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n June 8, 1869, Anna Wright of Spring Green, Wisconsin gave birth to Frank Lloyd Wright. Anna was a loving mother who decided her son would become an architect before he was even born. When Frank was young, she encouraged him to build things with colorful strips of paper and maple blocks. Her husband, William Wright, was a controlling parent and a strong disciplinarian. Wanting his son to excel at the organ and piano, William would rap Frank’s knuckles whenever Frank hit incorrect notes.

After 18 years, Anna and William’s marriage went from bad to worse. In 1884, Anna told her husband that she would never again share his bed—and to her surprise, he divorced her and left the home. Wright attended the University of Wisconsin, stayed for a few semesters and left school against his mother’s wishes. He pawned his absent father’s clothes and moved to Chicago. There he got a job with the best architect in the city, Louis Sullivan. At the age of 21, Wright met the beautiful Catherine “Kitty” Tobin, a 17-year-old from a wealthy Chicago family.

Soon he married Kitty, moved to the quiet, church-filled suburb Oak Park, borrowed money from his mentor, Louis Sullivan, and built their home. Less than a year later, Kitty gave birth to their first of six children, Frank Lloyd Wright, Junior.

Pictured: Frank Lloyd Wright (left) and Friend

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