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GRADY GAMMAGE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM (1959 - S.432)
 
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BOOKS
 
Date: 1964

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium; Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright (Large Booklet) (Soft Cover)  (Published by Arizona state University, Tempe, AZ)

Author: Edited by: Smith, Dean

Description: Descriptive booklet for the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright. "They had walked the length and breadth of the campus that warm May afternoon in 1957, seeking a site for a university auditorium that was as yet only an improbable dream... Mr. Wright studied the grassy area in momentary silence, noting its circular frontage bounded by a busy highway, and then declared: ‘I believe this is the site. The structure should be circular in design - yes, and with outstretched arms saying "Welcome to Arizona!" ‘ ".  Includes large printed envelope booklet was shipped in. (First Edition)  (Sweeney 1569)

Size: 11 x 11.5

Pages: Pp 36

S#: 1569.00.0502

   
GammageMemAud 1.jpg (49712 bytes) Date: 1964

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium; Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright (Small Booklet)

Description: (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 5

S#: 1569.02.0401

   
Date: 1970

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium Designed By Frank Lloyd Wright (Soft Cover) (Published by Arizona state University, Tempe, AZ)

Author: Edited by: Smith, Dean

Description: Revised edition of the same sized booklet produced in 1964 (S#1569). Includes some of the same sections and photographs, but completely revised and updated. "They had walked the length and breadth of the campus that warm May afternoon in 1957, seeking a site for a university auditorium that was as yet only an improbable dream... Mr. Wright studied the grassy area in momentary silence, noting its circular frontage bounded by a busy highway, and then declared: ‘I believe this is the site. The structure should be circular in design - yes, and with outstretched arms saying "Welcome to Arizona!" ‘ ". (First Edition)  (Sweeney 1813)

Size: 11 x 11.5

Pages: Pp 36

S#: 1813.00.0612

   
   
   
PHOTOGRAPHS
 
Date: 1959

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432), circa 1959.

Description: Grady Gammage (left) and Frank Lloyd Wright (right) review drawing of the Auditorium. According to ASU, Wright and Gammage walked the length and breadth of the campus that warm May afternoon in 1957, seeking a site for a university auditorium that was as yet only an improbable dream... Mr. Wright studied the grassy area in momentary silence, noting its circular frontage bounded by a busy highway, and then declared: "I believe this is the site. The structure should be circular in design - yes, and with outstretched arms saying 'Welcome to Arizona!' " Frank Lloyd Wright celebrated his 90th birthday on June 8, 1957, 125 guests toasted Wright as he spoke of his commission to design the Bagdad cultural center and opera house for King Faisal in Iraq. Wright had received the commission in January 1957, and while in Santa Barbara, CA announced that he would be traveling to Iraq in May. On July 14, 1958, King Faisal was assassinate, ending the commission. Sometime after the assassination of King Faisal in July, 1958, Wright made the decision the utilize the Bagdad design for the ASU Auditorium. The Foundation dates Wright’s design of the Auditorium to 1959. After Wright’s death in April 1959, the Universities’ Board of Regency voted on April 30, 1960 to retain the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, under the direction of William Wesley Peters.

Size: 10 x 5.75 B&W photograph.

S#: 1377.68.0714

   
Date: 1963

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432), circa 1963.

Description: Viewed from the Northeast, the auditorium is on the left, stage on the right. Steel framework is in progress. After Wright’s death in April 1959, the Universities’ Board of Regency voted on April 30, 1960 to retain the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, under the direction of William Wesley Peters. After the final plans and specifications were approved, the Regents called for bids and awarded the construction contract on May 19, 1962. It took 25 months to complete at a cost of $2.46 million. ASU celebrated its grand opening on September 18, 1964.

Size: 10 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#: 1565.41.0714

   
Date: 1963

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432), circa 1963.

Description: Viewed from the auditorium looking down the ramp toward the East. Steel framework is in progress. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. The arched ramp light poles intersect and support the ramp. After the final plans and specifications were approved, the Regents called for bids and awarded the construction contract on May 19, 1962. It took 25 months to complete at a cost of $2.46 million. ASU celebrated its grand opening on September 18, 1964.

Size: 10 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#: 1565.42.0714

   
Date: 1964

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432), 1964.

Description: Mrs. Wright seated in the auditorium. After Wright’s death in April 1959, the Universities’ Board of Regency voted on April 30, 1960 to retain the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, under the direction of William Wesley Peters. On April 20, 1961, the contract was signed. Construction began on May 23, 1962. It took 25 months to complete at a cost of $2.46 million. ASU celebrated its grand opening on September 18, 1964. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. The auditorium seats just over 3,000 people. Photographed during the opening ceremonies in September 1964.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1596.44.0716

   
Date: 1964

Title: 3) Gammage Memorial Auditorium. 

Description: Designed in 1959, built in 1962-64.  Storrer #432. 

Size: 2.25 x 2.25 transparency.

S#: 1565.06.0606

 

 

(Close up)

   
Date: 2004

Title: 3) Gammage Memorial Auditorium. 

Description: Designed in 1959, built in 1962-64.  Storrer #432. 

Size:

ST#: 2004.21.0606

   
Date: 1964

Title: 4) Gammage Memorial Auditorium. 

Description: Designed in 1959, built in 1962-64.  Storrer #432. 

Size: 2.25 x 2.25 transparency.

S#: 1565.07.0606

   
Date: 2004

Title: 4) Gammage Memorial Auditorium. 

Description: Designed in 1959, built in 1962-64.  Storrer #432. 

Size:

ST#: 2004.22.0606

   
   
   
POSTCARDS
 
Date: Circa 1964

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Description: "Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. The last large design of Frank Lloyd Wright produced a fine arts center which commands notice from the world. Completely circular in design, with two-level pedestrian bridges extending two hundred feet from either side, this magnificent view illustrates the success of the designer’s hope that the structure would seem to say ‘Welcome to Arizona’." "Color Photo by Bob Petley." Pub. And Distributed by Petley Studios, Phoenix, Arizona. #PH-3. (Constructed between 1962-1964, and opened in 1964 the building is named for Dr. Grady Gammage.)

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 1596.16.0110

Date: 1965

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Description: “Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. Last large design of Frank Lloyd Wright. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona is the proud home of this most imposing and fascinating piece of construction in the State of Arizona. The auditorium seats 3000 in long, wide-spaced arcs of seats unbroken by aisles, and provides excellent acoustics conditions throughout.  It will serve the university and community as concert hall, opera, and drama theater.” “Agfachrome Photo by Bob Petley.” Pub. by Petley Studios, 4051 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona. #79498. (Constructed between 1962-1964, and opened in 1964 the building is named for Dr. Grady Gammage.)

Size: 5.3 x 3.5.

S#: 1596.13.1208

   
Date: Circa 1966

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Description: “Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium.  Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.  The last large design of Frank Lloyd Wright produced a fine arts center which commands notice from the world.  Completely circular in design, with two-level pedestrian bridges extending two hundred feet from either side, this magnificent view illustrates the success of the designer’s hope that the structure would seem to say ‘Welcome to Arizona’.”  ASU Photograph by John Pilch.  (Pilch, Richard R. 1967-1996, Physical Education Faculty)  Published by Petley Studios, 4051 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona. #79905.  (Published late 60's)  (Constructed in 1964, the building is named for Dr. Grady Gammage.)  (Note: Have verified a P.M. dated Feb. 1966.)

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 1846.05.0207

   
Date: Circa 1971

Title: Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium Aerial

Description: Front: "Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona". Back: "Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Aerial view of Tempe and the Arizona State University Campus. The beautiful Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is in the center of the view. To the right of "A" Mountain in the background is the Sundevil Stadium packed with football fans, watching the post season ‘Fiesta Bowl’ game. Aerial photo by Bob Petley." Published by Petley Studios, 4051 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona. #P301519. Plastichrome(R) (Constructed between 1962-1964, and opened in 1964 the building is named for Dr. Grady Gammage.) (The Fiesta Bowl was first played at the Sundevil Stadium in 1971 and continued there until 2006. ASU played in five of the first seven Fiesta Bowls. The round ASU Music Building (to the left of the Auditorium) was designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and completed in 1971.)

Size: 6 x 4

S#: 1867.06.0410

   
   
   
GRADY GAMMAGE 2004
Set of 31 photographs 2004, Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432). A Symphony for the Eyes. As Frank Lloyd Wright celebrated his 90th birthday on June 8, 1957, 125 guests toasted Wright as he spoke of his commission to design the Bagdad cultural center and opera house for King Faisal in Iraq. Wright had received the commission in January 1957, and while in Santa Barbara, CA announced that he would be traveling to Iraq in May. On July 14, 1958, King Faisal was assassinate, ending the commission. According to ASU, Wright and Gammage walked the length and breadth of the campus that warm May afternoon in 1957, seeking a site for a university auditorium that was as yet only an improbable dream... Mr. Wright studied the grassy area in momentary silence, noting its circular frontage bounded by a busy highway, and then declared: "I believe this is the site. The   structure should be circular in design - yes, and with outstretched arms saying 'Welcome to Arizona!' " The Foundation dates Wright’s design of the Auditorium to 1959. After Wright’s death in April 1959, the Universities’ Board of Regency voted on April 30, 1960 to retain the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, under the direction of William Wesley Peters. On April 20, 1961, the contract was signed. Construction began on May 23, 1962. It took 25 months to complete at a cost of $2.46 million. ASU celebrated its grand opening on September 18, 1964. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof. Twin ramps extending 200 feet from the north and east sides. The auditorium seats just over 3,000 people. This set of 31 images was photograph on April 26, 2004 by Douglas M. Steiner.
     
Bagdad cultural center and opera house. As Frank Lloyd Wright celebrated his 90th birthday on June 8, 1957, 125 guests toasted Wright as he spoke of his commission to design the Bagdad cultural center and opera house for King Faisal in Iraq. Wright had received the commission in January 1957, and while in Santa Barbara, CA announced that he would be traveling to Iraq in May. On July 14, 1958, King Faisal was assassinate, ending the commission. Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
 
1) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the Southwest. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, it open on September 18, 1964. Circular in design, circles are numerously repeated throughout the plan. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof. Twin ramps extending 200 feet from the north and east sides. The auditorium seats just over 3,000 people. (ST#2004.39.0714-1)
 
2) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the Southwest. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, it open on September 18, 1964. Circular in design, circles are numerously repeated throughout the plan. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof. Ramps extending 200 feet from the north and east sides. The North ramp can be seen on the left. The School of Music building, designed by William Wesley Peters and the Taliesin Architects, can be seen on the far left. The auditorium seats just over 3,000 people. (ST#2004.39.0714-2)
 
3) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the Southwest. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, it open on September 18, 1964. Circular in design, circles are numerously repeated throughout the plan. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof. Ramps extending 200 feet from the north and east sides. The East ramp can be seen on the right. The auditorium seats just over 3,000 people. (ST#2004.39.0714-3)
 
4) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the East. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, it open on September 18, 1964. Circular in design, circles are numerously repeated throughout the plan. It measures 300 by 250 feet by 80 feet high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof. The area between the columns and glass doors on the left is the colonnade. Through the glass doors is the foyer and the auditorium. (ST#2004.39.0714-4)
 
5) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Massive capitals link and repeat the circular motif and circle 75% of the auditorium. (ST#2004.39.0714-5)
 
6) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Massive capitals link and repeat the circular motif and circle 75% of the auditorium. The design of the capital is repeated on the back, and visible from the interior. (ST#2004.39.0714-6)
 
7) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Massive capitals link and repeat the circular motif and are supported by thin circular columns. The design of the capital is repeated on the back, and visible from the upper terrace promenade. (ST#2004.39.0714-7)
 
8) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Massive capitals link and repeat the circular motif and are supported by thin circular columns. The design of the capital is repeated on the back, and visible from the upper terrace promenade. (ST#2004.39.0714-8)
 
9) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Massive capitals link and repeat the circular motif and are supported by thin circular columns. The design of the capital is repeated on the back, and visible from the upper terrace promenade. (ST#2004.39.0714-9)
 
10) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the East. The ramp extending out 200 feet from the auditorium. 10 arched circular beams are joined at the top by a separate circular beam, each with a circular lamp. The arched ramp lights intersect and support the ramp. (ST#2004.39.0714-10)
 
11) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. The ramp extending out 200 feet from the auditorium. 10 arched circular beams are joined at the top by a separate circular beam, each with a circular lamp. The arched ramp lights intersect and support the ramp. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. (ST#2004.39.0714-11)
 
12) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. The ramp extending out 200 feet from the auditorium. 10 arched circular beams are joined at the top by a separate circular beam, each with a circular lamp. The arched ramp lights intersect and support the ramp. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. (ST#2004.39.0714-12)
 
13) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Detail of the arched ramp lights. (ST#2004.39.0714-13)
 
14) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. 10 arched circular beams are joined at the top by a separate circular beam, each with a circular lamp. The final gold arch intersects the glass window. (ST#2004.39.0714-14)
 

15) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Viewed from the Southeast. The smaller circular section intersects the Northeast side of the auditorium and houses the stage and classrooms. The exterior is covered in Roman brick, and is broken only by a thin row of half circular windows. (ST#2004.39.0714-15)

 

16) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Circular cantilevered roofs cover the second level balcony. (ST#2004.39.0714-16)

 

17) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. This rectangular section was not part of the original plan. (ST#2004.39.0714-17)

 

18) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Detail of the thin row of half circular windows. (ST#2004.39.0714-18)

 

19) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. This rectangular section was not part of the original plan. (ST#2004.39.0714-19)

 

20) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. View from the North. Detail of the second level balcony. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. Arched ramp lights intersect and support the ramp. Circular cantilevered roofs cover the second level balcony. (ST#2004.39.0714-20)

 
21) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Detail of the smaller circular section that intersects the Northeast side of the auditorium and houses the stage and classrooms. The exterior is covered in Roman brick, and is broken only by a thin row of half circular windows. (ST#2004.39.0714-21)
 

22) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Service ramp walls flow into circular piers. Sidewalk ends are circular. (ST#2004.39.0714-22)

 

23) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Sidewalks and plantings flow with the building. (ST#2004.39.0714-23)

 

24) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. The Northern ramp mimics the Eastern. The ramp extending out 200 feet from the auditorium. 10 arched circular beams are joined at the top by a separate circular beam, each with a circular lamp. The arched ramp lights intersect and support the ramp. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. (ST#2004.39.0714-24)

 

25) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Detail of the arched ramp lights. The School of Music building, designed by William Wesley Peters and the Taliesin Architects, can be seen in the background. (ST#2004.39.0714-25)

 

26) The School of Music building was designed by William Wesley Peters and the Taliesin Architects. Viewed from the South. The design mimics many of the elements of the Grady Gammage Auditorium. (ST#2004.39.0714-26)

 

27) The School of Music building was designed by William Wesley Peters and the Taliesin Architects. Viewed from the South. The design mimics many of the elements of the Grady Gammage Auditorium. (ST#2004.39.0714-27)

 

28) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Western fountain viewed from the ramp. (ST#2004.39.0714-28)

 

29) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. View of the ramp from the second level, looking North. The ramp splits and services the second and third levels. The arched ramp light poles intersect and support the ramp. Stairs lead to the lower level. (ST#2004.39.0714-29)

 

30) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. Door handles are formed by half circles. (ST#2004.39.0714-30)

 

31) Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (1959 - S.432) 2004. View of the interior carpet. Originally an plain orange/gold carpet, it was replaced with a carpet designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, first produced in 1955 by Schumacher, design Number 104. (ST#2004.39.0714-31)

 

Text and photographs copyright 2014, Douglas M. Steiner

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