MANCHESTER, NH —Around the world, people will be celebrating the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, who would be turning 150 on June 8. Fans of the master architect can celebrate the anniversary by visiting the most famous building he designed in New England, the Zimmerman House.
The Isadore J. and Lucille Zimmerman House (1950) is a mid-century modern home that is entirely a Wright creation. In addition to the home, he designed the interiors, furniture, gardens, and even the mailbox. In 1979, the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Dr. and Mrs. Zimmerman left the property to the Currier in 1988. In 1990, the house and grounds were opened to the public so that visitors could enjoy glimpses of a private world from the 1950s and 1960s, including the Zimmermans’ personal collection of modern art, pottery, and sculpture. The Zimmerman House itself is a work of art. The only Wright home open to the public in New England, it is also one of only a few Wright buildings owned and operated by an art museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) designed more than 1,000 structures in his lifetime, 532 of which were completed. His belief in organic architecture led to buildings that were in harmony with the environment. In 1991 Wright was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.”
Zimmerman House tours are available either at 11:15 am, 1:15 pm or at 3:15 pm and there are no tours available on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
In addition, enjoy specialty focus tours of the home all summer long including “Celebrating 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright,” “Frank Lloyd Wright as Composer,” “The Zimmerman House Garden Tour,” and “Twilight Tours.”
To make a reservation for a public or private tour of the house, visit Currier.org/education-programs/zimmerman-house-tours/. Due to the intimate architecture of the House, wheelchair accessibility is limited.
ABOUT THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART
The Currier Museum of Art is dedicated to connecting art with people in innovative ways. The museum is home to a significant collection of European, American, and contemporary art, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Le Witt, and works by new Hampshire artists. This collection inspires exhibitions and programs of many types.
The Currier Museum opened to the public in 1929 and completed a new extension in 2008. It is New Hampshire’s museum of art. Located at 150 Ash Street in Manchester, New Hampshire, the museum is open every day except Tuesday.
The museum owns the Zimmerman House, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, complete with original furnishings and art. Guided visits can be booked online.
The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, master classes, and intensive workshops for all ages.