Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most influential American architects ever. And Thursday would have been his 150th birthday.
Wright's career spanned decades, and before he died in 1959 he designed more than 1,000 projects – 532 of which were completed.
He is known for blending nature with the built environment, and some good examples of his work can be found right here in Minnesota. Here's a look at some of them here in our state:
The Lindholm Oil Company Service Station
Wright designed this gas station as part of his utopian city plan, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The service station was the only part that was ever realized, with Wright completing it for Ray W. Lindholm in 1956.
You can find it at State Highway 33 and State Highway 45 in Cloquet. The gas station is still owned by the Lindholm family, but it's now a Spur station. It's also on the National Register of Historic Places.
Wright also designed a house for the Lindholms. It was built in Cloquet, but last year it was moved to Pennsylvania to guarantee it would be preserved.
The Olfelt House
The Olfelt House, located at 2206 Parklands Lane in St. Louis Park, was built in 1958, according to the St. Louis Park Historical Society.
The house is actually for sale – for the first time ever – for $1.295 million. It went on the market last year, with real estate agent Barry Berg of the Berg Larsen Group telling GoMN the Olfelts sought out Wright to design the home, and they've lived there ever since.
The Olfelts were "very fond" of Wright’s architecture and the job he did integrating the interior of his homes with the environment around them, Berg told GoMN.
You can see more photos of the home here.
The Elam House
Wright built the Elam House, which is located at 309 21st St. SW in Austin, in 1950.
It's one of Wright's most iconic designs, with an upswept roof and cantilevered balcony that's supported by limestone piers. It was the second-largest Usonian home he ever built, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation says.
The home is now open as a bed and breakfast.
The Malcolm Willey House
Wright designed and built the Malcolm Willey House at 255 Bedford St. SE in Minneapolis, in 1933. This house was the template for Wright's Usonian designs, and influenced the future of modern architecture, according to the Malcolm Willey House website.
The house is privately owned, but groups of people can tour the home if it's scheduled in advance. More information on that here.
Wright designed at least one other home that was built in Minneapolis – the Henry Neils House located at 2801 Burnham Blvd. It was completed in 1951, according to the City of Minneapolis.
The Donald Lovness Estate
The Donald Lovness Estate is located at 10121 83rd St. N. in Stillwater, and includes 20 acres of land. The two-bedroom house was designed by Wright and completed in the 1950s, while a small cottage was completed in the 1970s, Historic Homes of Minnesota says.
Wright left plans for three additional cottages, but those were never built.
Hallway of the Francis Little House II
The Francis Little House II was built in Deephaven, on Lake Minnetonka in 1912, and was Wright's last Midwestern Prairie house, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation says.
The home was torn down in 1971, but you can see a reconstruction of one of hallways at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The museum also has dozens of other Wright works on display, ranging from windows, to furniture and china.
The Fasbender Clinic
The Wright-designed Fastbender Medical Clinic was built in Hastings in 1957, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
The Dakota County Historical Society says the building was part of Wright's "inward house period," noting his use of complex, polygonal shapes.
The A. H. Bulbulian Residence
The A. H. Bulbulian Residence was built at 229 Skyline Drive in Rochester in 1947, and is another example of Wright's Usonian architecture.You can see more photos of the house here.