“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.” — FLW

the twenties: Hollyhock HouseIn the decade following World War I, Wright’s level of production declined. Although he worked on a series of projects, some of which were later built, the number of buildings actually constructed during the twenties was minimal when compared to the work of the preceding years.

In the 1920’s, Wright explored the use of poured concrete and abstract sculptural ornamentation in residential construction. He developed a type of construction using precast “textile” concrete blocks which were bound together by steel rods and poured concrete. This “textile-block” construction method found its best expression in a series of four houses built in the hills around Los Angeles, California.


Links to Photographs and Other Materials

Aline Barnsdall House (Hollyhock House) (1920), Los Angeles, California. Barnsdall Park site; photographs and history of house.

Barnsdall (Hollyhock) House. Color photograph.

Barnsdall (Hollyhock) House. Architectural Digest site featuring “An Insider’s Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.”

Barnsdall (Hollyhock) House. Wikipedia article with photographs, discussion, and location map.

Alice Millard House, "La Miniatura" (1923), Pasadena, California. Perspective drawing.

Millard House. Realtor’s site featuring an image gallery with contemporary pictures of interior and exterior, historic photos, and plans. Site also contains articles about the house and a bibliography.

Millard House. Photogallery on Los Angeles Times website featuring slideshow of 19 photographs showing Millard House interior and exterior.

Millard House. Wikipedia article with photographs, discussion, and location map.

Millard House. B/W photograph showing house under construction.

John Storer House (1923), Hollywood, California. Perspective drawing.

Storer House. Wikipedia article with photographs, discussion, and location map.

Storer House. Realtor’s site with drawings and color photographs of exterior.

Storer House. Video; Martha Stewart tours the Storer house with architect Eric Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson.

Samuel Freeman House (1923), Los Angeles, California. Aerial drawing.

Freeman House. USC’s Freeman House web site; includes restoration project update. Discussion only.

Charles Ennis House (1923), Los Angeles, California. Gallery of color photos on the Ennis House site.

Ennis House. Wikipedia article with photographs, discussion, and location map.

Ennis House. Perspective from below.

Ennis House. Perspective drawing with partial plan.

Ennis House. Color photographs of exterior.

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Taliesin III (1925ff), Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Taliesin Preservation Commission web site; extensive text-only information.

Taliesin III. A 360 Virtual Visit that samples what can be seen and heard on various tours offered at Taliesin; the tour includes views inside Wright’s studio, home, school and several locations on the estate grounds.

Taliesin III. Color photographs of exterior.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel (1927), Phoenix, Arizona. Hotel web site with B/W photos and a history of the building.

Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Color photograph and discussion.

Isabel and Darwin Martin House, "Graycliff" (1927), Derby, New York. Web site of the Graycliff Conservancy.

Graycliff. Wikipedia article with photographs, discussion, and location map.

Blue-Sky Mausoleum (1928), Buffalo, New York. Web site of the Blue-Sky Mausoleum designed by Wright in 1928 for Darwin D. Martin but not constructed until 2004.

Blue-Sky Mausoleum. Color photographs.

Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-32. Library of Congress exhibit featuring designs for five unbuilt Wright projects: Gordon Strong Automobile Objective, Lake Tahoe Summer Colony, Doheny Ranch Development, A.M. Johnson Desert Compound, and San Marcos in the Desert. Includes drawings, hypothetical models, and narrative text.

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