FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO
The architect’s first residence, this striking home (above) in a Chicago suburb was also his laboratory. To get a sense of how radical Wright was, combine the home and studio tour with a walking tour of the surrounding historic district, where Prairie-style structures sit side by side with the traditional Victorians of the period. Combination tour $25 adult, $19 senior and ages 4-17.
951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, Ill., 312-994-4000,
Built into a hillside overlooking the Wisconsin River, Taliesin demonstrates Wright’s extraordinary ability to meld man-made and natural elements — from the natural sound barrier the hill creates to the “corner windows” that bring the vista inside.
May 1-Oct. 31. House tour $47, $42 seniors, students, and military; no children under 12. 5607 County Road C, Spring Green, Wis., 608-588-7900, www.taliesinpreservation.org
Triangles echo the shape of the McDowell Mountains and earth colors reflect the Sonoran
Desert surrounding this sprawling estate. Visit the theater, music pavilion, home, and studio, all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens, and walkways. 90-minute Insights Tour $32 adults, $17 4-12. 12345 North Taliesin Drive, Scottsdale, Ariz., 480-627-5340, www.franklloydwright.org
MARTIN HOUSE COMPLEX
This complex of five interconnected buildings designed for wealthy Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin and his family not only exemplifies the Prairie style, it also contains 394 examples of Wright-designed art glass, including the famed “Tree of Life” window. Basic tour (one hour) adult $15, senior $12.50, student $10; in-depth tour (two hours) adult $30, senior $27.50, student $25. 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo,716-856-3858, www.darwinmartinhouse.org
FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE
Wright designed this campus from the ground up late in his career. His influence is everywhere, from the chiseled designs on covered walkways to the spare interior of the chapel to the central water dome fountain. Basic tour (one hour) daily at 11 a.m. $20, in-depth tour (two hours) daily at 1 p.m. $35. Summer tours by appointment; self-guided tours always available.
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Fla., 863-680-4597, www.flsouthern.edu/fllwctr