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Early Years
Frank Lloyd Wright at age 7
Wright, age 7
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Wisconsin in 1867. His mother was a teacher and she encouraged him to learn about art, music, and nature. When Wright was nine, his mother gave him a set of Froebel blocks, a children's learning toy. Through the blocks, Wright learned to use geometry to create flat designs on paper and to build designs with blocks. As he got older, he started to see geometric shapes in everything around him.

Every summer, Wright worked on his uncle's farm. He loved the rolling green hills of the valley where he lived, and he became familiar with the flowers and plants of the Wisconsin prairie. He studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin for a time, but left without a degree. Wright's love of nature remained with him when he moved to Chicago and started working as an architect in 1887.


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