Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright

Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright

by Richard L. Cleary, Dennis McFadden
     
 
Merchant Prince and Master Builder examines the extraordinary relationship between one of the nation's leading retailers and its best-known architect. Over a span of 25 years, from 1934 to 1959, Edgar J. Kaufmann, his wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Kaufmann jr., commissioned a dozen projects from Frank Lloyd Wright, including the famous country house Fallingwater

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Merchant Prince and Master Builder examines the extraordinary relationship between one of the nation's leading retailers and its best-known architect. Over a span of 25 years, from 1934 to 1959, Edgar J. Kaufmann, his wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Kaufmann jr., commissioned a dozen projects from Frank Lloyd Wright, including the famous country house Fallingwater and unrealized schemes for a civic center in Pittsburgh.

The Kaufmanns shared Wright's belief in the power of good design to enrich the quality of modern life, Through Kaufmann's department store in Pittsburgh and Kaufmann jr.'s association with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, they promoted the work of Wright and other progressive designers. Their story broadens the context for understanding Wright's career during the final decades of his life.

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Examines the extraordinary relationship between one of the nation's leading retailers in the mid-20th century and its best-known architect. Over a span of 25 years, Kaufmann and his family commissioned a dozen projects from Wright, including the famous country house, Fallingwater. Through their department store and their association with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Kaufmanns promoted the work of Wright and other progressive designers. Includes b&w photos and many color and b&w plans. Cleary is an associate professor of architectural history at the University of Texas-Austin. Distributed by University of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880390361
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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