Celebrating Classic American Architecture with Maps
June 8 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is honoring Wright’s designs with a commemorative ESRI Story Map.
The Story Map was created using the popular ESRI GIS software. The map allows users to explore buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The buildings are categorized by date—1910 and before, 1911 to 1942, after 1945, and buildings that are lost or never built (which included a doghouse).
Users can click on the locations on the map to see a description of the buildings, which includes Samara House in West Lafayette, Indiana (above). Wright built the home between 1954 and 1956. Wright noticed samara plants on a site visit and included the winged, chevron shape of the fruit into the design of the house. The home is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks in Indiana.
Users can also tour the Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia. The home was built in 1939 and is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This home includes the unique, simple designs made popular by Wright including clerestory windows for unobstructed views, built-in shelves, and cantilevered roof.
The Ball State University Libraries GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library provides access to the latest GIS software from ESRI and assistance from the GIS Specialist. Computers throughout Bracken Library and the Architecture Library also offer access to GIS software.
For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.