The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

by William Allin Storrer
     
 

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The comprehensive source for as-built plans of Wright's work
 
Published to critical acclaim more than a decade ago, The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion brought together in one volume all the essential descriptions, photographs, and plans of everything built by America's most famous architect. Now, for this handsomely produced revised edition,

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The comprehensive source for as-built plans of Wright's work
 
Published to critical acclaim more than a decade ago, The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion brought together in one volume all the essential descriptions, photographs, and plans of everything built by America's most famous architect. Now, for this handsomely produced revised edition, William Allin Storrer brings the history of every Wright structure up to the present.

Storrer treats the full range of Wright's architecture—from vacation cottages in Montana and Michigan, to such monuments of modernism as the Johnson Wax Building and the Guggenheim Museum, to buildings completed after Wright’s death in 1959. Since the first edition, some of Wright’s buildings have been relocated, some have been refurbished, and, sadly, some have even been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Storrer documents these changes and includes new information about the extent of Wright’s work on the buildings, the contributions of his associates, and the details of his business arrangements. Wright aficionados will be especially pleased to find comprehensive coverage of the newly discovered Mitchell residence in Racine, Wisconsin.

Organized chronologically, The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion features a description of each building that details the history of its design, construction, and ownership. Floor plans allow readers intimate access to each of Wright’s built works. With nearly 1,000 photographs (many new to this edition), elevations, historical images, and floor plans that show changes in Wright’s preliminary plans, this reference is unmatched in its authority. The indispensable centerpiece of any Wright collection, the newly revised Companion is a must for any serious library of art and architecture.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With this volume, Storrer surpasses his previous catalog of Wright's work, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (MIT Pr., 1978), by compiling detailed plans, photographs, and brief histories of every structure built by America's most widely known architect. The very handsome oversized book details the range of Wright's output from cottages in Montana to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Although the author denies its relevance, some color photography would have enhanced the text, and the lack of a bibliography is regrettable; also, Storrer continues his earlier use of zip codes as guides to locations, a device some users will find clumsy. Nevertheless, this volume is an essential purchase for serious architecture collections.-- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
Booknews
An handsome, oversized (10.75x10.75") volume bringing together the essential details, descriptions, brief histories, photographs (960), and plans (635) of everything built by American architectural giant Wright (1867-1959). Organized chronologically, the Companion is a work-by-work guide to 433 buildings, from vacation cottages in Montana and Michigan to monuments of modernism such as the Johnson Wax Building and Guggenheim Museum, as well as a number of projects completed after Wright's death. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Donna Seaman
Wright expert Storrer has compiled "the" definitive Wright reference book. His splendid descriptive volume covers more than 450 buildings designed by master architect Wright between 1886 and 1959. Storrer documents each structure with plans, drawings, photographs, and commentary. Each presentation is both complete and concise, following each stage of Wright's aesthetic development, each leap of his imagination, and each instance of technical innovation. The surprisingly fluid text includes anecdotes about the circumstances leading up to important commissions and pithy discussions of the personalities and motivations of Wright's often unusual clients. Storrer is not only a scholar and writer, but a computer draftsman and photographer as well. He has painstakingly redrawn floor plans to accurately reflect the layout of the actual buildings, as opposed to Wright's preconstruction drawings, and taken most of the 965 photographs. Storrer carefully composed each shot to capture the play of light and shadow Wright orchestrated for both the interior and the exterior of his unique creations. While Storrer's "companion" is not as coffee-table pretty as some of the other Wright books out this past year, it is an invaluable, enjoyable, and authoritative resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226776217
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
508
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

William Allin Storrer has written and lectured on Frank Lloyd Wright for thirty-five years. He is the author of The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, now in its third edition.

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