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William Wesley Peters: Evansville’s Connection to the World of Frank Lloyd Wright

This exhibition will recall the career of architect and engineer Evansvillian William Wesley Peters, 1912-1991. Peters worked with Frank Lloyd Wright on such famous structures as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. After Wrights’s death, Peters produced designs ranging from the Kaden Tower in Louisville to the Pearl Palace in Iran. 

Born in Terre Haute, Peters’ family moved to Evansville and he graduated from Bosse High School in 1929. He then attended Evansville College before continuing his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1932, he became Frank Lloyd Wright’s first apprentice joining the famed architect’s Taliesin Fellowship in 1932. 

The exhibition will focus on Peters’ Evansville career—with a special emphasis on the Peters-Margedant House—a prototype for the development of the Usonian style of architecture—that was moved to the University of Evansville’s campus in 2016, his career with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his post Wright career. Images, drawings, and models will illustrate the work of an Evansvillian who established a world-wide reputation in architecture and design.