Since the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and galleries around the world have put their collections online. Many are also offering virtual tours of exhibitions. While we can’t, for the foreseeable future, travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, you can browse their art and engage in activities from the comfort of your couch or chair. Now, the same is true for visiting iconic homes around the world—at least those designed by the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
“It is precisely at this time, when so many are shut inside, that we need to experience beauty and inspiration,” said the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy about its new initiative, a series of virtual visits, #WrightVirtualVisits.
The project, a collaboration between the Conservancy and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, began earlier this month and runs through July 9. Every Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific time, each participating site will share a short video tour of another site via social media. The sites include Fallingwater; Hollyhock House; Monona Terrace; Seth Peterson Cottage; Taliesin; Taliesin West; Unity Temple; Westcott House; and Willey House.
“These tours will help each site’s social media followers discover and experience new places and raise public awareness for all of these important landmarks,” says the Conservancy. When it’s safe again, we’ll all be booking our travels after these virtual tours have whet our architectural appetites. Meanwhile, Midwest Home’s annual Luxury Home Tour is still in the works. Fingers crossed!