Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer House

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer house, built in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the early 1950s, is one of Wright's last residential masterpieces. Working from extensive materials gathered by Ann and Leonard Eaton, and from his own fifty-two-year familiarity with the building, Grant Hildebrand crafts the story of Billy and Mary Palmer's extraordinary home. He presents in detail the events surrounding the Palmers' selection of Wright as their architect; Wright's personal creation of the design; the challenges, and the ...
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Overview

Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer house, built in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the early 1950s, is one of Wright's last residential masterpieces. Working from extensive materials gathered by Ann and Leonard Eaton, and from his own fifty-two-year familiarity with the building, Grant Hildebrand crafts the story of Billy and Mary Palmer's extraordinary home. He presents in detail the events surrounding the Palmers' selection of Wright as their architect; Wright's personal creation of the design; the challenges, and the craftsmanship, of its construction; the evolution of its garden and teahouse; the role of the house as a setting for the Palmers' lives; and an analysis of its remarkable formal and spatial qualities.

With a rich compendium of personal information and an extensive array of photographs, plans, and diagrams created especially for this book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer House offers a comprehensive exploration of a living work of art and an intimate portrait of the people who, having brought it into being, treasured its presence in their lives for half a century. Citing the particular synergies of architect and client, house and site, Hildebrand situates the heretofore littleknown Palmer house within the context of Wright's overall oeuvre and presents a convincing argument for the inclusion of the Palmer house in the canon of the architect's finest residential designs.

About the Author:
Grant Hildebrand is a University of Washington professor emeritus of architecture and art history

About the Author:
Leonard K. Eaton is a University of Michigan professor emeritus of architecture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986401
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 1,082,015
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Prelude     3
The Palmer House in Its Context: An Overview     7
Designing the House     31
Building the House     45
Furnishing the House     65
The Garden     71
The House, the Garden, and Family Life     81
The House: An Appreciation     91
Chronology     114
Notes     116
Bibliographic Note     122
Index     123
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