The Drafting Room at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio, ca. 1898 – 1900 (photo courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust).

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust’s 2014 Community Enrichment Series highlights the contributions of the staff who worked in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park studio during the time Wright developed his distinctive Prairie style of architecture. The Trust will continue its celebration of the Legacy Year – 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the 40th anniversary of the Trust – with two intriguing lectures at the Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park.

At Work in the Oak Park Studio: Wright and his Assistants, 1898-1909 takes place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10 and focuses on staff who worked in Wright’s Oak Park studio between 1898 and 1909, Wright’s most prolific years. Speaker Paul Kruty, Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, University of Illinois, teases out the facts from layers of legend and myth to uncover a fully professional office of licensed architects assisting the master to produce the great works associated with Wright’s Prairie style, a seminal period in Modern architecture.

Influences on Frank Lloyd Wright: Blanche Ostertag and Marion Mahony takes place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8.  Among the draftsmen and designers working in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park studio were two women, Marion Mahony and Blanche Ostertag. Mahony enjoyed recognition in her lifetime and beyond. But Ostertag, who influenced Mahony, remains elusive. In this lecture, architect and historian Wilbert R. Hasbrouck will elaborate on the work of these two women and their contributions to Wright’s aesthetic.    

A Chicago-based not-for-profit, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust provides public tours and educational programs at major Wright-designed structures, including his Home and Studio (1889/1898), in Oak Park, Ill.; The Rookery Light Court (1905) in the Chicago Loop; Unity Temple (1905-08) in Oak Park; and the Frederick C. Robie House (1908-10) in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. For tickets or for more information about the upcoming lectures and Wright programming, visit

Wright Series Spotlighting Unsung Wright Colleagues Pivotal to Architect's Work