Wrightwood 659 was founded by Fred Eychaner and Dan Whittaker. Eychaner is a longtime LGBTQ activist, philanthropist, and president of Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Whittaker, who is co-curator of the inaugural exhibition, served as owner’s representative for construction of Wrightwood 659, and as liaison with Tadao Ando Architects.
Alphawood is a grant-making foundation committed primarily to advocacy, architecture and preservation, arts and arts education, promotion and protection of the rights of LGBT citizens and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights. James D. McDonough is executive director and general counsel of Alphawood. The Foundation was lead donor to Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and spearheaded the renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and spearheaded the renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois.