THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PRESERVATION TRUST, which manages Wright’s fabled 1895 Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois, above, and his Prairie-style Robie House in Chicago, has figured out a fund-raising scheme that goes way beyond mugs, calendars, and little stained glass doo-dads. (I don’t mean to sound snide, but I’ve visited a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright houses and the gift shop is always an important part of the experience.)
This is far better. It’s camp for grown-ups who love the idea of designing houses but never got around to architecture school — four consecutive evenings of creativity and learning in surroundings that can’t fail to inspire: Frank Lloyd Wright’s own barrel-vaulted drafting room, below.
They call it Architecture Fantasy Camp, which says it all. This year it runs from October 3-6. Here’s how the press release describes it:
Within the magical drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio, participants from around the world work with accomplished architects to plan and design a structure of their own creation. No architecture experience is necessary, as professional architects will help participants create a new addition to their home, remodel their kitchen, and design a picturesque dream home. Previous guests have used their work at Architecture Fantasy Camp to build their dream home.
Fun or what?
The Preservation Trust calls it a “chance-of-a-lifetime workshop experience for architecture and design enthusiasts,” and indeed it sounds like one to me. I wonder if they all come out looking like FLW masterpieces?
Tuition is $850 for members and $900 for non-members. For more info and to reserve space, go here.