If he wasn’t so happy being our DraftSight training specialist, maybe globetrotter Mark Lyons would have become a tour guide.
In case you missed it, Lyons recently shared his snapshots of celebrated Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in suburban Chicago on the DraftSight Facebook page.
The city’s suburb of Oak Park contains the world’s largest concentration of Wright designs, with 25 buildings and houses created between 1889 and 1913. According to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Oak Park is where Wright practiced and perfected his Prairie Style architecture, which focused on low-profile buildings that maximize the use of natural light.
You can find an online map of these historic neighborhoods at the Oak Park Tourist Bureau, which also touts itself as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway.
One of my favorite Lyons pictures is this gem that captures some gaudy Halloween decorations, which must have horrified the guides from the historical walking tours. It makes me think of all the historical societies that dictate what colors people can paint their homes and those hypersensitive condo associations that regulate flags, lawn ornaments and Christmas lights.
Dassault Systèmes is such a strong believer in DraftSight, our professional-grade free 2D CAD program, as an architectural tool that we used it to design the interior of our new Greater Boston headquarters — which by the way, shares Frank Lloyd Wright’s love for natural light.
This next pic tossed in the DraftSight Facebook album is NOT a Wright design, but I’m happy that Lyons included it for us architecture fans.
It’s the brand new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. The caterpillar-like building contains a proscenium theater, a concert hall and a banquet hall. The stainless-steel dome roof segments seamlessly shift to glass walls at certain points, creating breathless views of the city skyline.
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