Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Rizzoli has recently published at least four other works on architect Frank Lloyd Wright, one of which, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks (1993), could be considered a companion to this volume. Covering only Wright's domestic architecture, this thick album of photo essays is heavy enough to collapse any of Wright's historic coffee tables. From Wright's own 1889 home in Oak Park, IL, to his posthumously finished 1966 Lykes family residence in Phoenix, each of these 100 buildings is given from one to nine pages of sumptuous photos with short explanatory captions. The differing styles of houses in Wright's career are organized into thematic sections with five accompanying essays by five different authors, who include an architectural historian and the great grandson of the artist, also an architect. But neither the short essays nor the two pages of microscopic architectural plans approach the value of Weintraub's (Bay Area Style) beautiful photography. The great merit of this book is the chance to see into the vision of the most iconoclastic modern architect as he designed living spaces for a range of American families. Recommended for art and larger public libraries.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847827367
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 100,785
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 2.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Weintraub is an architectural photographer whose recent work includes Bay Area Style. Alan Hess is an architectural writer and author of Rizzoli's The Architecture of John Lautner. Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Thomas S. Hines is Professor of History and Architecture at UCLA. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Kathryn Smith is an architecture historian, preservation consultant, author and lecturer. Margo Stipe is Registrar of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Eric Lloyd Wright, great grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, is an architect based in California.

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Table of Contents

1 Becoming Frank Lloyd Wright 16
Frank Lloyd Wright and the American home 44
2 The prairie style 50
Frank Lloyd Wright's suburbanized civility 1900-1916 172
3 Professional wilderness 176
Disciples and masters : Schindler, Neutra, Wright 214
4 Utopia promised 226
Complexity and contradiction in Wright's architecture 370
5 Utopia under construction 374
Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian automatics 458
Afterword 512
The plans 514
House list 518
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