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Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, Illinois (1905 - S.111)
 
SEE WRIGHT STUDY ON FRANK L. SMITH BANK
   
Date: 1915

Title: Frank L. Smith, Candidate for Governor, 1915.

Author: Frank L. Smith

Description: "To the Republican Voters of Illinois." In March, 1915, Smith formally announced his candidacy for Governor. By mid July, 1916, two months before the primary, the race came down to Lowden, Hull and Smith. He lost in the Primary to Lowden on Sept 13, 1916. Lowden 54%, Hull 28%, Smith 18%. He whole-heartedly supported Lowden, who went on to win the election for Governor in Illinois. Smith stressed his record as a business man. "Governor is Business Manager. The governorship of Illinois is an administrative office – in fact as well as in the contemplation of the constitution. Lack of administrative efficiency there means bad government, however well-intentioned the Governor may be... The Governor is the business manager of the public at large. As a business man, I submit my candidacy to the business judgement of the voters. Frank L. Smith." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 3 x 6

Pages: Pp 12

S#: 0128.16.0414

   
Date: 1921

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1921 (second from left).

Description: Frank L. Smith with hat and overcoat looking directly at the camera. Text on verso: "Left to right: Thomas F. Smith of New York, Frank L. Smith of Ill., Addison T. Smith of Idaho, John M. Smith of Mich." Caption pasted to verso: "January 30th 1921. For the first time in many sessions the sixty-seventh Congress number in its membership only one Smith. In the present Congress there are four of whom Addison T. Smith of Idaho is the only one re-elected. Left to right: Thomas F. Smith of New York, Frank L. Smith of Ill., Addison T. Smith of Idaho, John M. Smith of Mich." Stamped on verso: "Feb 2 1921. N. E. A." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8.25 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0144.04.0914

   
Date: 1921

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1921 (second from left).

Description: Frank L. Smith with hat in hand and wearing overcoat, looking directly at the camera. Caption pasted to verso: "For the first time in many sessions the sixty-seventh Congress number in its membership only one Smith. In the present Congress there are four of whom Addison T. Smith of Idaho is the only one re-elected. Left to right: Thomas F. Smith of New York, Frank L. Smith of Ill., Addison T. Smith of Idaho, John M. Smith of Mich." Stamped on verso: "Feb 2 1921. N. E. A." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8.25 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0144.05.0914

   
Date: 1926

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1926 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Smith (left) and Wright before investigation committee. Caption pasted to verso: "Illinois Inquiry Shows $534,388 Primary Outlay. The Senate investigation of the Illinois primary election of April 13 got underway at Chicago in order to probe the charges that an enormous slush fund was used by both men in their efforts to win the senatorial nomination of the Republican party. The photo shows Col. Frank L. Smith, the winner of the primary contest (left) and Edward H. Wright, Negro politician who were summoned as witnesses before the investigation committee." Stamped on verso: "Acme Newspictures, New York City." "Aug 4 1926. N. E. A." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.22.1114

   
Date: 1926

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1926 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Smith is seated, looking to the let, straw hat in his lap. In August, 1926, the Senate investigated the Illinois primary election of April 13, to probe the charges that an enormous slush fund was used by Smith and Wright in their efforts to win the senatorial nomination of the Republican party. Col. Frank L. Smith won the primary contest. Stamped on verso: "Aug 14 1926. N. E. A." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.23.1114

   
Date: Circa 1926

Title: Frank L. Smith Portrait.

Description: Looking straight into the camera, lighting from the right, wearing a suit and stripped tie. Published by the Bain News Service. Reproduced from glass negative. Possibly photographed after his senatorial election in 1926. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 7.75 x 9.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.15.0213

   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Charles S. Deneen and Frank L. Smith, January 20, 1927. Stamped on verso: "Jan 20, 1927." Hand written on verso: "Frank L Smith (right) and Chas S. Deneen." After the death of incumbent Illinois Senator William McKinley, Smith was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by Illinois Governor Len Small. On Jan. 19, 1927, Smith's credentials were submitted to the senate by Senator Charles S. Deneen of Illinois. Charles Samuel Deneen (May 4, 1863 – February 5, 1940) served as Governor of Illinois from 1905 to 1913. He served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1925–1931. On January 20 the senate refused to allow Smith to take his senate seat. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0198.16.0414

   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Frank L. Smith standing on train stairs, holds his hat up in his right hand, January 20, 1927. Hand written on verso: "Col. Frank L. Smith." Stamped on verso: "Jan 20, 1927. N. E. A." "Photo From Jun Fujita, 12 S. Market St., % The Post, Chicago." After the death of incumbent Illinois Senator William McKinley, Smith was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by Illinois Governor Len Small. On Jan. 19, 1927, Smith's credentials were submitted to the senate by Senator Charles S. Deneen of Illinois. Charles Samuel Deneen served as Governor of Illinois from 1905 to 1913. He served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1925–1931. On January 20 the senate refused to allow Smith to take his senate seat. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0198.17.1114

   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1927 (1905 - S.111). (Second copy of Photograph.)

Description: Frank L. Smith standing on train stairs, holds his hat up in his right hand, January 20, 1927. Stamped on verso: "Jan 20, 1927. N. E. A." "This photo is supplied by Acme Newspapers. 461 Eighth Ave., New York City." Label pasted to verso: "Leaves to Appear Before Senate Investigation. Col. Frank L. Smith, senator-elect from Illinois, shown leaving Chicago, Ill., for Washington, D.C., to appear before the Senate committee who have been investigating his credentials and have refused to allow him to be seated in the Senate."
See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 6.5 x 8.5 B&W photograph.

S#:
0198.22.1216
   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description: "Frank L. Smith returns to his hometown of Dwight, Ill. on Jan. 24, 1927, after being refused a seat in the U.S. Senate. Smith, a former congressman and chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by then - Illinois Gov. Len Small, after the death of incumbent Sen. William McKinley. But Smith had been accused by Senate officials of accepting $125,000 in campaign money from Samuel Insull, the powerful owner several public utilities, while Smith was the chair of the ICC. Accepting such a contribution while acting as the ICC chair was a violation of Illinois law. Although he was never officially charged with a crime, the U.S. Senate voted 61-23 that Smith was not entitled to his Senate seat." Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 5 x 7 B&W photograph.

S#: 0198.13.1213

   
Date: 1927

Title:
Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description:
Frank L. Smith (left) and Senator Charles S. Deneen (Right). Caption pasted to verso: "Defends Smith Trying For Senate Seat – Photo Shows Senator-Elect Frank L. Smith of Illinois, (Left) with Senator Charles S. Deneen of Illinois, who is defending Smith in his fight to obtain a seat in the U.S. Senate." Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Frank L. Smith Bank in 1905. Stamped on Verso: "Dec 9 1927."

Size:
Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.


S#:
0198.19.0816
   
Date: 1927

Title:
Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description:
Frank L. Smith (left) and Senator Charles S. Deneen (Right). Caption pasted to verso: "Defends Illinois Senator Elect Who is Fighting for Seat. Washington D.C. Photo Shows - Senator-elect Frank L. Smith of Illinois, left, with senator Charles S. Deneen of Illinois, who is defending Smith in his fight to obtain a seat in the U.S. Senate." Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Frank L. Smith Bank in 1905. Stamped on Verso: "Reference Dept. Oct 17 1930." "This photo is supplied by Acme Newspictures, 461 Eighth Ave. New York."

Size:
Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.


S#:
0198.20.0816
   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Frank L. Smith (left) and Senator Charles S. Deneen (Right). Caption pasted to verso: "Defends Illinois Senator Elect Who is Fighting for Seat. Washington D.C. Photo Shows - Senator-elect Frank L. Smith of Illinois, left, with senator Charles S. Deneen of Illinois, who is defending Smith in his fight to obtain a seat in the U.S. Senate." Stamped on Verso: "Reference Dept. Dec 10 1927." "This photo is supplied by Acme Newspictures, 461 Eighth Ave. New York."

Size: Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0198.18.1215

   
Date: 1927

Title:
Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description:
Frank L. Smith standing in front of steps, facing the camera, holding his hat in his right hand. Caption pasted to verso: "Senator-elect Frank L. Smith, Illinois, photographed at the Senate office building, Washington, where he is fighting to obtain a seat in the Senate." Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Frank L. Smith Bank in 1905. Stamped on Verso: "Reference Dept. Dec 9 1927 N. E. A."

Size:
Original 8.5 x 6.5 B&W photograph.


S#:
0198.21.0816
   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1927 (1905 - S.111).

Description: "Some of the most powerful men in Illinois during the Roaring 20's meet at the Hotel Sherman on Dec. 31, 1927. Left to right: Eugene Pike, the new president of the Lincoln Park board; Sen. Elect Frank L. Smith; Chicago Mayor William "Big Bill" Thompson; and Illinois Gov. Len Small. Both Small and Smith had legal issues during their careers as public servants in Illinois. Small was indicted in 1921 on charges of embezzling up to $700,000 in public funds and conspiracy to defraud the state during Small's second term as Illinois state treasurer. But he was never convicted. Smith, a former congressman and chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, was appointed to the seat in December 1926 by then-Illinois Gov. Len Small, after the death of incumbent Sen. William McKinley. But Smith had been accused by Senate officials of accepting $125,000 in campaign money from Samuel Insull, the powerful owner several public utilities, while Smith was the chair of the ICC. Accepting such a contribution while acting as the ICC chair was a violation of Illinois law. Although he was never officially charged with a crime, the U.S. Senate voted 61-23 that Smith was not entitled to his Senate seat." Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 7 x 5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0198.14.1213

   
Date: 1927

Title: Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, Ill (1905 - S.111) circa 1927. (Real Photo Postcard.)

Description: Published by AZO. Lettering on left window: "The First National Bank of Dwight. Capitol and Surplus $60,000.00. 3 per cent interest paid on savings deposits. Law - Loan - Land and Insurance Offices of Frank L. Smith. Land Man. If you deal with me you get results." Hand written on negative across the bottom: "First National Bank, Dwight, Ill. 12317." On April 13, 1926, Smith runs against Senator McKinley in primary, wins election by 102,000 majority and denies McKinley re-election to U.S. Senate. Smith wins general election. November 2, Smith wins Senate election by 67,000 votes. On December 7, 1926, McKinley passed away, before his term ended on March 3, 1927. The Governor appoints Smith to fill vacancy of William B. McKinley seat, but U.S. Senate denied his appointment. On March 4, 1927, even though elected, Senate again refused to seat Smith. Hand written on verso: "Note the name on the window. This is where he does it. Nice & cool here this A.M. Home Sat." Signed: "Albert B." Postmarked Jul 22, 1927. Stamp Box on verso: AZO with two 'up' and two 'down' triangles (1910-1930). See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 5.4 x 3.5.

S#: 0198.12.0813

   
Date: 1928

Title: Frank L. Smith Bank, Dwight, Ill (1905 - S.111) circa 1928.

Description: Face: View of "West Main Street, Dwight. Ill." #122896 (Curteich dating system dates this card 1928). Back: "Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T. Photo-Finish" Post Card (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.) On April 13, 1926, Smith runs against Senator McKinley in primary, wins election by 102,000 majority and denies McKinley re-election to U.S. Senate. Smith wins general election. November 2, Smith wins Senate election by 67,000 votes. On December 7, 1926, McKinley passed away, before his term ended on March 3, 1927. The Governor appoints Smith to fill vacancy of William B. McKinley seat, but U.S. Senate denied his appointment. On March 4, 1927, even though elected, Senate again refused to seat Smith. On February 9, 1928, Smith abandoned his effort to take his seat and resigned even though he and the Governor considered him to be the rightful senator. A special election was called to fill the vacated Senate seat, and Smith reran in the special election Primary. On April 10, 1928, Smith was defeated in the primary by Otis F. Glenn, who went on to win the general election. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 5.5 x 3.5.

S#: 0215.11.1113

   
Date: 1928

Title: Frank L. Smith Campaign for Senator.

Description: "America First. Frank L. Smith of Dwight. For the Republican Nomination for United States Senator. As the advocate of - State Rights, A Deep Waterway, Federal Flood Control, Farm Relief. Primary Day - April 10, 1928... An Address to the Republican Voters of Illinois." In 1926 Smith ran for U.S. Senate and won the general election by 67,000 votes. (See Biography) On December 7, 1926, the sitting Senator, McKinley passed away, just months before his term ended on March 3, 1927. The Governor appointed Smith to fill McKinley’s vacancy, but the U.S. Senate denied his appointment. On March 4, 1927, even though elected, the Senate again refused to seat him. On February 9, 1928, Smith abandoned his effort to take his seat and resigned even though he and the Governor considered him to be the rightful senator. A special election was called to fill the vacated Senate seat, and Smith reran in the special election Primary. On March 8 his addressed the voters of Illinois and presented his defense. This brochure was a reprint of the address, a short Biography, and his platform. On April 10, 1928, Smith was defeated in the primary by Otis F. Glenn, who went on to win the general election. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 3.6 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 12

S#: 0215.10.0213

   
Date: 1928

Title: Frank L. Smith, 1928 (1905 - S.111). Campaign letter from Frank L. Smith, prior to Special Election primary, April 2, 1926.

Description: "Fellow Republicans: After almost thirty-five years of service in the ranks of the workers of the Republican party as a precinct committeeman, and twenty-four years of service as a member of the Republican State Central Committee (of which I was three times chairman), I was nominated as our party’s candidate for United States Senator two years ago..." Signed "Frank L. Smith." In 1926 Smith ran for U.S. Senate and won the general election by 67,000 votes. (See Biography) On December 7, 1926, the sitting Senator, McKinley passed away, just months before his term ended on March 3, 1927. The Governor appointed Smith to fill McKinley’s vacancy, but the U.S. Senate denied his appointment. On March 4, 1927, even though elected, the Senate again refused to seat him. On February 9, 1928, Smith abandoned his effort to take his seat and resigned even though he and the Governor considered him to be the rightful senator. A special election was called to fill the vacated Senate seat, and Smith reran in the special election Primary which took place on April 10, 1928. This letter, dated April 2, 1928 was mailed one week before the primary. Smith was defeated in the primary by Otis F. Glenn, who went on to win the general election. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 8.5 x 11 single sided letter.

S#:
0215.18.1216
   
Date: 1931

Title: The Case of Frank L. Smith, A Study in Representative (Hard Cover DJ) (Published by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.)

Author: Wooddy, Carroll Hill

Description: The intrinsic interest attaching to the case of Frank L Smith would perhaps in itself justify an intensive exploration of its development and implications. Here, surely, is drama cast in the bold outline so characteristic of the ruggedness of American life! The cast of characters lacks neither heroes nor villains, sinister embodiments of evil nor bold champions of virtue. ...But more than this the career of this long-time participating in the political life of a great commonwealth offers opportunity for a realistic exposition of "what really happens." ... (Dust Jacket.) Original list price $3.00.
(First Edition)

Size: 5.5 x 8.25

Pages: Pp 393

S#:
0300.12.0518
   
Date: 1936

Title:
Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1936 (1905 - S.111).

Description:
Frank L. Smith, facing to the right, head lowered with a cigar in his left hand. George Getz is on the right. Label pasted to verso: "Chicago, IL. 6-2-36. Delegates Gather For Republican Convention. Cleveland, Ohio. – Frank L. Smith, at left, Republican Committeeman from Chicago and George Getz of Chicago, Treasurer Republican Committee, at Hotel in Cleveland after their arrival to attend the National Republican Convention." The 1936 Republican Presidential Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 9 - 12, 1936. Frank L Smith was elected as the national committeeman for Illinois in 1932. The Republican Nation Committee (RNC) consisted of one member from each state to serve for four years. The Chicago Tribune reported, May 2, 1936, on the Republican state convention to be held on May 22, 1936. "There was some discussion on who would be elected national committeeman at Cleveland by the delegates to the national nominating convention due to the arrival here of Frank L. Smith of Dwight, candidate for reelection as national committeeman from Illinois. George F. Harding, one of the original sponsors of Brooks, also is a candidate... Smith was elected committeeman four years ago through the influence of Len Small, then the Republican nominee for governor." Smith was not elected as the national committeeman, but was a delegate to the convention. Stamped on verso: "International News Photos, Chicago, Illinois."  See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size:
Original 6.5 x 8.5 B&W photograph.

S#:
0404.29.0716
   
Date: 1936

Title: Frank L. Smith, Dwight, Illinois, 1936 (1905 - S.111).

Description: Frank L. Smith, facing to the right, head lowered with a cigar in his left hand. The 1936 Republican Presidential Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio, from June 9 - 12, 1936. Frank L Smith was elected as the national committeeman for Illinois in 1932. The Republican Nation Committee (RNC) consisted of one member from each state to serve for four years. The Chicago Tribune reported, May 2, 1936, on the Republican state convention to be held on May 22, 1936. "There was some discussion on who would be elected national committeeman at Cleveland by the delegates to the national nominating convention due to the arrival here of Frank L. Smith of Dwight, candidate for reelection as national committeeman from Illinois. George F. Harding, one of the original sponsors of Brooks, also is a candidate... Smith was elected committeeman four years ago through the influence of Len Small, then the Republican nominee for governor." Smith was not elected as the national committeeman, but was a delegate to the convention. Stamped on verso: "From Acme Newspictures, Inc. Cleveland Bureau, 1200 West Third St." "6 18 36. N. E. A." See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 6.5 x 8.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0404.23.1144

   
Date: 1974

Title: The Case of Frank L. Smith, A Study in Representative Government (Hard Cover) (First published in 1931 by The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. This reprint edition published by Arno Press, A New York Times Company, New York. Part of the Series "Politics and People. The Ordeal of Self-Government in America.")

Author: Wooddy, Carroll Hill

Description: Summary: Smith, Frank Leslie, a Representative and a Senator-elect from Illinois. This book describes the political career of Frank L. Smith, who refused his Senate seat in 1926 as a result of an investigation into his campaign finances. He was the Dwight village clerk in 1894; an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor 1904; internal-revenue collector 1905-1906; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for renomination in 1920, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator; resumed his former business pursuits; chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission 1921-1926; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1926 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William B. McKinley in the term ending March 3, 1927; presented credentials as a Senator-designate but was not permitted to qualify, due to charges of "fraud and corruption" in his campaign; presented credentials as a Senator-elect to the United States Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1927, but again was not permitted to qualify and subsequently tendered his resignation on February 9, 1928; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress; member of the Republican National Committee in 1932; continued in real estate and insurance business and agricultural pursuits; chairman of the board of directors if the First National Bank of Dwight, Ill. See our Study on the Frank l. Smith Bank

Size: 5.5 x 8.75

Pages: Pp 393

S#: 1963.16.0815

   
Date: 1981

Title: Frank L. Smith Bank Side Chair, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111) 1981.

Description: Oak side chair three-quarter view, facing backward and to the right. Both front legs are turned 45 degrees and are thinner at the bottom. This photograph published in "Frank Lloyd Wright and Viollet-le-Duc", 1986, p. 54. Manufactured by John W. Ayers, Chicago. 34.5 (H) x 14 (W) x 19 (D). Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. Wright Chairs.

Size: One 4 x 5 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.108.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Possibly Frank L. Smith Bank Reclining Arm Chair, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111) 1981.

Description: Hand written on the verso: "Smith Bank?" Three-quarter view, facing backward and to the left. Very rectangular, both front legs are turned 45 degrees, much like the Frank L. Smith Bank Side Chairs. Similar to the Dana (1902), Arthur Heurtley (1902), Francis Little (1902) and Isabel Roberts (1908) reclining arm chairs. Photographed by Jerry Kobylecky. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. Wright Chairs.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.109.0413

   
Date: 1981

Title: Possibly Frank L. Smith Bank Reclining Arm Chair, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111) 1981.

Description: Hand written on the verso: "Smith Bank?" Side view, facing left. Very rectangular, both front legs are turned 45 degrees, much like the Frank L. Smith Bank Side Chairs. Similar to the Dana (1902), Arthur Heurtley (1902), Francis Little (1902) and Isabel Roberts (1908) reclining arm chairs. Photographed by Jerry Kobylecky. Acquired from Kelmscott Galleries. Wright Chairs.

Size: One 8 x 10 B&W photographs.

ST#: 1981.110.0413

   
Date: 1989

Title: Frank L. Smith Bank Chairs, Dwight, IL (1905 - S.111).

Description: Two barrel chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Frank L. Smith Bank in 1905. The chairs were manufactured by the John W. Ayers, Co., Chicago. Caption pasted on verso: "Frank Lloyd Wright designed barrel chair, from 1906." Stamped on caption "Jan 15 ‘89". Second caption pasted on verso: "Barrel Chairs designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a Dwight, Ill., bank in 1906 ($18,000 each), at Struve Gallery, 309 W. Superior St." Stamped on caption "Sep 17 ‘89". Stamped on verso: "Jan 18, 1989". Photographed by Struve Gallery. Acquired from the archived of the Chicago Tribune. See other examples of Wright designed furniture for the Frank L. Smith Bank. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W Print.

ST#: 1989.74.0811

   
Date: 1996

Title: The First National Bank of Dwight, Dwight, Illinois. 

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect. (Published by The First National Bank of Dwight, Dwight, Illinois)  Inside: In The First National Bank of Dwight, Wright created a structure that has stood the test of time and remains virtually unchanged. Initially designed to house two separate businesses, it was remodeled in the 1950's to keep abreast with modern banking conditions and the growth of the institution. The major change was the lowering of the beamed skylight ceiling in order to install air conditioning. The oak trim was removed and much of the interior limestone was covered.
     In the 1960's, the bank was remodeled again to restore the buildings original character. The dividing partition was removed to allow the bank to occupy the entire space. The original plans were used to replace the oak trim and to recreate the skylight, which is now lit through electrical means. Wright believed there was a natural and honest truth in a building's materials, the exposed brickwork, the natural strength of oak and even the exposed pillars revealing the building's structure. As a molder of form and space, Wright experienced the relationship between architecture and surrounding nature as perhaps no other architect in history, so that his buildings seem to literally grow out of their environments. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 11 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 6

ST#: 1996.61.0209

   
Flap Back Cover

Inside

   
Date: 1996

Title: First National Bank of Dwight Collection 1905-1920 (Published by the Ryerson & Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago)

Author: Ryerson & Burnham Archives

Description: The collection was given to the Burnham Library in 1969 by the First National Bank of Dwight, Illinois. The collection contains approximately four hundred items. See Wright Study on the Frank L. Smith Bank.

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 9

ST#: 1996.60.0309

   
SEE WRIGHT STUDY ON FRANK L. SMITH BANK
   

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