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Wright/Martin/Little Loan Papers (1911-22) 1912 Midway Gardens Correspondence (1914-61) 1928 1943
Huntington Hartford Blue Prints (1948) 1950 1953 1955 Blumberg Correspondence (1955) Caraway (1955-58)
J. L. Smith Elevations Blueprint (1955) 1956 1957 1958 1960 1961 Monona Terrace Blueprints Bottom
YEAR DESCRIPTION ST# Frank Lloyd Wright / D. D. Martin / Francis W. Little Loan Papers
1) Frank Lloyd Wright, The Lost Years, 1910-1922. Page 72-73 including footnotes, Anthony Alofsin, 1988. Sub-chapter "Darwin Marin and Finances" goes into detail about these specific loans and his support of Frank Lloyd Wright. 2) Frank Lloyd Wright: A Visual Encyclopedia. Page 208, Iain Thomson, 1999. Francis W. Little was a client and dedicated collector of Japanese prints. Mr. Wright borrowed $10,000 from Little to buy the American rights to the Wasmuth Portfolios. Little held a portfolio of Wright's Japanese prints as collateral. 3) For additional information on these loans see Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography, Page 207-8. Meryle Secrest. 1992. 1911
1) March 10, 1911. This is a demand of payment by the Security National Bank of Minneapolis, of a Promissory note for $4,000 by Frank Lloyd Wright "Maker of said note". Evidently D. D. Martin and Francis W. Little guaranteed the loan, because their names are listed on this notarized collection notice. 1911.00.0501 1911
2) March 18, 1911. A check in the amount of $4,068.72 written by Francis W Little to "Myself", and given to D. D. Martin. This check satisfied the "demand for payment" (#1) shown above. This amount is the first entry on the 4/15/15 note shown below (#3). On the back of this check is written "Pay to the Order of The Security National Bank...", which is shown above. This check is signed and endorsed by Francis W Little's signature. 1911.01.0501 1915
3) April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 1). These two pages summarize the amount owed D. D. Martin. Frank Lloyd Wright to D. D. Martin, Dr. is written at the top with the date 4/15/15. Page 1 includes two loans. The first is in the amount of $24,435.49 including payments and interest incurred from March 20, 1911 through July 1, 1915. This includes two payments to Peabody, Houghtaling & Co. for a total of $6,000 and also a payment to Catherine Wright on Nov. 14, 1911 in the amount of $2,000. The second is a note dated May 1, 1912 in the amount of $4,760.00 including interest incurred from May 1, 1913 through July 1, 1915. 1915.00.0501 1915
4) April 15, 1915 Summary of debt (Page 2). Page 2 includes one more loan dated Nov. 15, 1910 in the amount of $2,500.00 (due six-months from date) including interest incurred from Nov 15, 1910 through July 1, 1915. There is a payment of Japanese Prints which leaves a balance of $1,724.40. There is a total balance owed on July 1, 1915 of $30,919.89 when you add up all three loans. This would indicate Little's ongoing support for Frank Lloyd Wright. There is a note on the back of page 2: "Papers in 4,000 loan on notes secured by Jap. prints." 1915.01.0501 1918
5) Notes for Loan #2. Interest owed on $4,000 from 5/1/13 to 2/21/18 in the amount of $1,395.29. 1918.01.0501 1918
6) Notes for Loan #3. Interest owed on $2,500 from 8/16/11 to 2/21/18 in the amount of $644.62. 1918.00.0501 1922
7) Notes for Loan #1 to D. D. Martin. Interest owed on $4,000 from 5/1/12 to 11/1/22 in the amount of $2,520 and interest owed on $1750 from 11/15/10 to 11/15/22 in the amount of $1260. 1922.00.0501 1912 1912
Negative: "The Larkin Factories. The Home of Larkin Idea. From Little Beginnings to Present Immensity." 8 x 10 duplicate negative of page 18-19, from “The home of The Larkin Idea”. (S#111.01) Negative is a duplicate, a seam is visible. Negative shows the entire Larkin Co complex. Same basic illustration as Larkin Co. Letterhead 1917 and Two Postcards (1908 & 1910).
0111.02.0404 Midway Gardens Correspondence (Fifteen Items, 21 sheets) These documents are discussed in “Frank Lloyd Wright, A Biography by Finis Farr” 1961, Pp 151-7; “Prairie School Review” Fourth Quarter 1965, Pp 5-20. 1914 1) Vintage carbon of request for remittance from Alfonso Iannelli’s “Secretary” to E. C. Waller, Jr. who commissioned Midway Gardens, dated August 5, 1914.
“Mr. Iannelli requested me to write you regarding the remittance of $400.00 you had agreed to send him some days ago.” 8.5 x 11.
0124.04.0407 1914 2) Vintage carbon of second request for remittance from Alfonso Iannelli to E. C. Waller, Jr. dated August 17, 1914.
“I have had no word from you in response to my letter of August 5th, asking that the long-promised remittance of $400.00 be sent me at once, as I was very much in need of the money.” 8.5 x 11.
0124.05.0407 1914 3) Unrelated, but included with the group of documents. Vintage carbon of letter from Alfonso Iannelli to John Lloyd Wright regarding Workingmann's Hotel sculptures, dated October 31, 1914. 8.5 x 11. 0124.06.0407 1914 4) Vintage carbon from Alfonso Iannelli to Harry F. Robinson (assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright) requesting "first cash payment", dated November 5, 1914.
“According to the agreement in the Midway Gardens Matter signed by Mr Iannelli, the first cash payment is due today, and we trust you will not overlook us. The total amount dew us, (according to your letter of Oct. 14th) is $350, and we shall be more than glad to receive a payment on account.” 8.5 x 11.
0124.07.0407 1915 5) Original Taliesin envelope with embossed red square addressed to Alfonso Iannelli from FLW(?), postmarked Chicago - January 21, 1915. Possibly included in this group of documents because it was the envelope in which payment was received, kept as a reminder that payment was received. (Note - Watermark: “Crane’s 1914 Japanese Linen”) 8.75 x 4.4. 0128.03.0407 1915 6) Vintage typescript of an original handwritten letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Alfonso Iannelli regarding a dispute over credit for the sculptures, dated May 17, 1915. In the May 1915 issue of “The International Studio” page 79-83, the caption under the photographs of Sprites reads “Sprites, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Executed by A. Jannelli”. The caption under the photograph of a mural reads “Designed and Executed by John Lloyd Wright”. In an earlier correspondence, Iannelli must have questioned the “mistake” in the caption. Wright responds by saying “The mistake was regarding John’s ‘designing’ the mural when he only put it on the wall, and neither of us knows how it happened to be printed as it was.”.
Wright defines “design”: “I think I will never have anyone working on my work where I do not give the idea and fashion the style of the work to my own feeling. I suppose this is designing it.” He goes on with a conciliatory attitude, attempting to smooth things: “But still there is something more left than executing it for painter and sculpture. I do not know what would be fair.
Perhaps you can suggest something.” In his defense, Wright says: “I shall never put myself in any position where I take to myself any credit for work not mine. So far the credits have all been going the other way and I intend to keep them going that way.”
But then Wright questions Iannelli’s integrity: “You know the disposition of the human animal is to inch in these matters and intellectual integrity among artists, when it comes to acknowledging their share in another’s work, is generally a figment of the optimistic brain. I hope you are not one of the type. I believe I have never yet “picked” another’s brains to my own advantage.” Wright finally ends on a conciliatory note: “With anticipation of pleasant times to come...”. 8.5 x 11.
0128.04.0407 1915 7) Vintage carbon of the second page of the response from Alfonso Iannelli to Frank Lloyd Wright. This letter is reprinted in part in “Frank Lloyd Wright, A Biography by Finis Farr” 1961, Pp 152-4.
In 1915, Iannelli would have been 27, Wright 46. Wright was much more established then Iannelli. Iannelli begins be saying “First - my profound respect for you as a great architect, and one to whom I owe much of my point of view, which to me is invaluable and beyond words of expression, and which I hope I shall not lose sight of in my analysis of this situation.” He argues that while Wright conceptualized the figures “... you suggested the idea of the geometric forms to be used in these groups. I designed these groups in pencil and showed them to you and you approved of them, and they were carried through hardly without a change.”
His solution is “... Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect - A. Iannelli, Sculpture...” “The one thing which is hard for me to understand, is that you above all others, should allow such a mistake or such a misunderstanding of the actual condition; and the part which hurts me the most is the terrible blow to my conception of you as a man, if this is true.”
0128.05.0407 1915 8) Five B&W photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's original letter and envelope to Alfonso Iannelli with thumbnail sketches of Midway Garden figures, postmarked May 26, 1915. This is one of the most revealing exchanges between a great architect and a brilliant sculptor. The "Sprites" for Midway Gardens are among the earliest cubist-constuctivist sculptures in the U.S., predating or coinciding with the Amory Show, which traveled from New York to Chicago in 1913.
Wright begins “...but my work went a little further than you now imagine or suggest. ...it was my suggestion and a thing I have tried to do many times before and long ago - a desire intensified by my visit to Metzner - a desire I worked at with Bock as he knows - a desire which is imperfectly attained in the present figures - an old motif of mine which I suggested to you and helped you by criticism to realize upon - to a certain extent. I am not satisfied yet with that ‘extent’. In these cases, I understand the nature of creative impulses, these works were certainly ‘designed’ by me - they were more than executed by you.” In Wright’s thinking as an architect, the analogy might be that he designs the house or structure, then the draftsman and engineers create the blue prints, and the contractor builds the building. But the design and concept is the architects.
Wright explains it this way, “I would have arrived at something just the same so far as ‘designs’ went had you remained in Los Angeles, but not so sympathetic in detail or so successful in expression. The ‘ideas’ I repeat are mine - their ‘expression’ yours. I think these are the facts. Beethoven wrote the piece we’ll say - Paderewski played it.
Wright comes to the same conclusion that Iannelli first suggested, “I think that Wright, Architect- Iannelli, Sculptor - is the nearest to a solution.”
Note: Iannelli’s response to Wright is printed on pages 154-6 “Frank Lloyd Wright, A Biography by Finis Farr” 1961. According to Farr, page 157, Wright does not respond and Iannelli lets the matter drop. “Needless to say Wright never again offered to collaborate with Alfonso Iannelli.” 8.5 x 8.5.
0128.06.0407 1915 9) Original typescript of the above letter (#8) dated May 26, 1915. Two sheets 8.5 x 11. 0128.07.0407 1955 15) Photocopy of article on Dawn Manor, site of Midway Garden Sprites. (Circa 1955) “Around Dawn Manor cluster many memories of Mrs. Raab’s good friend, Frank Lloyd Wright. Among the flowers beside the drive stand five statues of laughing girls. These charming figures were cast in cement by Mr. Wright, the first person ever to sculpture in cement. They are of his daughter-in-law, and twelve of them were originally made for decorations in Midway Gardens of Chicago. Later they were purchased by Mrs. Raab, who gave half of them to Mr. Wright for his Theater at Taliesin.” 8.5 x 11. 1092.16.0407 1960 10) Vintage carbon of letter from Alfonso Iannelli to John Lloyd Wright relating to the discussions Iannelli had with his father in the letters above numbers 6 (May 17, 1915), 7, 8 & 9 (May 26, 1915), dated November 15, 1960.
“Did you see the article which appears in the Architectural Record, October 1960, on your father’s work and the references to my part on the Midway Gardens? It seems that a similar one appeared in the Horizon Magazine September, 1960. Barry called it to my attention and thought it would be well for us to advise these publications on the corrections to be made. Coming from us - what do you think?” After 45 years, Iannelli is still bothered by not receiving what he feels is credit for the work he did on the Midway Garden sprites. 8.5 x 8.5.
1458.21.0407 1960 11) Two page vintage carbon of letter from Alfonso Iannelli to James Marston Fitch, Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia University, concerning the article he wrote in Horizon Magazine, September, 1960. Once again regarding Midway Gardens and the credit of the sculptures), dated November 22, 1960.
“This matter of who contributed what, was the subject of four or five letters between Mr. Wright and me immediately after the first publication of article on the Midway Gardens in “The International Studio” issue May 1915. ‘Designed by F.L. Wright - Executed by A. Ianelli.’ ...Wright states ‘I think that Wright - Architect, Iannelli - Sculptor, is nearest to a solution. I should have put is so, were it left to me.” Two sheets. 8.5 x 11.
1458.22.0407 1960 12) Iannelli Studios envelope that contained this set of original letters. (Circa 1960) 11.75 x 8.8. 1458.23.0407 1961 14) Vintage carbon of letter from Alfonso Iannelli to historian James Marston Fitch, dated April 25, 1961, one day after the exhibition started. “Enclosed is catalogue of the exhibit on the Midway Gardens.” His endeavor to bolster his position. 8.5 x 11. 1526.09.0407 1928 1928
Wedding announcement of Frank Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Wright, at Rancho Santa Fe, California, 25 August 1928. “Iovanna. Married, August 25, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Olga Ivanovna, Daughter of Ivan Lazovich and Militza Milan of Gettinje Montenegro, To Frank Lloyd Wright, Son of Anna Lloyd-Jones and William Cary Wright, Taliesin, Wisconsin, 1928.”
Designed and calligraphed by Wright, then photographically printed on vellum or rice paper and laminated to buff-colored card stock. A portrait of their daughter Iovanna Wright at upper left; one portion hand-colored in red (4.5 x 5.5"). Olga and Frank were married on August 25, 1928 at midnight in Rancho Santa Fe near La Jolla. The ceremony was held one year to the day after Wright’s divorce from Miriam Noel Wright, and almost three years after his and Olgivanna’s daughter (shown in the hexagonal portrait) was born out of wedlock. They honeymooned in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel.
A book was purchased from the daughter of the Melvyn Maxwell Smith Residence (S.287 1946) designed by Wright in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The invitation was in the book.
Published in “Many Masks” Gill, 1987, page 301; “Frank Lloyd Wright A Biography” Secrest 1992, page 321; “Frank Lloyd Wright, The Interactive Portfolio” Stipe 2004, page 49 (Facsimile in sleeve); "Frank Lloyd Wright, Complete Works 1917-1942" Pfeiffer 2010, page 181.
0215.01.1106 1943 1943
Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mary Fritz and Francis Caraway 1943. "Dear Mary and Francis: Your bread and cookies are just as good as ever and hope you all are too." (Signed) "F. LL. W." "Frank Lloyd Wright. January 2nd, 1943." Envelope is addressed to: "Mary Fritz, Francis Caraway, Hyde, Ridgeway, Wisconsin." Postmarked "Spring Green. Jan 4 1943." We surmise that Mary and Francis must have attended a Taliesin holiday function, Christmas or New Years, brought bread and cookies to the function, and Wright was sending them a thank you. Note: Hyde is about 9 miles from Taliesin. Herbert Fritz Sr. was one of the early draftsman who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913 in Spring Green, and was one of two that survived the fire at Taliesin in 1914, killing seven including Mamah Cheney and her two children. Herb married Mary Olava Larson, Wright’s stonemason’s daughter. Their son was Herb Fritz Jr. (1915-1998), also an apprentice with Wright in from 1937-1941. Their daughter, Frances Fritz, married another Taliesin Fellow, Jesse Claude (Cary) Caraway. Herbert Jr. Married Eloise, their daughter Barbara married another Taliesin fellow, Jim Dresser. Letterhead: 11 x 8.5. Envelope: 8.9 x 3.9. 0595.07.0517
Huntington Hartford Cottage Group Center Original Blueprints, Scheme II (Project 1948) 1948 Set of 10 original blueprints for the Huntington Hartford Cottage Group Center, Scheme II (Project). Huntington Hartford was born into one of the wealthiest families in the United States on April 18, 1911. His grandfather, founded the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in 1859. At the age of 12, he inherited $90 million, the equivalent of nearly $1.25 billion in today's dollars. In 1942 Huntington Hartford purchased a 160 acres estate in the Hollywood Hills. In 1947 he commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a resort for the property which developed into five projects. 1. Cottage Group Center, Scheme I (4721); 2. Huntington Hartford House (4724); 3. Sports Club and Play Resort (4731); 4. The Stables (4737); and in January, 1948, 5. Cottage Group Hotel Scheme II (4837). Assisting Wright with the project as the landscape architect was Lloyd Wright, his son who had offices in Hollywood. Wright presented plans for the projects in October 1947. The hotel-resort was for members only, and designed to accommodate 130 guests. Wright placed the cottage units on the western slopes of the canyon and named it the Cottage Group Center, because of the nature of the cottage groupings rather than a single hotel building. Three months later, in January 1948, Wright... Continue... See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 1948
Sheet 1) Huntington Hartford Resort Complex, Original Position (Project). Birds-eye view of the canyon toward the Southwest. Text bottom left: "Original Position." One of the two view points can be seen in the foreground on the left. A bridge can be seen on the top left. The Sports Club and Play Resort can be seen in the background on the right, on the Eastern ridge. The sports complex included swimming, tennis, saunas, dining, dancing, a cinema, balconies, terraces and an apartment for Hartford and his guests. Original 27" x 13" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -1 1948
Sheet 2) Huntington Hartford Birds-Eye View Scheme II (Project). Viewed from the Southwest. Text: "Alternate. Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Box bottom right appears to be dated "Jan 30, 48." The Sports Club and Play Resort can be seen in the upper left corner on the Western ridge. The sports complex included swimming, tennis, saunas, dining, dancing, a cinema, balconies, terraces and an apartment for Hartford and his guests. The entrance to the Cottage Group Center can be seen on the bottom right. The main portion of the complex included the registration and lobby, offices, lounge, dining pavilion, café, sun terraces, patios and gardens. Original 36" x 45.75" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -2 1948
Sheet 3) Huntington Hartford Entrance View Scheme II (Project). Viewed from the South. Text: "View From Entrance Drive. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Frank Lloyd Wright originally presented the plans for the Cottage Group Center Scheme I, in October, 1947. Three months later, in January 1948, Wright totally revised the plans with Scheme II. The major difference was moving the whole complex from the West side of the canyon to the East side. Wright reasoned that morning sun cast on the western slopes would give the guests a more agreeable view of the opposite side of the canyon in the morning. As you enter the property, you pass through a set of Wright designed gates. Wright also moved the Sports Club from the East ridge to the West ridge which can be seen on the top left corner. This design retained the cottage concept as in the first, thus The Cottage Group Center. These cottages were terraced on the canyon hillside and included cantilevered terraces and gardens, bedrooms, sitting rooms and kitchenettes. The main portion of the complex included the registration and lobby, offices, lounge, dining pavilion, café, sun terraces, patios and gardens. Wright transformed the eastern side of the canyon... Continue... See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -3 1948
Sheet 4) Huntington Hartford Plan at 565, Scheme II (Project). Automobile entrance. Text: "Plan at 565. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Level 565 is the automobile entrance. As you enter the property, you cross a bridge over a pool that is on both sides of the road. As you pull forward, you drive under a large terrace that stretches over the road. The entrance leads to the lobby, clerk’s deck, vault and manager’s office. There are areas of plantings, that are open above. From the lobby, elevators and stairs lead to level 575. Driving forward leads to underground garage as well as addition outdoor parking. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Plantings at this level includes: Palms, magnolia and acacia. The line for Cross Section "A - A" cut through the road and managers office at this level. "C - C" cuts through the entrance and lower lobby. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -4 1948
Sheet 5) Huntington Hartford Plan at 575, Scheme II (Project). Main lounge. Text: "Plan at 575. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." The main lounge is on this level, and Wright labels it Living Room which includes built-in seating and two fireplaces. It opens to an outdoor lounge that covers the drive below. There are built-in planting boxes. Stairs on the east side lead to the open landscape. To the North of the living room are washrooms, storage and the upper garage, with ramps that lead to the lower garage below. From the Living Room, a walkway leads to the south wing which includes three cottages. Cottage Type (1), there are two, includes a sitting room with built-in seating and fireplace, an outdoor terrace, one bedroom, kitchen, a built-in dining table, and a bath. The larger Cottage Type (3) includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms, each with their own bath, kitchen and a built-in dining table. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Plantings at this level include: Palms, plum, avocado, walnut, acacia, bay, pine, broadleaf, grapefruit, laurel and bamboo. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -5 1948
Sheet 6) Huntington Hartford Plan at 585, Scheme II (Project). Dining Pavilion. Text: "Plan at 585. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Above the living room (main lounge), is the "upper part of the Living Room" and has two fireplaces. Just to the north is the cocktail lounge and bar. Continuing north is a sun gallery and the kitchen. The ceiling is covered with triangular skylights. Next is the hexagonal-shaped dining pavilion. Taking a few steps up to a raised level is an area with a fireplace. The dining room looks out at a water cascade. To the South of the upper living room a passageway leads to terraced garden, then on to a larger Cottage Type (3) which includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms, each with their own bath, kitchen and a built-in dining table. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -6 1948
Sheet 7) Huntington Hartford Plan at 595, Scheme II (Project). Patio. Text: "Plan at 595. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Above the living room is a patio labeled "upper part of the Living Room." To the North is the glass and copper top over the dining pavilion, as well as employee rooms and a small sitting room. At the Southern end of this plan is another large three bedroom Cottage Type (3). The layout of this three bedroom cottage differs from the two on the lower levels, but still includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms, each with their own bath, kitchen and a built-in dining table. It is reached by stairs from levels 585 and 605. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -7 1948
Sheet 8) Huntington Hartford Plan at 605, Scheme II (Project). Open Patio and bedrooms. Text: "Plan at 605. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." Above the living room is an open patio labeled "upper part of the Living Room," and includes planned plantings on the roof. To the North is a single bedroom and bath, and a long terrace garden over the employee bedrooms below. To the South are eight guest rooms with fireplaces, and bathrooms. At the Southern end of this plan is another large three bedroom Cottage Type (3). The layout of this three bedroom cottage differs from the two on the lower levels, but still includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms, each with their own bath, kitchen and a built-in dining table. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -8 1948
Sheet 9) Huntington Hartford Plan at 615, Scheme II (Project). Upper Level. Text: "Plan at 615. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." The upper level provides additional cottages on the North and South, with Guest Bedrooms in the center. The roof above the lower "Living Room" is planted as a large Terrace Garden with a large irregular hexagon open to the patio below. To the North are three large three-bedroom Cottages Type (2). The layout of these three bedroom cottages differ from those on the lower levels. They includes a sitting room with a fireplace, an outdoor terrace, three bedrooms, each with their own bath, kitchen and a built-in dining table. The larger bedroom includes a fireplace. The five Guest Bedrooms located just next to the Living Room roof, are reached by stairs from the lower level. Each of the bedrooms include a bath and fireplace. This level of bedrooms are stepped back, so that the roof of the lower bedrooms provide a "Terrace Garden over Lower Bedrooms." Two the South are two one-bedroom cottages. Each has a sitting room and fireplace, kitchen, bedroom and bath. One has a built in dining table. Both are surrounded by lush plantings and terraces. The plan is laid out utilizing an equilateral triangle grid pattern. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -9 1948
Sheet 10) Huntington Hartford Cross Sections, Scheme II (Project). Text: "Sections. Cottage Group Center. For Huntington Hartford. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Lloyd Wright Associate." This plan shows five cross sections, "A - A" through "E - E." A - A is on the top left, C - C is on the top right, E - E is in the center, D - D is on the bottom left, and B - B is on the bottom right. On the plans, the cross sections run from North to South: B - B; C - C; A - A in the center; E - E; D - D on the South. Of interest is B - B, the cross section of the of the Dining Room. Wright has added a spire rising from the roof made of glass and copper. There is also evidence of a water feature that cascades from the North to the South. It begins on the North by the Dining Pavilion and runs to the South, ending in the Pool at the Entrance. Original 36" x 36.5" blueprint. See Wright Study: Hartford Resort (Project 1948) 0746.20.0215 -10
Philip B. Welch 1950. Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Peter B. Welch, March 16th, 1950. "Mr. Peter B. Welch. General Delivery. Carmel. California. Dear Peter Welch: There is no room for a family in the Fellowship at this time and not likely to be for some years. Very Sorry - Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright (Signed), Frank Lloyd Wright . March 16th, 1950." Envelope: "Mr. Peter B. Welch. General Delivery. Carmel. California." Welch did go on to work with Wright, and became close friends with Bruce Goff (1904 - 1982). In 1996 he published "Goff on Goff: Conversations and Lectures." University of Oklahoma Press. Edited and with an introduction by Peter B. Welch. Page 3: "My interest in Bruce Goff began in 1948, when an article about his work, "Pride of the Prairie," appeared in Architectural Forum. I wrote him in 1950 and met him shortly there after, beginning in association the continued through many years... When I first met Goff, in 1950, I had graduated in architecture from Stanford and was working for Frank Lloyd Wright..." Page 6: "...when I decided to become an architect, I recalled Cheney‘s book (New World Architecture). Within two weeks of my decision to become an architect, I was at Taliesin West speaking with Frank Lloyd Wright... This was March 1947. I had enrolled in the architecture... Continue... 0831.66.1117 1950
Transcript: "Beauty". Frank Lloyd Wright. Original vintage typescript for an address read to the Taliesin Fellowship following a Sunday Breakfast, June 11, 1950 (taken from notes jotted down the preceding evening). Two Pages. Authenticity Kelmscott Gallery. Purchased from the William Wesley Peters estate. This was published in Frank Lloyd Wright: Collected Writings, Volume 5, page 23. 0800.01.0404 1953 1953
Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mark Peisch, Columbia University 1953. Typed and signed letter from Frank Lloyd Wright on Taliesin West stationery with the original envelope. "Mr. Mark L. Peisch, Foreign Student Advisor, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York 27, N. Y. My dear Mr. Peisch: Walter Burley Griffin was employed by me in the Oak Park Studio for about six years. (about 1893 to 1899 - (not sure)). It was all the education in Architecture he received so far as I know. His wife, Marian was also there with me for eleven years. Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright, February 21, 1953." Note: After graduation from the University of Illinois in 1899, Griffin worked as a draftsman in the office of Dwight Perkins, Robert C. Spencer, Jr., and H. Webster Tomlinson in Chicago. He then went to work in Wright’s Studio in Oak Park from 1901 to 1905. He then opened his own practice. Biography from Columbia University: Mark Lyons Peisch (b. 1921) received his B.A. in History and History of Art from Dartmouth College in 1944. At Dartmouth, he was introduced by Professor Hugh Morrison, noted scholar of Louis Sullivan, to the work of Chicago School architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Peisch taught briefly at Dartmouth in 1947 before entering Columbia University... Continue... 0987.92.0917 1955 1955 "The Frank Lloyd Wright Testimonial Dinner Invitation." To Mr. Lawrence Tibbett. February 10, 1955. In 1954 the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Wright owed $10,000 in back taxes on Taliesin. For years he had argued that Taliesin was primarily a school and therefore tax exempt. He was so mad he threatened to destroy Taliesin and move from the state. Cary Caraway, a former apprentice suggested that Wright’s friends express their appreciation and take up a collection. Mary Lescohier and Helen Groves made it happen. 380 supporters gathered in the Great Hall of the U.W. Memorial Union for a tribute. Wright took the opportunity to display the new Monona Terrace model. At the end of the program, he received a check for $10.000. "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace", p 140. Lawrence Tibbett was the lead baritone with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1923 to 1950. In 1942 Wright wrote a letter to Tibbett who was living at the Savoy Plaza in New York City Wright at the time. He asked the singer to "call upon his daughter" Iovanna who was living in New York at the time. Invitation and Savoy Plaza letterhead. Invitation was within a book that we acquired. 5.5 x 3.25. 1092.38.1010 1955 Blumberg Correspondence - 3 letters, Contract, 6 photos Correspondence for project never completed. Includes 3 letters dated May 2, Sept 20 and Oct 4, 1955. The third signed by Wright. Also includes a contract dated September 20 and six photos of the plans and drawings. The conclusion is that negotiations fell apart, as Mr. Wright says "I guess I am to blame". See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1955 Blumberg Correspondence: Letter dated May 2nd, 1955. In response to Mel Blumberg, inviting him to Spring Green. Signed by Eugene Masselink. On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope with Phoenix Postmark. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton Tobacco, Candy and Supply Company, 59 Main Avenue, Clinton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Blumberg: You are right (although the word "overtaxed" has a more than normally unpleasant ring) we are en route Wisconsin and Mr. Wright will be there after May 15th. You are welcome to come to see him if a mutually convenient time can be arranged. You could telephone us there at Spring Green 9248. Sincerely, Eugene Masselink (Signed), Secretary to Frank Lloyd Wright. May 2nd, 1955." 11 x 8.5. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.21.0303 1955 Envelope: Taliesin West Phoenix, Arizona. Postmarked Phoenix, Ariz. May 4, 1955. "via air mail. Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton Tobacco, Candy and Supply Company, 59 Main Avenue, Clinton, Iowa." 9.5 x 4.125. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.22.0303 1955
Blumberg Correspondence: Letter dated September 20th, 1955. In response to Mel Blumberg, "...happy to hear your enthusiastic reaction to your sketches. We shall expect to see you here on the afternoon of October 1st". Signed by Eugene Masselink. On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope with Madison Postmark. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Blumberg: We were happy to hear your enthusiastic reaction to your sketches - yours and Mrs. Blumberg’s. We shall expect to see you here on the afternoon of October 1st - unless anything unforseen arises in which case I shall contact you at once. Sincerely, Eugene Masselink (Signed), Secretary to Frank Lloyd Wright. September 20th, 1955." 11 x 8.5. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.23.0303 1955
Blumberg Correspondence: Frank Lloyd Wright Contract dated September 20th, 1955. 5% of $25,000.00, proposed cost of house... $1,250.00. "To Mr. Mel R. Blumberg: On account for Preliminary Sketches according to terms above: 5% of $25,000.00, proposed cost of house... $1,250.00. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, Taliesin: Spring Green: Wisconsin: September 20th, 1955." 11 x 8.5. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.24.0303 1955 Envelope: Taliesin - Spring Green, Wisconsin. Postmarked Madison, Wis. Sep. 22, 1955. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa." 9.5 x 4.125. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.25.0303 1955
Blumberg Correspondence: Letter dated October 4th, 1955. In response to Mel Blumberg, Sometime between receipt of the letter dated September 20th and this letter from Mr. Wright, negotiations broke down. "Dear Blumberg: I guess I am to blame. I remember telling you that the only thing we could do for you was the "one room" (so-called) Usonian Automatic which we can show you if you come to see it." Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright. On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope with Madison Postmark. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Blumberg: I guess I am to blame. I remember telling you that the only thing we could do for you was the "one room" (so-called) Usonian Automatic which we can show you if you come to see it. Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright (Signed), October 4th, 1955." 11 x 8.5. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.26.0303 1955 Envelope: Taliesin - Spring Green, Wisconsin. Postmarked Madison, Wis. Oct. 5, 1955. "Mr. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa." 9.5 x 4.125. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.27.0303 1955 Blumberg Correspondence: Three photos of the drawing of the home. House for Mr. and Mrs. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. View from southeast. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Photographs of the Preliminary illustration of the home. Usonian Automatic concrete block design. Very similar to the Kalil residence built in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1955. (S.387). Three Polacolor (Polaroid) photographs, images flipped horizontally. 4.25 x 3.375. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.28.0303 1092.29.0303 1092.30.0303 1955 Blumberg Correspondence: Three photos of the plan of the home. House for Mr. and Mrs. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Floor plan. Photographs of the Preliminary floor plan of the home. Usonian Automatic concrete block design. Three Polacolor (Polaroid) photographs, images flipped horizontally. 4.25 x 3.375. See Wright Study: Blumberg Residence, Clinton, Iowa (1955) (Project) 1092.31.0303 1092.32.0303 1092.33.0303 Caraway Correspondence 1955-56 Caraway Correspondence 1955. Seven pieces of correspondence to and from Cary Caraway related to Movie rights about Frank Lloyd Wright. March 11, 1955 - June 7, 1955. 1955
1) Letter: March 11, 1955. Original letter to Mr. Cary Caraway from Rodney J. Griffiths. "Now in regard to the possibility of giving the funds of financial start by selling moving (sic) rights to the Frank Lloyd Wright story... Milton Krantz, my informant, said that it is always well to ask the party (in this case, Mr. Wright) to put a provision in his will mentioning said contract. He did not explain it other than to say that it supports creditors and can be done to preclude probate. The usual step is then to commission a writer to collaborate and then get the story in the script form. This will cost anywhere from $5,000.00 to $15,000.00 and the top writers and agency insist on some small percentage (or maybe it is a big percentage; I don’t know)..." Signed "Rod." Two original, stapled pages 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (1) 1955
2) Letter: April 19, 1955. To Mr. Wright from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "We have just received the Charter for the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. I hope this is the beginning of a perpetual endeavor that will give you and your work the assistance you so highly deserve. Our cause his noble and we go forth with high hope! So be it. As the first official act, I am enclosing two copies of an agreement concerning the motion picture we discussed. If you find them in the order would you please sign one copy... It was an honor to be able to come back to the place to which we owe so much. To visit with you and Mrs. Wright and to be in the environment which you have created is to become re-inspired and renewed. For this I am thankful." Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (2) 1955
3) Letter: April 19, 1955. To Mrs. Wright from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "It was indeed a privilege to visit you and Mr. Wright - your gracious hospitality is unmatched. Being again in the environment that gave me so much, brought back fond memories and renewed the will to do better. It was wonderful to see the new growth and good condition of Taliesin West. Your Sunday morning recording session was simply amazing - your intellectual banter with Mr. Wright was a delight. I am sure only a few realize the great importance of these recordings. Please do not relent - keep them going... We have just received the Charter for the Frank Lloyd Wright endowment fund - this, I hope, is the beginning of an endowment that will permit Taliesin and what it stands for to go on forever..." Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (3) 1955
4) "Contract with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation: April 22, 1955. "Contract With The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Granting Right to Use Copyrighted Book and Life Story for Talking Motion Picture Production. Agreement made this twenty-second day of April, 1955, between the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, near Spring Green, Wisconsin, hereinafter referred to as the party of the first part, and the Frank Lloyd Wright endowment fund of 29 South LaSalle Street, Chicago 3, Illinois, hereinafter referred to as the party of the second part, witnesses: Whereas, the party..." Two original, carbon copy stapled pages 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (4) 1955
5) Letter: June 9, 1955. To Mr. Norman Rose, American Broadcasting Station. From Rodney J Griffiths, Secretary-Treasurer, Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. "Thank you so much for your kind and gracious treatment of your Frank Lloyd Wright TV program last evening at 11 o'clock. My only regret is that I do not have a film and tape of your program to add to our keepsakes for the school at Spring Green, and in Arizona. As far as I know, you were the first reporter who stressed Mr. Wright as a great teacher rather than just a great personality. We, that know Mr. Wright so well, are much aware of the fact that his greatest contribution to the coming generations will be the result of his teachings..." Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (5) 1955
6) Form: December 14, 1955. US Treasury Department - Internal Revenue Service, Exemption Application. Three pages. Page 1, Front and Back: Exemption Application. Page 2: Carbon copy of Supplementary Statement, Form 1023 Exemption Application of Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. Additional information related to Numbers 7, 10, 11b, 12 & 13. Page 3: Carbon copy of Contact with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Granting Right to Use Copyrighted Book and Life Story for Talking Motion Picture Production. Three original, carbon copy stapled pages 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (6) 1955
7) Form: December 14, 1955. US Treasury Department - Internal Revenue Service, Exemption Application. Three photo copy pages. Page 1: Photo copy of the front of the Exemption Application. Page 2: Photo copy of the back of the Exemption Application. Page 3: Photo copy of Supplementary Statement, Form 1023 Exemption Application of Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. Additional information related to Numbers 7, 10, 11b, 12 & 13. Three original photo copies, stapled pages 8.5 x 11 1092.105.0817 (7) Caraway Correspondence 1955. Six pieces of correspondence to and from Cary Caraway related to Movie rights about Frank Lloyd Wright. July 2, 1955 - January 9, 1956. 1955
1) Letter: July 2, 1955. To Milton E. Pickman from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "Enclosed are a couple of items I thought might be of help. I will see if I can gather up a few more over the week-end at Taliesin and send them along to you. Also, I understand that the Burnham Library, which is located in the Art Institute of Chicago Building at Michigan and Adams, has an extensive collection on Mr. Wright... Mrs. Wright said she would like to see Sir Laurence Olivier do the part - Maybe he would be interested. I’m sure there is enough material for the story of Frank Lloyd Wright to make one of the greatest American epics yet if the right people become interested and devote their talents to it..." Milton E. Pickman was an American motion picture executive in Hollywood. Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.106.0817 (1) 1955
2) Telegram: September 6, 1955. To Cary Caraway from Milton E. Pickman. Original Western Union Telegram. "Beverly Hills Calif. Cary Caraway and Rodney Griffiths... Terrible sorry about the delay on Frank Lloyd Wright story but hope to have in your hand by next week fairly complete report of the activities and possibilities to date kindest regards - Milton Pckman (sic)." Original Western Union Telegram. 8 x 5.75 1092.106.0817 (2) 1955
3) Letter: September 7, 1955. To Milton E. Pickman from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "We received your telegram today and are, of course, anxious to hear of progress regarding our project. I am mailing you separately an old issue of ‘Time’ magazine which might be of interest to you. It would be timely if we could get the movie lined up soon so that screen writer could spend time with Mr. Wright in Wisconsin before he leaves for Arizona this fall. Then, by seeing Mr. Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona this winter, the writer should get the spirit of his story. By the way, his places in Wisconsin and Arizona would make magnificent screen sets. Mr. Wright is supposed to be on the TV program, ‘Meet The Press’, Sunday, September 11... The welfare of American architecture is in your hands - so give it your best!" Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.106.0817 (3) 1955
4) Letter: October 19, 1955. To Milton E. Pickman from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "Enclosed are three newspaper items I clipped today which I thought might be of interest to you. The approach to Darryl Zanuck seems to be a natural in-as-much as Mr. Wright thinks Twentieth-Century-Fox is best equipped to produce the movie, and Mrs. Wright would like to see Sir Lawrence Olivier portray Mr. Wright..." Original carbon copy 11 x 8.5 1092.106.0817 (4) 1955
5) Letter: November 16, 1955. To Harry Freedman from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "Mr. Griffith's informed me of your discussion regarding the thought of Van Helflin’s portraying the part of Frank Lloyd Wright in a movie of his life story. He also related your desire to have more information about the principal subject and asked me if I could help. There has been so much written about Mr. Wright by so many capable riders that I could get all the information you desire from the nearest library. I refer you to the following as a start.. I can also refer you to 325 other books and periodicals about Mr. Wright if the need arises..." Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.106.0817 (5) 1956
6) Letter: January 9, 1956. To Milton E. Pickman from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "This is to acknowledge your returning all of the material that Mr. Rodney Griffiths and I had given you for the use in your effort for promote the production of a motion picture of the life story of Frank Lloyd Wright. I am sorry that you were unable to get the production of this picture under way because we believe it will make a great one..." Original carbon copy 8.5 x 11 1092.106.0817 (6) Caraway Correspondence 1956. Twelve pieces of correspondence to and from Cary Caraway related to the Frank Lloyd Wright Day, Chicago, Illinois, October 16 - 18, 1956. August 16, 1956 - October 19, 1956. 1956
1) Letter: August 16, 1956. To Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago from Cary Caraway and Rodney J. Griffiths. Original carbon copy of the letter. "We intend to hold a day of honor for Frank Lloyd Wright on October 31, 1956, in Chicago. We were tremendously impressed with the Bernard Shaw celebration which your organization sponsored recently. The great success of this location, prompted us to make the following proposal... The purpose of Frank Lloyd Wright day is to pay tribute to Mr. Wright and to focus attention on the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund, which has been established to permanently endow the architectural school established by Mr. Wright at Taliesin." Original carbon copy 11 x 8.5 1147.83.1217 (1) 1956
2) Letter: August 17, 1956. To Cary Caraway from William Macdonald, and letter to Van Allen Bradley from William Macdonald.
A) Original letter to Cary Caraway from William Macdonald. "This round-robbin (sic) is rather dated, but it will at least supplies some background material. As is rather obvious, I have not done a great deal of work with the program as yet. My schedule is quite full until the 26th September when I shall have the necessary time... Roughly speaking, what I think would be best in terms of a program is one which has the conversation of the specific buildings chosen by the Old Buildings people as it's focal point with Wright in the works of both Sullivan and Wright brought in as illustrative material. This gives us the opportunity of directing the program toward a particular end rather than simply showing Wright’s work and having him talk about his past, present, and future..."
B) Original two-page carbon copy of letter to Van Allen Bradley from William Macdonald. "This is simply a filler to keep you informed of the progress of the Old Buildings program here at Channel 11. A number of things of interest and, I think, of considerable important to both the program and the project have occurred since the lunch-meeting in July... I have spoken with Mr. Caraway of the University of Illinois, who is interested in a fund-raising campaign for the perpetuation of Taliesin, to be scheduled through the Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago. Mr. Caraway spent last week at Taliesin with Mr. Wright, who plans to be in Chicago on October 31st with an exhibition of his work. This coincides with the Sullivan exhibition at the Art Institute, which may give us the opportunity of having parts of both exhibitions on the program, as well as Wright himself as guest of honor..." Original letter and original two-page carbon copy of letter, three pages stapled. 11 x 8.5
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3) Letter: August 31, 1956. To Rodney Griffiths (cc. Cary Caraway) from Robert Ahrens, Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago. Original mimeographed copy of the letter. "For the record, a summary of my thoughts and suggestions on the Wright Benefit, after our conference this week. Suggest broad purposes to command full attention or involvement: (1) To pay tribute to Wright, (2) To focus attention on endowment fund and school at Taliesin, (3) To focus attention of world on Chicago as a creative center of arts and sciences, (4) To focus Chicago's attention on itself and it's potential as a city of tomorrow..." Original mimeographed copy 11 x 8.5 1147.83.1217 (3) 1956
4) Letter: 1956 (Un-dated). To Fellow Architects from Leonard Wayman. Letter printed on "The Frank Lloyd Wright Day" letterhead. "You are cordially invited by the A.I.A. Invitation Committee of the Frank Lloyd Wright Day to participate in the celebration on October 17. We believe that this is a rare opportunity for architects as well as for other citizens of Chicago to see and to hear Frank Lloyd Wright, and to pay him their respects..." Original copy 10 x 8.5, folds to 8.5 x 8.5. 1147.83.1217 (4) 1956
5) Letter: September 5, 1956. To Mr. Wright from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "Enclosed are some clippings I thought might be interest you. That was one "release" that went around the world. It probably would create additional interest for our October 17th event if the "Cloudscraper" were made a feature of the exhibit and if unveiling of drawings were made at that time. Also enclosed is a floor plan of the space the Sherman Hotel is making available for the exhibition. There is great interest being shown in "Frank Lloyd Wright Day" in Chicago - so it might be a natural." Original carbon copy 11 x 8.5. 1147.83.1217 (5) 1956
6) Letter: September 7, 1956. To Mr. M. A. Binney, Heritage Furniture, from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. "In accordance with our telephone conversation, I am closing a rough sketch of our new offices which we hope to furnish with items design by Mr. Wright. I do not have the sizes of the items yet but I am getting them from your offices in the Merchandise Mart. The room dimensions are exact. If Henredon-Heritage would see their way clear to fulfilling the needs of the endowment fund, we would certainly prominently display this fact. And, since the endowment fund is going to be a permanent establishment, I think this would be a good investment. I will see Mr. Wright this weekend about laying out the Henredon-Heritage display for the exhibition. Original carbon copy 11 x 8.5. 1147.83.1217 (6) 1956
7) Proclamation: September 11, 1956. Frank Lloyd Wright Day by Proclamation of Mayor Richard J. Daley on the 11th Day of September, A. D. 1956. Original copy of the Proclamation. "On the 11th day of September, A. D., 1956, the Honorable Richard J. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago, proclaimed and designated that Wednesday, October 17, 1956 as Frank Lloyd Wright day in Chicago and do call upon all citizens to participate in the observance of this celebration..." Original four-page copy the Proclamation. 8.5 x 11. 1147.83.1217 (7) 1956
8) Invitation: 1956 (not Dated). "You Are Invited to Attend Frank Lloyd Wright Day." "Richard J Daley, Mayor of the city of Chicago has proclaimed Wednesday, October 17th, 1956 Frank Lloyd Wright Day in Chicago. Some excerpts from the proclamation are... Work of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (including the "Cloudscraper") will be on exhibition October 16th, 17th, and 18th. On October 17th there will be several events climaxed by a dinner with approximately 1400 guests in honor of Mr. Wright..." Original carbon copy. 8.5 x 11. 1147.83.1217 (8) 1956
9) Invitation: 1956 (not Dated). "You Are Invited to Participate in Frank Lloyd Wright Day." "Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright will unveil details of his history-making mile-high cloudscraper, the "Illinois", at a dinner on Wednesday, October 17, 1956. A special list of sponsors has been drawn up which includes your name among the select few who have been invited to attend. Mayor Richard J. Daley has officially proclaimed this date as Frank Lloyd Wright day in Chicago, and his official proclamation is reproduced here-in. You are cordially invited to attend this dinner to pay tribute to Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright, with others close to his ideas and creative thinking..." Original carbon copy. 8.5 x 11. 1147.83.1217 (9) 1956
10) Letter: 1956 (Un-dated). To Governor William Stratton from Cary Caraway. Original carbon copy of the letter. " Wednesday, October 17th, 1956 has been proclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright day in Chicago. There will be an extensive exhibition of his work on October 16th, 17th and 18th. This exhibition will be open to the press the morning of the 16th and to the public thereafter. Mr. Wright called today from Wisconsin and asked me to invite you to this event. Knowing the high regard he has for you, I hope you and Mrs. Stratton will attend. Original carbon copy. 8.5 x 11. 1147.83.1217 (10) 1956
11) Letter/News Release: October 15, 1956. To City Editor, Chicago Defender from Robert Barker. "Mrs. Borden (Adlai) Stevenson will introduce Frank Lloyd Wright in Orchestra Hall Friday evening, October 19th, at 8:15 P.M. Mr. Wright, 87 years old, we'll talk on the sky city and the American home. The mile high building, the "Illinois" will be discussed and reviewed. The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin and the Price Tower in Oklahoma will be on display in the form of models and drawings... Tickets are $1.10, $1.65, $2.20 and $2.75 at Orchestra Hall." Original letter and envelope. Letter : 8.5 x 11, Envelope: 9.5 x 4.1. 1147.83.1217 (11) 1956
12) Letter: October 19, 1956. To Cary Caraway from George M. Burditt, The Chicago Junior Association of Commerce and Industry. "We certainly appreciate your cooperation in making our Frank Lloyd Wright luncheon such a success. This was one of the biggest and best received luncheons which the Jaycees have had in recent years." Original letter. 7.5 x 10.5. 1147.83.1217 (12) Caraway Correspondence 1957. Twelve pieces of correspondence to and from Cary Caraway related to the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. January 22, 1957 - April 10, 1957. 1957
1) Agreements: January 22, 1957 and February 28, 1957. To Cary Caraway and Rodney Griffiths, Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund from Seymour Fishman. A) Two original copies of Agreement dated January 22, 1957, signed by Rodney Griffeths, subject to approval and signature of Cary Caraway. "This will confirm our understanding. You desire to raise in aggregate of $5,000,000 over a four year period as an endorsement fund for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. I have agreed to render services to you, commencing on January 3, 1957, as a consultant with respect to your fund raising campaign..." This agreement was not signed by Cary Caraway. B) Two original copies of Agreement dated February 28, 1957, signed by Rodney Griffeths, subject to approval and signature of Cary Caraway. Minor changes to the agreement. This agreement was also not signed by Cary Caraway. All four original copies stapled together, 8.5 x 11. Envelope: Taliesin West, postmarked April 12, 1957, to Cary Caraway. 9.5 x 4.1. 1205.89.0817 (1) 1957
2) Meeting Minutes: January 25, 1957. "The Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund Campaign Drive for $5,000,000.00. Chicago Meeting No. 1, January 25, 1957. This meeting was held in the Jade Room of the Sherman Hotel." Twenty-three people present. "Mr. Caraway open the meeting at 5:20 P.M... Mr. Griffiths reported that a campaign organization was now in the process of being formed... Mr. Harry Linsky reported on special projects... Mr. Meyer Levin, one of the foremost novel lists in the screenwriters in America today has prepared a treatment for motion pictures on the autobiography of Mr. Wright..." Original copy, six pages. 8.5 x 11 1205.89.0817 (2) 1957
3) Meeting Transcript: Not dated, but consistent with January 25, 1957 minutes. Carbon copy of transcription of Cary Caraway, Mr. Linsky, Mr. Fishman... "This past year, we have endeavored to expose as many people as possible to the Frank Lloyd Wright school and to Mr. Wright himself. We have conducted a broad public relations program as manifested by the Frank Lloyd Wright Day in Chicago last October 17 which most of you, present, attended. We were readying ourselves for a campaign designed to produce the sum of five million dollars. We are now preparing to launch that campaign... Call for the next meeting here at the Sherman for Thursday, February 7th, 1957..." Two original carbon copy pages stapled. 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (3) 1957
4) Inter-Office Correspondence: February 26, 1957. To Mr. Caraway and Mr. Fishman by Seymour Fishman. Subject Mr. William Stuart. Original typed memo. "Mr. Stuart conditionally accepted the Midwest regional chairmanship pending a revision of the by-laws of the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund, to broaden the base of the number of directors and an arrangement whereby his activity is active participation would fit into his own happy business program, which was quite full through May, 1957..." Original typed memo signed "SF". 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (4) 1957
5) Inter-Office Correspondence: February 26, 1957. To Office Memorandum by Seymour Fishman. Subject Mr. James A. Howlett. Original typed memo. "On Monday evening, February 25, 1957, I spoke to Mr. James A. Howlett, who advised me that he felt confident that Mrs. Avery Coonley, who now lives in Washington D.C., might be a prospect for a substantial donation to our campaign. I understand that Mr. Wright built the Coonley estate homes quite sometime ago and that Mrs. Coonley, who is also an octagenarian, is very much smitten with Mr. Wright. Mr. Howard said: ‘She would probably be very hurt if we did not ask her to participate..." Original typed memo signed "SF". 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (5) 1957
6) Inter-Office Correspondence: February 28, 1957. To Mr. Caraway, Linsky, Griffiths and Fishman by Arlene Hathaway. Subject Three telephone calls of interest. Original typed memo. Summary of conversations with Mr. Rexford Battenberg, Mrs. Joseph H. Biggs and Mr. James Howlett. Original typed memo signed "A. Hathaway." 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (6) 1957
7) Inter-Office Correspondence: March 1, 1957. To Mr. Caraway, Fishman, Griffiths and Linsky, by Arlene Hathaway. Subject Mrs. Grace Pebbles, owner of Le Petit Gourmet. Original typed memo. "I spoke with Mrs. Grace Pebbles... ‘I don't have time to come to meetings and everyone is pressing me for money.’ However, she indicated that she would be willing and prepared to get together a party for the people she knew wanted to meet Mr. Wright at lab Petit Gourmet, which she owns..." Original typed memo signed "A. Hathaway." 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (7) 1957
8) Questions and Answers: Not Dated, 1957. Three original sheets. Questions include: "I: What is the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund? II: Who are the officers of the Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund? III: How will the Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund accomplish this? IV: How will this program be financed? V: Will any of this money be used for Taliesin North and Taliesin West, and if so, how..." Three original copies of typed questions, stapled. 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (8) 1957
9) Letter: March 31st,1957. Original typed letter with corrections. Written by Frank Lloyd Wright as the "Preamble" for the Endowment Fund, which was refered to in the notes from the March 30-31 meeting: "...An attestation to Mr. Wright’s enthusiastic support was his own personal preparation of the preamble, which, of course, must now be the base of any written material which is distributed." "This campaign is organized to raise funds sufficient to perpetuate the cause of an American Architecture by protection and further cultural and educational promotion extending work in architecture at the Taliesin's under Frank Lloyd Wright. This in order that the establishments there founded may continue in prosperity as the architectural fountainhead of a culture of our own. Preservation and protection of the two Taliesins – North and West – and of the work already done there by those who have helped make them what they are today -- advance agents of decentralization, is the overall objective of this organization. Frank Lloyd Wright. March 31st, 1957." Original typed letter with hand written corrections. 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (9) 1957
10) Inter-Office Correspondence: April 4, 1957. To Messrs. Caraway, Griffiths and Linsky, by Seymour Fishman. Subject: Summary of Week-end Conference at Taliesin West, March 30-31, 1957. Original typed memo. "I present herewith the point by point analysis of our accomplishments over the week-end, as well as the point by point failures. I also present an outline of our immediate problems and suggestions as to how we meet them... 1. Mr. Wright's complete and enthusiastic support of the project. It should be kept in mind that this support is related to the fact that he personally felt that he enlarged the program and developed it. It must also be remembered that the new program is for $10,000,000.00 instead of 5,000,000; that the program is international instead of national; and that the program will involve the creation of a new organization to be known as the American Architecture Organization. An attestation to Mr. Wright’s enthusiastic support was his own personal preparation of the preamble, which, of course, must now be the base of any written material which is distributed. A further indication of Mr. Wright's support of the program..." Original four-page typed memo signed "Seymour Fishman." 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (10) 1957
11) Inter-Office Correspondence: April 4, 1957. To Messrs. Caraway, Griffiths and Linsky, by Seymour Fishman. Subject: Mr. William Stuart. Original typed memo. "On Wednesday morning, April 3, I went met with Mr. William Stewart. Mr. Stewart left for Florida on Wednesday... Mr. Stewart felt very strongly that we should proceed very slowly until such time as an organization of top level individuals is set up. He placed particular emphasis on Mr. Fowler McCormick, and Cecil B. DeMille... I was very blunt with him in regard to our budget problems. I indicated that we were $15,000.00 to $20,000.00 in debt and that an additional sum of $50,000.00 was necessary to hire staff, fund raisers, public relations people... He seemed generally in good humor and agreed that the weekend spend a Taliesin was important. He pointed out, however that Mr. Wright had been known in the past to change attitudes and that it is essential to maintain his present attitude, to exploit it by getting the top level man to assume responsibility..." Original two-page typed memo signed "Seymour Fishman." 8.5 x 11. 1205.89.0817 (11) 1957
12) Inter-Office Correspondence: April 10, 1957. To Mr. Caraway. Subject: Long distance call to Mrs. Wright placed 7:30pm 4-10-57. Original typed memo.
Mr. Caraway: "Would you say to Mrs. Wright that I talked with Mr. Wright in New York and while in the course of the conversation he asked if I had received a letter that he wrote from Phoenix asking me to call off the effort which we had already taken on the Endowment Fund and this disturbs me very much and I wondered if she concurred and what caused the change of mind and in general what I should do now."
Operator: "She said that you should have received a letter." "Have you gotten that letter?"
Mr. Caraway: "No"
Operator: "That letter was sent airmail special last Saturday" "To the LaSalle Street address"
Mr. Caraway: "That's where I am now"
Operator: "You do not have the letter..." Original two-page typed memo. 8.5 x 11.
1205.89.0817 (12) Caraway Correspondence 1957. Five pieces of correspondence to and from Cary Caraway related to the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund. September 17, 1957 - March 8, 1958. 1957
1) Letter: September 17, 1957. Original Duplicate typed letter to I.R.S. To Mr. Needham (IRS) from Willard J. Lassers, Attorney. cc: Cary Caraway and Rodney Griffiths. "Thank you for your letter of August 20, 1957. Upon receipt of the information, we started to work to assemble the data you requested but will not be able to complete this work within the 30 days mentioned in your letter... Accordingly, we request a 30 day extension for answering your letter..." Original Duplicate typed letter to I.R.S. 8.5 x 11. 1205.90.0817 (1) 1957
2) Letter: September 22, 1957. Original carbon copy letter to Sidney D. Komie from Rodney Griffiths, Secretary of the FLLW End. Fund. "This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of Sept 20th demanding $1,000.00 from the Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund by September 25th to apply to the Hotel Sherman account, wherein you threatened court action unless your demand was met. The FLLW Endowment Fund has no money on hand. I refer you to my last previous letter as to why and as to the prospects of obtaining funds which with which to pay up our indebtedness to you and to others... Cary Caraway, Pres. of the fund suggested that there might be some way to reduce our obligations to long-term interest bearing notes..." Original carbon copy. 8.5 x 11. 1205.90.0817 (2) 1957
3) Letter: December 12, 1957. Original carbon copy two-page letter to Rodney Griffiths from Willard J. Lassers. "In accordance with our conversation I am outlining the steps which should be taken in response to the letter from the Internal Revenue Service of December 9. I suggest that one of several persons of stature in the field of architecture prepare a plan for submission to the endowment fund board respecting the plans for loans on structures embodying new principles... Another area was suggested by Mr. Caraway. Perhaps work could be encouraged to stimulate the development of true prefabricated housing. An important feature would be that the component parts would be of standard specifications so that the number of rooms..." Original carbon copy two-page letter. 8.5 x 11. 1205.90.0817 (3) 1957
4) Letter: (Undated) 1957. Original carbon copy of letter to Willard J. Lassers from the I.R.S. "In response to our request for a detailed description of all the funds activities to date, the president of the fund stated that activities have consisted largely of contacting prospective contributors and informing them of the funds plans. Before we may determine whether a tentative ruling, as described in our letter dated August 20, 1957, may be issued to the fund, it is essential that the president or other officers of the fund furnish us with a statement stating the extent to which the fund in terms to undertake any activities in furtherance of it stated purpose prior to the retirement of Mr. Wright..." Original carbon copy two-page letter. 8.5 x 11. 1205.90.0817 (4) 1958
5) Letter: March 8, 1958. Original letter to Cary Caraway from Willard J. Lassers. "On December 12 I sent you a copy of my letter to Rod regarding the Endowment Fund, which was in relation to a letter from the Internal Revenue Service of December 9. I believe that if we supply the Internal Revenue Service with the information requested we stand a reasonable chance of obtaining the tax exemption... I feel a sense of personal concern because of my continuing relationship with the Internal Revenue Service. It looks bad to be pressing for action then fail to supply requested data. I wouldn't want the endowment fund matter to prejudice any future applications that I may have with this agency. If nothing is to be done I would much prefer dismissing the application..." Original two-page letter. 8.5 x 11. 1205.90.0817 (5) J. L. Smith Elevations Blueprint 1955 (2) 1955
J. L. Smith Elevations Blueprint 1955. "House For Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Smith. Kane County, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Frank Lloyd Wright, Jan 20 / 55. Elevations. Scale 1/4" = 1' - 0"." Upper: "Southeast Elevation." The Terrace is on the far left. The ceiling in the Workspace is lowered for the first three feet, then raises up to the height of the Living Room. The Loggia is to the right of the Living Room, and lines up with the Carport in the foreground. The Gun Shop is to the far right, embedded into the hillside. Lower: "Southwest Elevation." The two Bedrooms are on the left. Both have corner doors that open outward. The Workspace is to the right of the Bedrooms, the ceiling has been lowered. The Living room has four sets of floor-to-ceiling doors that open outward, set between two foot wide columns. The carport is to the far right. There are handwritten notes in pencil toward the bottom right. "Print of Preliminary Plans for Grading Prints on Forms as Soon as Possible. Workshop - Dry - Gun Shop. Fireplace Storage. No Cabinets over Sink. Carport. View out of Kitchen... Laundry Equip, deep sink. Canoe Storage. Lanai Larger. Laundry Larger." The notes on both sheets, and the fact that Gun Shop was relocated, would indicate that the Smiths were very serious about... Continue... See Wright Study on J. L. Smith Residence Project. 1092.99.0117 -1 1955
J. L. Smith General Plan Blueprint 1955. "House For Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Smith. Kane County, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Frank Lloyd Wright, Jan 20 / 55. General Plan. Scale 1/4" = 1' - 0"." The home is built into a hillside and faces Southwest. The elevation at the South corner of the Terrace is 92 feet. The elevation of the North corner of the Gun shop is 110 feet, a change of 18 feet. As in other Usonian Automatic homes, these blocks are 1' x 2' in size, and the floor plan is designed in 2' x 2' modules. The home is built on two levels. As you drive up to the graveled forecourt, and park in the Carport, a covered walk leads to the Entrance which is along the back of the house. The Lanai is on the right, the Gun Shop is embedded into the hillside. Double doors lead to the Entryway which is on the upper level. The Gallery on the right leads to two Bedrooms, the Bath, and a thin passageway leading down five stairs to the Workspace on the lower level. As you walk down the Loggia to the left, there are built-in bookshelves on the left, low built-in cabinets on the right. The wall on the right side is open, creating the Loggia. At the end, five stairs lead down to the Living Room. The bookshelves that cover the right side of the Loggia wrap around the end, then continue into the Living room... Continue... See Wright Study on J. L. Smith Residence Project. 1092.99.0117 -2
1956 Imperial Hotel Receipt - 6/20/1956 (6 x 7) 1956.00.0904 1957 1957
Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Cary Caraway concerning The Frank Lloyd Wright Endowment Fund 1957. "Copy. My dear Cary: A long talk with Senator Benson opened my eyes to the hazards we face in future if we go on with the Endowment Fund Campaign. I believe it is better to concentrate on the Foundation as it stands – trying to clear up its status and promote its prestige – by bringing proper outside authority and influence to bear on our present situation and our needs... Let’s direct our efforts now not toward this endowment fund-raising but toward strengthening the foundation itself – now practically a three million dollar establishment. My Will would become the document that will ensure the proper direction of its use and growth in future and those authorized to help. After considerable thought on the part of Olgivanna, the Fellows and myself – this is our conclusion. I see the acquisition of the Robie House is in line with this decision, making it a Foundation Library Center for Organic Architecture there in Chicago. An angel might be found who would put up the necessary purchase to buy the place if the Foundation would guarantee a reasonable quarterly interest payment... The establishment called Taliesin is so far developed now that the association in almost any form is a distinction to be coveted. I am sure that... Continue... 1205.77.0517 1957
Letter Concerning Robie House. Carbon copy two-page letter to Chicago Theological Seminary from Frank Lloyd Wright concerning destruction of Robie House mailed to Cary Caraway. Dated April 15th, 1957. Mailed in Taliesin West envelope addressed to Cary Caraway. "Dr. Arthur Cushman McGiffert, Junior. The Chicago Theological Seminary... Dear Mr. President: Your letter makes clear that all you know about the Robie House is that the masterpiece is where you want to put a rooming-house and your architect is waiting - willing. So why hope for ethics? Neither public sentiment nor ethics seem to appeal to your ‘rights’ where either religion or architecture is concerned. The house is too heavily of brick to move, not to mention the indignity if moved aside for a rooming-house. Mount Vernon, if moved aside for a housing-development, would suffer similar indignity. What I meant to offer was the design for your development – anywhere convenient. A building becoming and suitable. I was told that there was a sorority house facing Woodlawn Avenue next above you, wishing to sell. But what can be done with public sentiment will now be done. Manifestly the Robie House honors are worldwide. Would you kindly publish the testimony you have received? Sincerely, Frank Lloyd Wright. April 15, 1957." Envelope addressed to Mr. Cary Caraway. Postmarked "April 15th, 1957." Carbon copy two-page letter: 8.5 x 11, Envelope: 9.5 x 4.1. 1205.91.0818 1957
Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Cary Caraway about a court hearing in Madison concerning income tax, 1957. "Dear Cary: The Foundation is to appear at a court-hearing on Saturday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m. in Madison, State of Wisconsin, concerning income tax. Our status as a cultural organization seems in jeopardy and taxation retroactive. The loss of our present status would probably ruin our work. We are writing to some of you staunch boys now out in the world for yourselves, asking you to testify as to what of cultural value you received from life at Taliesin – backing that up with a statement of what you are now doing. Some photographs of your buildings of published recognition of work would help give testimony credence. Would you appear for us in this struggle and testify at the hearing? We are on the way to Bagdad on commission, returning about May 21st. Kindly let us hear from you at Taliesin North. The greatest service you could render us would be to appear in court and testify to the value of pour work in Organic Architecture where you were concerned with Taliesin leadership. The Foundation will pay your expenses to and from Wisconsin. The matter is serious. By our enemies we may have Taliesin taken away from us. Affectionately," (Signed) "F. LL. W" "Frank Lloyd Wright. May 9th, 1957." Letterhead: 11 x 8.5. 1205.78.0517
1958 1958 Original Specifications: Church for the Milwaukee Hellenic Community. Frank Lloyd Wright. Original specs and drawings for the church. Cover is in pencil, drawn by Eugene Masslink. Pencil and pen changes and additions throughout. Drawings in pencil. All pages are typed or drawn on vellum. This allows blue print copies to be produced from originals. Pp 158. Authenticity Prairie Avenue Bookstore. 1221.03.0902 1958
Frank Lloyd Wright Will. Copy of Frank Lloyd Wright's 1958 last will and testament. Heavily annotated by Frank Lloyd Wright. This was a single copy from the original, from the files of Kelmscott Gallery, Chicago. Dated 25 April, 1958. Filed May 19, 1959. Pp 4.
1259.09.0305 1958 Imperial Hotel Christmas Card. Front: Metal etched or stamped plate, hand tinted or plated (4.5 x 3), mounted to a decorative cloth backing (7 x 5). Text printed on Rice paper. Framed (7.5 x 5.5). Text on back: “With Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.” T. Inumara, President. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. 1958-1959. 1377.24.0406 1960 1960 Imperial Hotel (1915 - S.194) Christmas Card, 1960. Cover: "Imperil Hotel, Tokyo, Japan." The illustration is a tapestry made of up three different tightly woven colored threads, beige, black and copper. The beige runs vertically throughout the whole illustration. The background includes a horizontal copper thread, creating a beige background. Black threads are woven horizontally creating the landscape and line work of the buildings. The copper colored threads are woven horizontally to create two different shades. The darker shading in the original Imperial Hotel and the lighter shade in the newer Imperial Hotel in the background and in tinting the landscaping. The border and back cover is a light colored cloth glued to the decorative paper. It is printed or silk screened with dark green ink and vertical silver ink lines over the green. Inside: Printed on rice paper, folded and glued to the gutter inside: "With Best Wishes for A Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year. T. Imumaru, President. Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan. 1960 - 1961. 8.25 x 5.3. Pp 4. 1458.40.0512 1960
Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer Clinic 1960. Seven of eight sheets for the Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer Clinic Fresno, California. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 plans were completed by William Wesley Peters and Aaron Green and dated February 18, 1960. Jarvis Henry Luechauer, April 16, 1914 - June 18, 2008. Jarvis was born in Texarkana, Texas. At the age of nine, his family moved to Berkeley, CA where he grew up. He graduated from Berkeley High School and San Mateo Junior College, then attended UC Berkeley for one year before following his dreams to New York. After four years of nominal success in musical comedy, he headed back to Berkeley working with his father as a carpenter. As WWII expanded, so did the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, just to the North of Berkeley. He rose to the rank of foreman during the war, and it was there that he met his wife. Helyn Catherine Anderson, Aug. 13, 1921 - Sept. 24, 2016. Helyn was born in the Berryessa Valley area of California, just north of San Jose, and spent her early years in Berryessa. Her family moved to Napa, where she attended schools in Napa, and graduated from Napa Union High School in 1939. After graduating form high school, she worked for a few years for the Napa County School district with her mother who was the Superintendent... Continue...
1458.61.1017 (1-6, 8)
Sheet 1: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Plot Plan. Sheet No. 1. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." The design for the clinic, utilizing a four foot grid, is rectangular in shape except for the waiting room which is a semi-circular. Up two flights of stairs, there is an East and West entrance to the waiting room. In the waiting room a horizontal window rests on top of a 2 1/2 wall. The waiting room has built-in seating along the exterior curved semi-circular wall, and a fireplace on the opposite side of the room. There’s a built-in semi-circular planter at the front that follows the curve of the windows. Along the back of the building a built-in planter runs the length, with a small semi-circle built into the center of the planter wall. On the south side of the parking lot, on the property line, there are two stone walls with an opening in the center that forms a partial circle. On the north side of the building perpendicular to the built-in planter is an 87 foot long pool. It is 8 feet wide, and has four jets spaced 17 feet apart. On either side of the pool Wright penciled in future buildings using the same design as the first. Medical offices are on the west side of the building dental are on the right. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
1458.61.1017 -1 1960
Sheet 2: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Heating Layout & Mat Plan. Sheet No. 2. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." The exterior walls are constructed of stone masonry. The wall is 8 inches thick at the top, widening to 16 inches at the base. The interior side of the wall is a vertical 4 inch glazed concrete block wall, covered by carpentry cabinet work. The exterior side of the wall slants inward. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
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Sheet 3: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "General Plan. Sheet No. 3. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." The stairs leading to the entryway are 1 foot 4 inches wide, there are two 4 inch risers. The roof over the waiting room follows the same circular design as the windows and the built-in planter. The design for the clinic utilizes a four foot grid. There are two circular tables (coffee tables) in the waiting room, 4 feet wide, 16 inches tall. The hood of the fireplace is circular as is the grate in the fireplace. "Note: Location of walls and partitions is determined by the unit system. Masonry walls have one face on a unit line at floor level." 48" x 36" Blueprint.
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Sheet 4: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Elevations. Sheet No. 4. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." Capping the stone masonry walls is a 6 inch thick coping stone. Setting atop the coping stone is a row of two foot square precast concrete blocks, inset with glass. Very similar to the Zimmerman residence. Â Above the precast concrete blocks is a precast concrete fascia that runs the length of the stone masonry walls which lean inward as they raise from the ground. The massive fireplace chimney is also made of stone masonry. The roof's pitch is a 12/4 and specified to be covered with concrete tiles. It appears that the exterior wall of the west elevation is floor-to-ceiling the two foot square perforated precast concrete. There are eleven windows in the waiting room, six of which open. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
1458.61.1017 -4 1960
Sheet 5: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Cross Sections. Sheet No. 5. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." The walls on either side of the fireplace are stone masonry that lean inward as it raise up from the floor. The masonry walls are 5 feet high. Above the 5 foot level, masonry continues vertically. The semi-circular hood is also constructed of stone. The opening of the fireplace is 4 foot 6 inches tall. The ceiling in the waiting room is 7 feet tall. The Corridor that runs down the center of the building is 12 feet 4 1/2 inches at its highest point in the center. Some of the examining room ceiling are 7 foot in height, some are cathedral. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
1458.61.1017 -5 1960
Sheet 6: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Roof Framing Plan & Electrical. Sheet No. 6. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." The ceiling in the waiting room is framed out with 2 x 10s. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
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Sheet 8: "Clinic For Dr. Jarvis H. Luechauer, Fresno, California. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect." (Square.) "Cabinetwork. Sheet No. 8. Taliesin Associated Architects. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation." Sighed: "William Wesley Peters. February 18, 1960. Aaron Green." Cabinets are made of three-quarter inch plywood. Note: Cabinets to have flush fronts (doors, jams, strips and drawers fronts to present flush surface.) No horizontal strips between drawers, Vertical matched grain throughout. Cabinets are made of three-quarter inch plywood. Note: Cabinets to have flush fronts (doors, jams, strips and drawers fronts to present flush surface.) No horizontal strips between drawers, Vertical matched grain throughout. Built-in seating is 2 feet 10 inches tall, the seat is 12 inches off the ground and the cushions are set on top of the plywood and the back. The seats are 2 feet 9 inches deep. Circular tables (coffee tables) are 4 feet wide and constructed of 3/4 inch plywood. They are 1 foot 4 inches high. The table tops are 1 1/2 inches thick by doubling up two sheets of plywood. The legs are 3/4 inch thick plywood. Hassocks are made of three-quarter inch plywood and are 1 foot 8 inches square, 11 1/2 inches tall. 48" x 36" Blueprint.
1458.61.1017 -8 1961 Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center Blueprints Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center Blueprints and Specifications, 1961. In 1938, a private committee, headed by Paul F. Harloff commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a civic center on the shores of Lake Monona on a plot of land known as "Olin Terrace," a park at the end of the mall that extended from the state capital to the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin. Wright drew up plans, named it Olin Terraces. Opposition to the plan and the war put plans on hold until the early 1950s. Plans to build a civic center were resurrected in 1953. Wright was encouraged to reintroduce his plan, and in October, 1953 using the original concept, presented drawings to the citizens of Madison. In 1955, Wright redesigned the plans, and built a model of the Monona Terrace Civic Center. Although Wright’s project was supported by the mayor and citizens groups, it also encountered strong opposition. After Wright’s death, the Taliesin Associated Architects, lead by William Wesley Peters, completed working drawings and specifications for the project and put it out to bids during the early part of 1961. The bids returned at triple the budget, the battle continued, and the project was placed on hold. On July 20, 1997, nearly forty years after Mr. Wright’s death, opening ceremonies began for the completed Monona Terrace Civic Center. This set is from 1961. Eugene Gangstad worked for the city of Madison as the Director of Planning. He noticed that these plans had been thrown in the dumpster. After rescuing and storing the plans for years, he passed them on to his son, Kent. "After taking them with me through a couple of moves, and storing them carefully each time, I figured it was time for someone else to appreciate them," said Kent. We acquired them from Kent Gangstad in 2015. Eugene retired from the city in the late 80's. 1961
This set includes: 1) Complete bound set of working drawing for the "Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. William Wesley Peters Architect, Taliesin Associated Architects." Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. Title (1); Index (1); A:1 - A:53 (Architectural); EV:1 (Elevator); SE:1 - SE:7 (Stage Equipment); M:1 - M:27 (Mechanical); S:1 - S:35 (Structural); E:1 - E:21 (Electrical). 146 sheets bound on the left side. Stamped Feb 7 1961. 40 x 30. 1483.26.0715 -1 1961
2) Eighteen loose sheets, two additional sets of Addendum #1, A:54 - A:62. Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. Dated 2/26/61. 40 x 30. 1483.26.0715 -2 1961
3) Twenty loose sheets, Addendum #1. Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. Details, dated 2/26/61. 24 X 15. 1483.26.0715 -3 1961
4) Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center Specifications. "Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. William Wesley Peters Architect, Taliesin Associated Architects." Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. Stamped Jan 30 1961. 8.5 x 11. 361 pages which include seven large plans folded. 1483.26.0715 -4 1961
5 & 6) Two sets of Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center Specifications Addendum #1. "Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. William Wesley Peters Architect, Taliesin Associated Architects." Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. 8.5 x 11. 33 pages. 1483.26.0715 -5&6 1961
7) Bid Form. Six page Bid Form for the Monona Terrace Auditorium and Civic Center. Published by The Taliesin Associated Architects. Pp 6. 8.5 x 11. 1483.26.0715 -7 BACK TO TOP