Wright Around Chicago series to explore Frank Lloyd Wright's local influences

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Courtesy Andrea Brown, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

The life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the rich and varied histories of the Chicago neighborhoods in which he defined his visionary Prairie style will be the topic of a year-long series of eight free presentations in Oak Park and Chicago.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will launch the series with the following three presentations in Oak Park, taking place 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesdays of February, March and April in the Veterans Room of Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park:

Feb. 6, The Design and Decoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio: Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust Curator and Director of Interpretation David Bagnall will use period photographs to explore the origins of Wright's design aesthetic and the early influences that shaped his architectural philosophy. Registration now open at GoWright.org.

March 6, From Country Hamlet to Urban Village: The Transformation of Oak Park in the Wright Years and Beyond: Executive Director of the Oak Park Historical Society Frank Lipo will highlight changes in the community that influenced Wright and the changes wrought by Wright and his colleagues that still resonate today. Registration starts Feb. 7 at GoWright.org.

April 3, J. L. Silsbee and the Making of an Artful Residence: Architect Christopher Payne will talk about J.L. Silsbee, the architect who was Frank Lloyd Wright's first employer. Registration starts March 14 at GoWright.org.

Space is limited. Registration is required at GoWright.org.

For more information about presentations later in the year in downtown Chicago and the city's Hyde Park neighborhood, visit GoWright.org.

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