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Unity TempleUnity Temple : Frank Lloyd Wright (Architecture in Detail Series)

Robert McCarter / 1997

Art and Architecture Editor’s Recommended Book, 8/01/97. One of the latest installments in Phaidon Press’s innovative Architecture in Detail series, this title explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary Unity Temple, a building representing the pinnacle of his Prairie Style. Each uniquely formatted paperback (60 pages, square) in the series presents a celebrated building in the history of architecture and explores it in concise detail. Completed in 1908, Unity Temple represents a decisive step in religious architecture of the 20th century. Text and extensive captions explain all the photographic and illustrative details, from the solid concrete columns to the geometric grid of 25 stained-glass skylights that flood the interior with warm light. Like the other books in the series (which feature buildings by Ando, Gropius, Kahn, Aalto, and Corbu), this one includes reproductions of original documents, technical drawings, an essay, and a complete bibliography and chronology. The plethora of details presented amounts to the most in-depth approach to an individual building.

 
FallingwaterFallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Romance with Nature
Lynda S. Waggoner, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy / 1996

Vine Voice. Lynda S. Waggoner presents an alluring collection of photographs and commentary that will interest the architect or anyone who’s had an eye for the artistical-architectural renderings of the legendary work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As curator and administrator, Waggoner’s first hand accounts of Fallingwater provides the reader with an up-close narrative behind and inside the home with the basic origins of the construction and inspiration that led to the inception of Wright’s American masterpiece; he blended both nineteenth century natural observations that derived from Walt Whitman to Henry David Thoreau with landscape. FALLING WATER provides insight to Frank Lloyd’s inspiration of constructing Fallingwater. In essence, he wanted to reconnect with nature and the nineteenth century romanticism of the wilderness, but with the natural expressions that were innate and organic; one may suggest he possessed an inkling of eastern inspiration. The several quotes throughout the book from Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson, Rushkin, and as well Wright and Edward Kaufmann, Jr. will provide a perfect poetic composition that complements the beautiful photographs of the house and the outlining natural landscape. Wright says it best: “In the realm of organic architecture human imagination must render the harsh language of structure into becomingly humane expressions of form instead of devising inanimate facades or rattling bones of construction. Poetry of form is as necessary to great architecture as foliage is to the tree, blossoms to the plant or flesh to the body” (23). So, if you are looking for a coffee table book that does not leave a lot of clutter, FALLING WATER: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S ROMANCE WITH NATURE will definitely provide the balance. It is a little book packed with much content. And most likely, it will leave you wanting to share it with others. R. DelParto.

 

Homes of Frank Lloyd WrightThe Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright / VHS Tape / 1996

Donald Liebenson for Amazon.com. Originally broadcast as part of A&E’s America’s Castles series, this program celebrates and makes accessible the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, hailed as this century’s greatest architect. There is no more insightful window into the man than the three homes that Wright built for himself: his Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois; Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. From floor to ceiling and room by room, this intimate guided tour charts the evolution of Wright’s singular style that created “structures not on the land, but of the land” and “built not to be looked at, but lived in.” Exploring Wright’s Home and Studio, for example, reveals “a treasure house of experimentation” that “is central to understanding his development.” The original Taliesin is called “an autobiography in wood, brick, and stone.” The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright takes its cue from Wright, who in his designs endeavored to eliminate the insignificant (attics, he believed, were wasted space). Wright scholars place these homes in historical and biographical context. Not glossed over are some of the more scandalous and tragic events that marked Wright’s life, from an adulterous affair that made headlines to the ax murder of his mistress at Taliesin. This video is a must-own for architectural buffs, but even if you’re just getting in on the ground floor and don’t know your vestibule from your veranda, this program will make you feel right at home. Documentary, approx. 50 mins.

 

Dana HouseFrank Lloyd Wright’s Dana House

Donald Hoffmann / 1996

Midwest Book Review. Use this pictorial essay as an introduction to understanding a single piece of Wright’s architectural achievements: here Dana House, built in Illinois in 1902-04. Exterior and interior shots and plans are depicted in over a hundred photos and drawings, while the history and creation of the building are explored.

 

The House BeautifulThe House Beautiful

William C. Gannett, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Arthur / 1996

This book, designed around an essay by a distinguished Unitarian minister by Frank Lloyd Wright and printed on a handpress in an edition of 90 by Wright and Winslow in 1896, is one of the most beautiful and rare books produced in that period. Importantly, it clearly links Wright (and his early career in architecture) with the Arts and Crafts movement in America, England, and Europe. While the book is mentioned in almost all of the important literature on FLLW, it has been very clear that many of the scholars and biographers had not examined the original volume, for much of what has been said about THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL is erroneous. This book, which is modified slightly (in order to make it affordable) and scaled down to 2/3 size, is the first trade edition ever published of the entire design and full text. It is a book that is of interest to serious Wright scholars and to those interested in the Arts and Crafts movement…

 

Lost WrightLost Wright : Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vanished Masterpieces

Carla Lind / 1996

The majestic Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, the stunning Midway Gardens in Chicago, and the innovative Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, New York, are among the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces lost to us forever. With color photos, architectural illustrations, and black-and-white period photographs, Carla Lind gives these glorious works the attention they deserve. 150 photos.

 

Early VisionsFrank Lloyd Wright : Early Visions

Frank Lloyd Wright, Nancy Frazier / 1995

One of the most famous books in architectural history presents the early work of the great American architect and includes photos and material unavailable elsewhere. Contains more than 200 photos.

 
 


Frank Lloyd Wright CompanionA Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

William Allin Storrer / 1994

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 unusal clients. Storrer is not only a scholar and a writer, but a computer draftsman and photographer as well. He has painstakingly redrawn floor plans to accurately reflect the layout of 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 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. Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved.


Wright in HollywoodWright in Hollywood : Visions of a New Architecture

Robert L. Sweeney, David G. DeLong / 1994

Booknews, Inc. Portrays architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s middle period, 1922-32, as important not only to his own development, but to the history of modern architecture and concrete block. Traces the evolution of his textile block system from an early regional style to minimal, globally-applicable forms. Illustrated mostly in black and white.

 
 

Usonian HousesFrank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses (Wright at a Glance Series)

Carla Lind / 1994

One of the architectural problems that challenged Frank Lloyd Wright throughout his career was how to provide moderate-cost houses that were every bit as good as more expensive ones. His solution was the Usonian house. This book presents a dozen of these innovative structures that became models for so many American houses. The Wright-at-a-Glance series showcases the work of one of the world’s best-known architects. Comprising twelve books in all, this series offers an overview of Wright’s life, buildings, and designs.

 

The MasterworksFrank Lloyd Wright : The Masterworks

David Larkin (Editor), Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer / 1993

Booknews, Inc. Probably the most elaborate presentation of Wright’s architecture available, this handsome volume presents 38 of the great American architect’s most renowned and significant buildings, from his early work in Oak Park in the 1890s to his creations of the 1940s and 1950s. Each building is presented from conceptual sketch, plan or drawing to finished work and accompanied by an in-depth essay detailing the development of the work, with extensive quotes from Wright’s writings, unpublished talks, and private letters. For extant buildings, entirely new color photographs have been taken for this volume, while demolished buildings are represented by rare archival photographs.


FallingwaterFrank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater : The House and Its History (Dover Books on Architecture)

Donald Hoffmann, Edgar Kaufmann / 1993

Booknews, Inc. Organic form was Frank Lloyd Wright’s credo, and its most splendid embodiment is Fallingwater, designed and built for the Pittsburgh merchant Edgar Kaufmann in the 1930s. The private dwelling, which juts directly over a waterfall at Bear Run in western Pennsylvania, is the boldest and most personal architectural statement of Wright’s mature years. This volume is a total revision—both in text and illustrations—of the standard document of Fallingwater. With the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, valuable new material has come to light that has provided the basis for this completely rewritten and expanded account. The new material has enabled the author, Wright expert Donald Hoffmann, to tell a more comprehensive, vivid, and authentic story. This book is the complete record of the birth, growth, and maturity of an architectural masterpiece. It documents in special detail Fallingwater’s architectural innovations: its cantilevered construction, its ingenious integration with a majestic waterfall, the cascading staircases, organic use of ornament, and the problematic but ultimately triumphant use of reinforced concrete.


Wendigen SeriesFrank Lloyd Wright : The Complete 1925 ‘Wendingen’ Series

Frank Lloyd Wright / 1992

Booknews, Inc. Reprint (with a new introduction and translations of articles) of the work originally published in 1925 by C.A. Mees, Santpoort, Holland, as ‘Frank Lloyd Wright: The Life-Work of the American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright with Contributions by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Introduction by Architect H. Th. Wijdeveld and Many Articles by Famous European Architects and American Writers.’ The work consists of seven special numbers of the art magazine ‘Wendingen,’ presenting 136 photos of Wright’s buildings, with plans and commentary.

 

Taliesin: The Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin: The Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright / 1991

Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife, Olgivanna, established the Taliesin Fellowship School for Architects. This video tells the story of the school through the words of students, friends and relatives, and also features footage of Wright himself, at work in his element.

 
 
 


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