I spent last week in Wisconsin and was fortunate to finally get to Frank Lloyd Wright's house, Taliesin. Two years ago, I visited his winter home in Arizona, aptly named Taliesin West. Here's the post on that visit.
Though Wright was known for being an ego-maniacal womanizer that rarely paid his bills, rarely listened to his clients, and often went well over budget, his addition to the world of architecture can't be ignored. FYI - if Frank built you a house, you had to agree to get rid of basically all your possessions and he alone would pick out items that would be good enough to go in the house. And then you better not move that chair an inch - for he reserved the right to stop by unannounced for inspections!
Read these two novels for accounts.
The Women - On our tour, we learned that T.C. Boyle actually stayed at Taliesin while he was researching for his book. What an amazing way to do research!
Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
They might be fictionalized but they are based on real information - like the servant that set fire to the house and murdered seven people, including Frank's mistress. We weren't allowed to take photos of the insides of any of the buildings. Though they often felt like we'd fall through the floor, it was truly amazing!