Wright Before the 'Lloyd'

Discover more about our current show. We will update this page with additional resources throughout its duration.

Through images and artifacts, the exhibition Wright Before the “Lloyd” highlights exploratory work by the young architect, who signed his work “Frank L. Wright”. Many original materials were damaged and lost due to demolition, fire, and decay, but fragments were saved and reassembled by Chicago’s cultural historian Tim Samuelson. The designs were made whole through cutting-edge technologies to tell this story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work.

Virtual Talk: Rescue and Restoration by Tim Samuelson, Curator and Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Free lecture, Suggested donation ($10)

Virtual Talk: Wright’s Roots by Tim Samuelson, Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Free lecture, Suggested donation ($10)

Hear about about Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie Style architecture as explained by exhibit curator and Chicago’s Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson in this 4-minute video.


360-degree virtual tour of the exhibition
Thank you to the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau and Threshold360 for making this possible.

This holiday video provides instructions for two family activities and a special message from Santa. A list of materials and instructions can be found HERE

Learn more about how a young Frank L. Wright was inspired by Froebel Blocks. Interview with Tim Samuelson, exhibition curator and Chicago’s Cultural Historian

Wright vs. Mies, a free exhibition tour, Suggested donation ($10)

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright, an introduction by Tim Samuelson, exhibition curator and Chicago’s Cultural Historian


Wright Before the “Lloyd” was featured on WGN ‘Around Town’ with Ana Belaval.


Curator and Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson, in an interview with Chicago’s WTTW.

The museum recently held a Chalk the Lot community event with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired designs. Scroll below to view pieces created by the community and then download the instructions on our Museum From Home page to learn how to do this project on your own sidewalk or driveway.

Click here to buy advanced tickets to the exhibit - which includes a free architecture walking tour - and learn more about our COVID protocol before your visit. Visit our Events page to register for a virtual lecture or upcoming programs inspired by this exhibition.

If you enjoyed this content, please consider supporting the museum through Frank Lloyd Wright merchandise, a membership purchase, buying an Art-ivity pack to do at home, or donating to help our critical operating costs. Your support directly impacts our vital efforts to enrich generations and build a stronger community.

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