Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years 1954-1959

Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years 1954-1959

by Jane King Hession, Debra Pickrel
     
 

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Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959, examines the momentous five-year period when one of the world's greatest architects and one of the world's greatest cities dynamically coexisted. Authors Jane Hession and Debra Pickrel bring each of these unequalled characters to life, exploring the fascinating contradiction between Wright's

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Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959, examines the momentous five-year period when one of the world's greatest architects and one of the world's greatest cities dynamically coexisted. Authors Jane Hession and Debra Pickrel bring each of these unequalled characters to life, exploring the fascinating contradiction between Wright's often-voiced disdain of New York and his pride and pleasure in living in one of the city's great landmarks: the Plaza Hotel. From his suite, or "Taliesin the Third," as it became known, Wright supervised construction of the Guggenheim, sparred with the New York press, and received many famous visitors such as Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423617648
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/05/2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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There were few finer views in NewYork at mid-century than the panorama from Frank LloydWright’s second-floor corner suite at the Plaza Hotel. Beyond its tall arched windows facing Fifth Avenue and Central Park South, the city’s premier green space, Central Park, stretched north in one unbroken 843-acre swath.Along the east side of the park stood prestigious residences and great cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and “Millionaires’ Row,” once home to a procession of opulent turn-of-the century mansions built by some of NewYork’s wealthiest families.To the south, fashionable department stores and chic shops marched toward midtown.Thirty blocks to the north on Fifth Avenue, between East Eighty-Eighth and East Eighty-Ninth streets, stood the site upon which the Guggenheim Museum would soon begin to rise.

Meet the Author

Jane King Hession is an architect, architectural historian, curator, writer, and lecturer. She has curated museum exhibits for nearly ten years, including Bridging America with Frank Lloyd Wright (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002). She is a board member of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and the managing editor of the organization's quarterly Bulletin. Hession holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History as well as a Master of Architecture degree. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Debra Pickrel is principal of Pickrel Communications, a New York communications consultancy, and a freelance writer and editor. She has written on architecture, design, and preservation for a variety of leading national magazines including Architectural Record, House Beautiful, Metropolis, and Preservation. Pickrel served on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and was editor-in-chief of the Conservancy's quarterly Bulletin for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation. She resides in New York City.

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