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Happy 150th Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright


Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday is on June 8, and WSU is celebrating with tours of one of the buildings designed by the famous architect.

The Corbin Building opened in 1964 and is one of two that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the campus, then called the Municipal University of Wichita.

One was not built due to lack of funds. The Corbin Building was named for then-university president Harry Corbin who led the fight to get the school into the state university system.

The Corbin education center takes cues from Lloyd Wright's prairie designs, which was inspired by the Midwest's vast flat plains and encouraged a blurring between the outside and the inside.

Two spires reach 60 feet above the structure, recalling single wheat stalks or tallgrass strands.

Wichita has another Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style building in College Hill. Tours of the building are being offered in celebration of Lloyd Wright's birthday. Tickets for the tour can be purchased here.


Aileen LeBlanc is news director at KMUW. Follow her on Twitter @Aileen_LeBlanc.

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