Wright in Oz
The largest project undertaken by the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio prior to World War I was a plan for a city: Canberra, the capital of Australia. The studio’s Prairie legacy Down Under is the subject of a lecture by Northwestern professor David Van Zanten.
Architects (and newlyweds) Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin developed the master plan for Canberra. Their work took them to Europe and into contact with Modernist designers Otto Wagner, Tony Garnier, and Paris city architect Louis Bonnier. Two 1914 exhibitions of their work resulted: one of their Canberra competition designs at the Exposition Internationale Urbaine in Lyon, the other of Marion’s colored silk renderings at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
“The Griffins’ Canberra” will be held at noon at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in Chicago. $10. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, (312) 994-4000, flwright.org