International Decorative Art

Tree of Life Window

Tree of Life Window

Design Date 1904

Designer Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959, American)

Manufacturer Linden Glass Company, Chicago, IL

Media glass with brass caming in original pine frame

Dimensions 40 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Tree of Life windows as part of his complete architectural vision for the Darwin D. Martin home in Buffalo, New York (1903–1905). All of the windows on the second floor of the Martin House, where the bedrooms are located, used the Tree of Life motif, echoing the treetops visible outside. Wright wrote to Martin, “We haven’t designed ‘leaded glass’ for you, we have designed a dainty metal grille with glass insertion.” Wright designed at least 4,365 art glass windows for the 97 houses he built between 1885 and 1923. There were about 400 pieces of art glass in the buildings of the Martin House complex in 15 primary patterns, 11 in the house alone. This window would have been part of one of the children’s bedrooms and is one of only two of this size and design.

ON VIEW in the Visitor Lounge 18

Markings unmarked

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 1998.0006