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Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's Birthday at Manchester's Zimmerman House

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The 150th anniversary of Renowned Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday is today, June 8th, and people around the world — including right here in New Hampshire — are celebrating.

The Wright-designed Zimmerman House, tucked away in Manchester’s North End and operated by the Currier Museum, is offering a series of focused tours in the months ahead to delve more deeply into the architect’s legacy. Lloyd Wright built the house for Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman in 1950, who lived there for several decades and left it in the care of the museum in 1988, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Museum Educator Ann Bible says some of those tours will allow guests to enjoy live music inside the Zimmerman House — as Wright intended. Both the architect and the home’s original owners were passionate in their appreciation for music, Bible says. 

“It doesn’t just have good acoustics. It has really outstanding acoustics,” Bible says. “He set it up really beautifully, so it’s a unique opportunity to come to the house to hear just beautiful sound and just be in the experience of the Zimmerman House.”

The house is also offering tours to showcase its extensive gardens.

“The gardens are a part of the Frankl Lloyd Wright site, he designed them in 1952 to go with the house,” Bible says. “It's so much a part of his concept of organic architecture, meaning that everything — from the inside of the house, the furnishings, the outside and the gardens — would all go together.”

Additional public tours of the house are offered throughout the year, and a full schedule can be found on the museum's website.

Casey McDermott is a senior news editor at New Hampshire Public Radio. Throughout her time as an NHPR reporter and editor, she has worked with colleagues across the newsroom to deepen the station’s accountability coverage, data journalism and audience engagement across platforms.

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