Frank Lloyd Wright, why I can’t I quit you?
I just enjoy making these so much. His leaded glass is just so beautiful. I keep coming across this coloring book of his window designs, and I’ve, uh, got a birthday coming up in 7 months, so you know… Just playin’, but it’s still such a cute little book!
This is the archway in the Dana-Thomas House located in Springfield, Illinois.
Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959)
Pacific Dwelling for Mr. and Mrs. Morris, San Francisco, 1945
VC Morris commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a gallery on Maiden Lane in San Francisco. While working together, Wright proposed this mansion for Morris’ dramatic lot in San Francisco’s Seacliff neighborhood. Morris considered Wright’s first design too elaborate (top). He asked Wright to dial it back. The bottom image shows the toned-down version haha. It was never built; Morris’ Xanadu Gallery is Wright’s only San Francisco building.
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature; it will never fail you.
Frank Lloyd Wright told his apprentices. The master heeded that principle at Taliesin, the house he built for himself in Spring Green, in rural Wisconsin. Begun in 1911 and rebuilt after fires in 1914 and 1925, it is as much a part of the hillside as the rock outcroppings and the mature trees that shade it. The name means “shining brow” in Welsh—the language of Wright’s mother’s forebears—and alludes to its placement below the crest of the hill. In contrast to Falling water, the masterpiece it inspired, Taliesin has no one, iconic image. Its drama is muted and demands a spirit of quiet contemplation. It emerges from dense foliage as a rambling, picturesque composition of limestone walls, sand-colored stucco balconies and shingled roofs, and it reveals itself slowly, a piece at a time. Even so, James E. Goulka, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, calls it “the most important work he did,” and Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell considers it “the greatest single building in America.”
Midway Gardens, Chicago Illinois. 1914 Frank Lloyd Wright. (Demolished in 1923).
Opened 100 years ago today.
Robie House’s rockstar visitor
While Jack White was hanging out on 57th Street, we hope he stopped by the Oriental Institute, too. White performs at the Chicago Theatre tonight.
Fun fact: Did you know… the University of Chicago Magazine staff’s offices used to be in Robie House?
Photo courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, flwright.org
Price Tower: Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
There was once a chance to save the world-famous Larkin Administration Building designed by the one and only Frank Lloyd Wright. Alas, it was not to be but today the rest of the Larkin District is being brought back to life. For more information on the history of the Larkin Administration Building check out this comprehensive blog.