The Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative aims to promote the legacy of this celebrated architect by rebuilding certain structures that, for various reasons, have been demolished.
Over the course of his life, Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built over 500 structures, many of which have become icons of design. They include The Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, the Frederick C. Robie House, the Johnson Wax Building and others. Just two Wright designs were ever built in Canada; only one remains – the E. H. Pitkin Cottage in Ontario.
The goal of the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative is to re-introduce certain Wright works back into their communities, thus honoring both the initial intent – as well as design – of the structures through their authentic recreation on their original sites.
The Initiative lists a number of candidates to be re-built based on a building’s utility, location, structural complexity and other criteria. Most importantly, structures have been nominated based on how clearly they exemplify the work and design ethos of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Funding for the construction of the re-builds will be raised in full by the Initiative. Once complete, those buildings with a non-profit use will be donated to their respective communities who can then determine a strategic plan for their use that most benefits, and best meets the needs, of their residents.
The selection of the pilot project has been made.
The park shelter/pavilion for the Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, demolished in 1938. The Pavilion is a beautiful example of Wright’s iconic Prairie School Style and the only public space built by him in Canada.
Additionally, the Pavilion is relatively simple in construction and has the potential to benefit a broader community. Recognized worldwide for its natural grandeur and endorsement of the arts, the Town of Banff is also ideal for an installation by an architect of such renown.