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Why Frank Lloyd Wright Didn't Want Art Hung In His Homes

Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is recognized for designing incredible houses, museums and offices, many of which double as works of art. And that might just be how he wanted them viewed by the public.

According to a recent interview with Andrea Soeiro, owner of Wright's "Pottery House" in New Mexico, Wright believed that his properties should be considered "works of art." As Soeiro says, Wright "had a strict, strict thing that his architecture was the artwork and you should never hang paintings on his house because it was glorious in and of itself."

In accordance with that philosophy, homeowner Soeiro doesn't have much on the walls of her "Pottery House" home. As seen in the HGTV video below, Wright designed much of the interior walls and exterior of the house to look like an eye, and any added art would ruin the aesthetic. Check out the video below to learn more about Wright's "living" art:


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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
AP
Location: Oak Park, Ill. Built: 1889More info This undated photo provided by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust shows the exterior of the studio side of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.
Arthur and Grace Huertley House
(AP Photo/Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, James Caulfield)
Location: Oak Park, Ill. Built: 1902More info The Arthur and Grace Huertley house is just a few doors away from the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. The Village of Oak Park is home to 29 Wright structures, the largest number of Wright designs built in any one city in the world.
Fallingwater
Bill Bachmann via Getty Images
Location: Mill Run, Penn. Built: 1936-1939More info The stunning home was built partly over a waterfall in the Allegheny Mountains area of Pennsylvania. The Smithsonian has listed the home among the "28 Places to See Before You Die."
Darwin D. Martin House
Biff Henrich/Darwin Martin Home
Location: Buffalo, N.Y. Built: 1903-1905More info Wright once called his Darwin D. Martin house in Buffalo, N.Y. "the most perfect thing of its kind in the world -- a domestic symphony, true, vital, comfortable."
William H. Danforth Chapel at Florida Southern College
Associated Press
Location: Lakeland, Fla. Built: 1955 (completed)More info The William H. Danforth Chapel is part of the Florida Southern College Architectural District also known as Child of the Sun. The campus boasts the most Frank Lloyd Wright structures built on a single site.
Muirhead Farmhouse
Location: Hampshire, Ill. Built: 1951More info Muirhead Farmhouse is the only known farmhouse designed and built by Wright during his lifetime.
Sutton House
Location: McCook, Neb. Built: 1905-1908More info The Nebraska residence is one of the few homes west of the Mississippi River designed and built while Wright was alive.
Lloyd-Jones House, aka "Westhope"
Location: Tulsa, Okla. Built: 1929More info Wright built this 10,000 square-foot home for his cousin, Tulsa Tribune publisher Richard Lloyd-Jones.
The Historic Park Inn Hotel
Location: Mason City, Iowa Built: 1910 (completed)More info The Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel in the world (of which Wright was listed as the architect of record).
Bradley House
Location: Kankakee, Ill. Built: 1900More info Bradley House was among the first Prairie School homes designed by Wright and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Gammage Auditorium
Location: Tempe, Ariz. Built: 1962-1964More info The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Arizona State University is considered to be Wright's last public commission.
David Wright Home
(AP Photo/Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Scott Jarson, azarchitecture.com)
Location: Phoenix Built: 1952 More info: N/A This undated image provided by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy shows the home that Wright, the famous architect, built for his son in Phoenix.
Imperial Hotel
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Location: Inuyama, Aichi, Japan Built: Various datesMore info Though the '20s-era hotel suffered through a devastating earthquake on its opening day and WWII bombings, it was razed in 1968. Thankfully, portions of the hotel, including the grand entrance and lobby were saved and relocated to the Meiji Mura Museum.
(AP Photo/File)
In this file photo of March 18, 1957, architect Frank Lloyd Wright visits Robie House, his 1909 Prairie style design, on Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago, Ill.