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

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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,"...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423601012
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/5/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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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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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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mike Wallace 6

Introduction 8

ONE "Taliesin East"

At Home and At Work in New York 16

TWO Battling the "Glass Box Boys"

The Skyscraper and the City 32

THREE Courting the New Consumer

Foreign Automobiles and Domestic Designs 48

FOUR In the Spotlight

A Celebrity Among Celebrities 66

FIVE Master of the Medium

In America's Living Rooms 82

SIX The Guggenheim Rising

The Spiral on Fifth Avenue 92

SEVEN After Wright

A New York Legacy 110

Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City: A Chronology 124

Acknowledgements 126

Notes 128

Bibliography 145

Credits 151

Index 152

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    AIArchitect ¿February 1, 2008 BOOK REVIEW Frank¿s Last Stand Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954¿1959, by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel (Gibbs Smith, 2007) Reviewed by Garo Gumusyan, AIA Summary: Frank Lloyd Wright, the suave, romantic playboy, at 85 years old, has one last mission¿to seduce that faithless woman of a certain age, New York City. She has been on his list for a long time. This time, though, he will do it his way. Everything is meticulously planned ¿ down to the Plaza Hotel¿s Suite # 223, which Wright will completely make over for Christian Dior¿s previous ¿inferior desecration¿ of the room simply will not do. The time is the `50s, and New York City, the object of his desires, is getting a major make-over¿International Style. And who are the ones busy reshaping the grand corporate headquarters that line Park Avenue? None other than the Mies van der Rohe-clones, for whom Wright has nothing but contempt! Two avenues west, ensconced in his Plaza suite, Wright, anointed the ¿greatest architect of all time¿ by House Beautiful, sits stewing, yearning, waiting, having yet to build a single structure in the burgeoning post-war Capital of the World. This is the dramatic setting for Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel¿s recent survey of Frank Lloyd Wright¿s time in New York between 1954 and 1959. As their story unfolds, Wright, the aging playboy, has one more trick left up his sleeve, the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, which would indelibly leave his mark on the city he loved to hate. Hession and Pickrel are terrific storytellers and they know their subject well. Along the way, we discover little gems such as when Marilyn Monroe comes to Suite # 223, without then-husband Arthur Miller, to privately discuss a house they were planning to build together in Connecticut. Wright, sensing his opportunity to be with the starlet alone, asks his secretary to take his own wife out shopping. Wright wasn¿t always so smooth for ¿when he ordered his favorite spirit, Old Bushmills, neat, the waiter usually incorrectly delivered his Irish whiskey in an ice filled glass. Wright would pick up a spoon ¿ lift the cubes out one by one, and proceed to flip them across the green carpeted floor, to the astonishment and pleasure of the other patrons.¿ Insightful little stories like these illuminate this late yet significant period in the American master¿s life. This is a cleverly written book and delicious read. Which raises the question: A half a century has passed since his death, why hasn¿t there been another Wright? What does this say about the current American Architecture? Makes you reach for that Old Bushmills. Neat.

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