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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Photo: Lauren Cavalli.

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Added to UNESCO World Heritage List

Eight buildings designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright—including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Holly Hock House in Los Angeles, and Fallingwater in Pennsylvania—have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites, marking the first time the organization has recognized American modernist architecture.

In total, twenty-nine sites were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, which was established in 1978 to identify and protect cultural and natural heritage around the world. To get on the list, sites have to be of “outstanding universal value” and meet one of ten selection criteria, which include representing a “masterpiece of human creative genius” and exhibiting “important cultural exchanges of human values over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world.”

Among the other sites to join the list are the nearly three-hundred-year-old city of Jaipur, India; the Jodrell Bank Observatory in the UK; the smelting furnaces used in ancient iron production in Burkina Faso; the Vatnajokull National Park in Iceland; the Hyrcanian Forests in Iran; and Budj Bim, a dormant volcano and the surrounding area in Victoria, Australia.

The historic sites were chosen from thirty-five nominations during the forty-third session of the World Heritage Committee, which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 30 to July 10.