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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings re-nominated for World Heritage List

The US has submitted eight buildings by architect Frank Lloyd Wright to UNESCO's World Heritage List, after revising its nomination put forward in 2015.

The Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania are among the architect's designs due to be considered by the World Heritage Committee in July 2019.

They are among a slightly reduced list that was originally submitted to international heritage body UNESCO in 2015, but sent back for revisions after a review the following year.

Fallingwater house by Frank Lloyd Wright
The revised World Heritage List nomination includes Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. Photograph courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

In accordance with the committee's request, the Price Tower in Oklahoma and the Marin County Civic Center in California were removed from the original nomination list of 10.

The remaining buildings include Wright's homes and studios at Taliesin, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West, Arizona – both now used by The School of Architecture at Taliesin.

The other private houses on the list – some of which now function as museums – include the Frederick C Robie House (Illinois), Hollyhock House (California), and the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House (Wisconsin).

Guggenheim by Frank Lloyd Wright
The list also includes Wright's spiralled Guggenheim Museum in New York. Photograph courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Unity Temple in Oak Park rounds-off the collection of eight projects, which were chosen because they "have figured prominently in shaping the course of architecture". The owners of all the properties are participating voluntarily.

"The collection of Wright buildings represents the first modern architecture nomination from the United States to the World Heritage List," said a statement from The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

The Chicago-based organisation coordinated the revised nomination, which was submitted by the National Park Service on 20 November 2018.

Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Several private residences feature in the collection, including the Robie House in Illinois. Photograph by Tim Long, courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

The review is scheduled to be held early July 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan, during the World Heritage Convention session.

Private organisation International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will recommend whether or not the nomination should be listed, ahead of the committee's decision.

The 150th anniversary of Wright's birth was celebrated across the United States last year. An exhibition of his drawings and models opened at New York's MoMA, while open-house events and parties took place at several of the architect's notable buildings.

Dezeen marked the occasion by profiling his most important projects – the majority of which made the UNESCO nomination, but with others including the Johnson Wax Headquarters and the now-demolished Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.

Main image of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House is by Joshua White, courtesy of Anne McCaddon.