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Frank Lloyd Wright CompanionThe Frank Lloyd Wright Companion, Revised Edition

William Allin Storrer / November 2006

Booklist. Wright expert Storrer has compiled the definitive Wright reference book. His splendid descriptive volume covers more than 450 buildings designed by master architect Wright between 1886 and 1959. Storrer documents each structure with plans, drawings, photographs, and commentary. Each presentation is both complete and concise, following each stage of Wright’s aesthetic development, each leap of his imagination, and each instance of technical innovation. The surprisingly fluid text includes anecdotes about the circumstances leading up to important commissions and pithy discussions of the personalities and motivations of Wright’s often unusual clients. Storrer is not only a scholar and writer, but a computer draftsman and photographer as well. He has painstakingly redrawn floor plans to accurately reflect the layout of the actual buildings, as opposed to Wright’s preconstruction drawings, and taken most of the 965 photographs. Storrer carefully composed each shot to capture the play of light and shadow Wright orchestrated for both the interior and the exterior of his unique creations. While Storrer’s "companion" is not as coffee-table pretty as some of the other Wright books out this past year, it is an invaluable, enjoyable, and authoritative resource. ~Donna Seaman


Prairie HousesFrank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses

Alan Hess, Kathryn Smith, and Alan Weintraub / November 2006

Comprehensive look at Wright’s designs for the modern American Home.

 
 
 

Hardy HouseFrank Lloyd Wright’s Hardy House

Mark Hertzberg / September 2006

Author and photographer Mark Hertzberg’s extensive research has uncovered previously, unpublished plans and drawings for Wright’s original (and unbuilt) conception of the house, along with vast amounts of correspondence between Hardy and Wright. He has documented the house in all seasons and from many different perspectives, inside and out. His virtual tour includes interviews with various people who have lived in the house or had firsthand knowledge of its history — from Hardy’s grandchildren to the present owners. The result is an intricate story of an architectural marvel interlaced with remembrances by its residents.


Field GuideFrank Lloyd Wright Field Guide

Thomas A. Heinz / December 2005

The Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide provides the first complete visitors’ guide to all of Wright’s buildings in the United States and around the world. This new, single-volume edition is written and compiled by architect and Frank Lloyd Wright expert Thomas A. Heinz, AIA. In a highly readable and informative style, Heinz presents each building page by page, providing brief histories and background details, information on accessibility and viewing, and driving directions. Every entry is accompanied by a photograph and location map. Buildings are arranged geographically. A cross-referenced index enables each building to be easily accessed by location or client or building name.


Magnificent ObsessionMagnificient Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan (DVD)

Karen Severns, Koichi Mori / 2005

Customer Review. Magnificent Obsession, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan is unparallel in regards to its subject matter. Although any Wrightophile can tell you that Frank Lloyd Wright was enraptured and secretly influenced by Japan, there is a gaping hole in the literature detailing the years he spent visiting and working in Japan. One would expect to see rare footage of Wright in Japan as well as visuals of the Imperial Hotel and the private residences he built there. You won’t be disappointed. What you may not expect to learn is the degree of influence Wright had on the country that he himself took so much inspiration from, the long-standing relationships that were formed and the Japanese iteration of the Wright’s nature-based organic architecture. The film is well researched and is rich in detail regarding the architects who worked with Wright such are Arata Endo, his chief draftsman on the Imperial Hotel as well as modern day architects who discuss how Wright’s pervasive influence is still a powerful force today.


The HousesFrank Lloyd Wright: The Houses

Alan Hess, Kenneth Frampton, Thomas S. Hines and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer / November 2005

Frank Lloyd Wright is not only synonymous with architecture, his name is also synonymous with the American house in the twentieth century. In particular, his residential work has been the subject of continuing interest and controversy. Wright’s Fallingwater (1935), the seminal masterpiece perched over a waterfall deep in the Pennsylvania highlands, is perhaps the best-known private house in the history of the world. In fact, Wright’s houses-from his Prairie style Robie House (1906) in Chicago, to the Storer (1923) and Freeman (1923) houses in Los Angeles, and Taliesen West (1937) in the Arizona desert-are all touchstones of modern architecture. For the first time, all 289 extant houses are shown here in exquisite color photographs. Along with Weintraub’s stunning photos and a selection of floor plans and archival images, the book includes text and essays by several leading Wright scholars. Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses is an event of great importance and a major contribution to the literature on this titan of modern architecture.


Interactive PortfolioFrank Lloyd Wright Interactive Portfolio

Margo Stipe / October 2004

Fortunately for the many admirers of his architecture, theories, and designs, Frank Lloyd Wright was not only a lover of space and a man of vision-he was also a man who liked to save things. Since he opened his first office in Chicago in 1893, Wright held on to drawings, sketches, notes, photographs, manuscripts, and correspondence. Many of those artifacts survive today in his official archive at Taliesin West in Arizona. Produced in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, this extraordinary book offers a fresh presentation of the documents of one of the world’s most famous architects. It is, in effect, a museum in a book. The unique book “experience” contains 25 interactive, three-dimensional features, removable facsimiles of original documents, never-before-published architectural sketches, and an audio CD containing excerpts from Wright’s weekly addresses at his architectural compound, as well as television interviews. Following the proven success of other Wright titles, this is an engaging journey into the life and work of the iconic American architect through words, pictures, and artifacts.


Complete CatalogThe Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog

William Allin Storrer / October 2002

Customer Review. This book is just what it says it is, a complete catalog of the works of Frank Lloyd Wright built during his life time. The text for each structure, in most cases, was taken from Mr. Storrer’s book The FLW Companion except where new data has been added since the original publication. Each site is illustrated with a photo. Even lost or demolished works, and most are in color. In many cases new or additional photos are included. For me, the main benefit of this book is the Field Guide Maps section at the end. As clearly stated in the text the scale of the maps is compressed for ease of display, BUT the actual site location is so accurately shown that you can determine which side of the street the structure is on and if visable from public property.


Usonian HousesUsonian Houses: Frank Lloyd Wright at a Glance

Doreen Ehrlich / October 2002

Despite his roster of famously elite achievements — museums, public buildings, grand homes of wealthy clients — Frank Lloyd Wright was aware of the needs of the typical American family, particularly during the Great Depression. For them he designed the "Usonian Home" and proved that affordability and superb architecture could go hand in hand. With simple supplies and characteristic creativity, Wright devised a home that belied its modest price tag and sacrificed nothing in the way of elegance. Take a fascinating tour of the best of these homes–including the inaugural Jacobs House (1936)–each one built on the same principles, but subtly differing, depending on the lifestyles of the occupants and local materials available. A history of the design concept combined with ten detailed case studies demonstrate Wright’s incredible ability to adapt his innovative ideas and methods to the needs of ordinary American folk. all in color.


Life & WorksThe Life & Works of Frank Lloyd Wright

Trewin Copplestone, Thomas Heinz / September 2002

This beautifully illustrated book takes you on the journey of the life and works of well-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Filled with full-color photographs of every one of his existing buildings, as well as archival photos of many of his buildings that have been destroyed, this complete collection is an irresistible homage to Frank Lloyd Wright.

 
 

HousesFrank Lloyd Wright’s Houses

Thomas A. Heinz / May 2002

This beautifully illustrated book takes a look at many unusual private homes designed by Wright, from the cantilevered "Fallingwater" in Pennsylvania to the "Desert-rose" concrete-block Lykes House in Phoenix, Arizona. Includes many popular examples of Wright’s most famous houses.

 
 
 

Frank Lloyd Wright in Pop-upFrank Lloyd Wright in Pop-Up

Iain Thomson, Keith Finch, Andrew Crowson / April 2002

Using the latest in paper engineering, this book brings to life six of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings: The Robie House in Chicago, the Charles Ennis House, Fallingwater, the Johnson’s Wax administrative building and research tower, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art.

 
 

Usonia New YorkUsonia New York: Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright

Roland Reisley, John Timpane, Martin Filler / August 2001

Usonia, New York is the story of a group of idealistic men and women who, following WWII, enlisted Frank Lloyd Wright to design and help them build a cooperative utopian community near Pleasantville, NY. Through both historic memorabilia and contemporary color photos, this book reveals the still-thriving community based on concepts Wright advocated in his Broadacre City proposals.

 
 

Wright for WrightWright for Wright

Hugh Howard & Roger Straus III / June 2001

Wright for Wright is the first book to focus exclusively on the twenty houses and other structures Frank Lloyd Wright built for himself and his family. Free from the constraints and, in Wright’s case, conflict of the client-architect relationship, these houses present Wright at his unfettered best: building and constantly renovating in the materials and locations that mattered to him most. Photographed for the first time in spectacular full-color panoramic shots by longtime Wright photographer Roger Straus, these shots capture the houses as part of landscape-the way Wright envisioned them. Along with Hugh Howard’s provoking, not to mention revelatory, text this book is set to be a unique and compelling volume for Wright’s many fans.


A Gatefold PortfolioFrank Lloyd Wright: A Gatefold Portfolio

Robin Langley Sommer and Balthazar Korab / May 2001

This volume offers a unique perspective on sixteen of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest and most adventurous works. Each eight-page gatefold–opening out to almost three feet–presents the author’s original rendering in full size, allowing readers to appreciate in detail Wright’s original conception of the building. Thirty-two pages of gatefold pullouts, featuring sixteen full-color renderings.Includes some of Wright’s most celebrated residential, public, and religious structures, including Wright’s own home and studio, the Dana-Thomas house, Unity Temple, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.Accompanying text, interior and exterior photos, and scaled floor plans detail the course of commissioning and construction for each building.

 


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