lincoln Connection," TS. ([Lincoln]: 1985); and cf. Elizabeth G. Muir, "Frank Lloyd Wright and Francis Wilde Little," Constructing the Past 14:1 (2013): 28-34. Accessed April 21, 2017.

7. "Francis W. Little House," Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Accessed April 21, 2017.; "Francis Little House," Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School. Accessed October 6, 2011.

8. "Living room from the Little House, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1912-14," Heilbruun Timeline of Art History. Accessed October 6, 2011.; "Library from the Francis W. Little House," Allentown Art Museum: Frank Lloyd Wright. Accessed October 6, 2011.

9. "George Blossom House," Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Accessed April 21, 2017.

10. Harold Allen Brooks, The Prairie School (New York: Norton & Company, 1996), 27-44, 56-63, 336-352.

Other Sources

Donald Morgan and John Altberg, The Sutton House, McCook, Nebraska: Architect Frank Lloyd Wright. (Hastings, NE: Cornhusker Press, 2008).

Entry in Richard Guy Wilson, The AIA Gold Medal (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984).[3]

Entry in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects (New York: Macmillan, 1982).[3]

Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects, 1788-1940.[3]

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, December 10, 2019. Accessed, December 3, 2022.

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