Frank Lloyd Wright's Froebel kindergarten training and its effects upon his work have long been a matter of interest. Ever since his cryptic allusions to this influence appeared in print, occasional attempts to endow them with specificity have been made, mainly because of the interest in the effects upon Wright's architecture. This article concentrates on the training that is purported to have affected him in such a remarkable manner: both the training and some compelling evidence of its effects have been traced to the science of crystallography in which Froebel had risen to a position of the highest prominence before becoming an educator. This hitherto unknown information opens up a new perspective from which both Froebel's and Wright's work, as well as the connections between them, can be newly viewed.

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