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Frank Lloyd Write taking a drive in the desert on one of his many visits to Chandler, Arizona.May 3, 2016

Local Voices, Arizona Stories
Chandler Museum speaker series on May 21 reveals little-known designs of Frank Lloyd Wright
As part of the ongoing Our Stories guest speaker series, the Downtown Chandler Library will host “Frank Lloyd Wright and a New Vision for Chandler,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Sat., May 21, 2016. The Our Stories speaker series is presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library and Chandler Historical Society.

Wright, an iconic American architect, had a friendship with town founder Dr. A.J. Chandler and spent time in the area from the late 1920s through the mid-1930s. Wright worked on various projects in and around Chandler – most of which never came to fruition – and his vision for the town and the surrounding area was inspired by the desert and its unique landscape.

This Our Stories presentation from Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator, will cover a variety of Wright's projects that were planned but never completed, including the San Marcos on the Desert and Broadacre City. Letters and recent research will give attendees a fresh look at Wright’s design efforts in Chandler.   

“Dr. AJ Chandler and Frank Lloyd Wright had regular correspondence with one another during this time period,” says Crago. “These letters shed light on their decision process and include interesting insights into the missed opportunities for development in and around Chandler.” 

The Downtown Chandler Library is located at 22 S. Delaware Street. For additional information on this program, call 480-782-2751, or visit

  • Our Stories Speaker Series
    The Our Stories series hosts speakers throughout the year who share unique Chandler and Arizona stories. Programs highlight the area’s history and culture and include first-person accounts, demonstrations, multimedia presentations and more. This series is presented by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Historical Society, Chandler Public Library and the City of Chandler Cultural Affairs Division, bringing arts, history and culture to Chandler residents and visitors.