Additional Resources

Additional Resources


ARCHITECT an individual who designs and oversees the construction of a building

ARCHITECTURE the art and science of planning and building a structure; the elements of a building

AVANT GARDE from a French military term meaning the “front line,” avant-garde art breaks with traditions and is considered radical and shocking when first introduced to the public

FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION phrase coined by architect Louis Sullivan, an early mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright. This principle states that the function, or utility, of a building should govern its design.

GEOMETRIC SHAPES forms that look as though they were made with a ruler, compass, or other drawing tool, including circles, rectangles, triangles and ovals

NON-OBJECTIVE ART art that uses forms, shapes, and colors that are invented rather than observed

RECTILINEAR consisting of straight lines

REINFORCED CONCRETE concrete with steel rods embedded within to provide additional strength and support.

ROTUNDA a circular room covered by a dome

SPIRAL a curve that winds around a fixed center point at a continuously increasing or decreasing distance from the point.

ZIGGURAT a temple tower of the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories.


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Publications, NY 1994

Art of This Century: The Guggenheim Museum and Its Collection, Tom Krens and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1993

Towards a New Museum, Victoria Newhouse (Monacelli Press, Inc. NY) 1998. Examines the role of architectural design in contemporary museums. (adult)

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids, Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen (Chicago Review Press), 1994. Biography and activity book. (middle grades)

Architecture in Education: A Resource of Imaginative Ideas and Tested Activities, Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia, 1986.

There Goes the Neighborhood:10 Buildings People Loved to Hate, Susan Goldman Rubin

Natural Art Forms: 120 Classic Photographs (Dover Pictorial Archive Series), Karl Blossfeldt.


Frank Lloyd Wright, a film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick, documentary 160 minutes, available through

Web Sites

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Great Buildings Online

Art on the Web: Architecture Links

The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: Architecture

A Digital Archive of American Architecture

Karl Blossfeldt’s close-up photography of plant forms

On View

This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to the first Frank Lloyd Wright–designed structures in New York City.

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