Frank Lloyd Wright, Wisconsin-born, world-renowned architect, lived and worked in Wyoming Valley, 6 miles southwest of here, at Taliesin, his home and school for apprentices. In the practice of "organic" or natural architecture, he sought to blend structure with site, to create harmonious surroundings for the occupants, to bring the outdoors indoors, and to use materials naturally.
Among Wright's many innovations were the pre-fabricated house, gravity heat, indirect lighting, concrete block as an effective building material, and revolutionary engineering concepts such as the earthquake-proof structure. Shortly before his death in 1959 at the age of 90, he designed a mile-high office building.
Colorful non-conformist, believer in beauty, and champion of democracy, he scorned all criticism. "Early in life," he said, "I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change."