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NAKOMA CLUBHOUSE / NAKOMA AND NAKOMIS (1923/1924)
     
     
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures." A comprehensive study of Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and the Nakoma and Nakomis Sculptures. In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright presented drawings for a clubhouse to the Nakoma Country Club, which was adjacent to the Nakoma subdivision in Madison, Wisconsin. Nakoma was a Chippewa word that meant “I do as I promise.” A form of the name appeared in Longfellow’s poem “Song of Hiawatha,” 1856. The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse “the most unique building of its kind in America.” It would take nearly 75 years for this masterpiece to come to fruition. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and Sculptures, A Historic Perspective” sheds light on their inception, terra-cotta, bronze and granite sculptures, an apprentice prince, exhibitions and finally completion. Nearly 100 images. Available mid-March, 2014.
   
   
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Date: 1926

Title: Nakoma and Nakomis models for the Memorial Gateway project, 1924.

Description: In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. These models created by Wright were photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. But the project was rejected due to the cost. Wright refused to scale down the plans, and the Gateway project was abandoned. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-101791. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 5.75 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.17.0613

   
Date: 1926

Title: Nakoma model for the Memorial Gateway project, 1924.

Description: Enlargement of Nakoma model from original 1926 image. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. These models created by Wright were photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. But the project was rejected due to the cost. Wright refused to scale down the plans, and the Gateway project was abandoned. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-101791. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.18.0314

   
Date: 1926

Title: Nakomis model for the Memorial Gateway project, 1924.

Description: Enlargement of Nakomis model from original 1926 image. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. These models created by Wright were photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. But the project was rejected due to the cost. Wright refused to scale down the plans, and the Gateway project was abandoned. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-101791. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 0172.19.0314

   
Date: 1927

Title: Color Sketches: Spain, France, England. A Series of Thirty Sketches Made by Mr. Morgan in a Trip to Europe. 1926. (Published by Western Architect, Chicago)

Author: Morgan, Charles L.; An Introduction by Newcomb, Rexford

Description: "A sketching trip through England, France and Spain with Charles L. Morgan! What could be more fascinating? ...Of the brilliancy, the fidelity, or the excellence of Mr. Morgan’s work there is no necessity to write... Mr. Morgan possesses a talent in many respects the equal of the great English artist... But one naturally reverts to the truly remarkable results achieved by the artist n the limited time at his disposal..." (Introduction, May Day 1927). Wright was working on the National Life Insurance Company project in 1924-25 and sought Morgan out to prepare a series of perspective drawings of the design. During the destruction of Midway Gardens in 1929, Wright asked Morgan to assist him with an illustrated essay to be published in the Chicago Daily News. In 1930 Morgan cast sets of Wright’s Nakoma and Nakomis. He later became an associate of Wright’s in the early 1930s. Portfolio of 30 prints, 20 in color and 10 B&W. Portfolio is stiff paper covered in a dark red cloth printed front and back with gold ink. Portfolio forms pocket for prints. Four page insert. (First Edition) See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8.75 x 11.75

Pages: Pp 4 +30

S#: 0198.08.1112

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma Model at Taliesin West, circa 1929.

Description: View 1, facing toward the left. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. Models were created by Wright and photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930 by Charles L. Morgan. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. According to Oskar Munuz and Doug Volker, Taliesin West, this white plaster figure was most likely created for used in creating the 1929 terra cotta sets, not the original figure photographed in 1926. Note the left arm of father (right side) where it intersects with the son’s head. The arm in this model closer to the base of the neck then the back of the head, as in the 1926 photograph. Photographed in June, 2013 by Oskar Munuz, Taliesin West. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.12.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma Model at Taliesin West, circa 1929.

Description: View 2, facing slightly toward the left. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. Models were created by Wright and photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930 by Charles L. Morgan. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. According to Oskar Munuz and Doug Volker, Taliesin West, this white plaster figure was most likely created for used in creating the 1929 terra cotta sets, not the original figure photographed in 1926. Note the left arm of father (right side) where it intersects with the son’s head. The arm in this model closer to the base of the neck then the back of the head, as in the 1926 photograph. Photographed in June, 2013 by Oskar Munuz, Taliesin West. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.13.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma Model at Taliesin West, circa 1929.

Description: View 3, facing forward. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. Models were created by Wright and photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930 by Charles L. Morgan. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. According to Oskar Munuz and Doug Volker, Taliesin West, this white plaster figure was most likely created for used in creating the 1929 terra cotta sets, not the original figure photographed in 1926. Note the left arm of father (right side) where it intersects with the son’s head. The arm in this model closer to the base of the neck then the back of the head, as in the 1926 photograph. Photographed in June, 2013 by Oskar Munuz, Taliesin West. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.14.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma Model at Taliesin West, circa 1929.

Description: View 4, facing right. In 1923 Wright was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Golf Club, Madison, Wisc. In 1924 he was commissioned to design the Memorial Gateway to the Nakoma subdivision, which at the time was on the outskirts of Madison. Wright’s plans were well received by the Madison Realty Company. Models were created by Wright and photographed on August 3, 1926 at Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin for Franz A. Aust, by Melvin E. Diemer. Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930 by Charles L. Morgan. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. According to Oskar Munuz and Doug Volker, Taliesin West, this white plaster figure was most likely created for used in creating the 1929 terra cotta sets, not the original figure photographed in 1926. Note the left arm of father (right side) where it intersects with the son’s head. The arm in this model closer to the base of the neck then the back of the head, as in the 1926 photograph. Photographed in June, 2013 by Oskar Munuz, Taliesin West. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.15.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma gilded Terra-cotta Sculpture 1929.

Description: Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. Of interest is Charles L. Morgan’s involvement to create "a few black sets" of the Nakoma and Nakomis in 1930. (Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison, 1990, page 88). On March 3, 2008, this Nakoma Sculpture was sold at Treadway Gallery, Chicago. Unglazed terra-cotta, painted gold, impressed "Frank Lloyd Wright" inscription to base. It was given as a gift to the seller in August 1942. Height is 12.25". Price realized $2,800 plus 22% buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Treadway Gallery. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph

S#: 0228.16.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma and Nakomis Terra-cotta Figures 1929.

Description: Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. Of interest is Charles L. Morgan’s involvement to create "a few black sets" of the Nakoma and Nakomis in 1930. (Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison, 1990, page 88). On June 13, 2002, these sculpture were sold at Christie's Auction, "Important 20th Century Decorative arts Including Tiffany". Nakoma (left) 12.25 in. high, Nakomis (right) 18in. high, each impressed with Frank Lloyd Wright monogram. Price realized $5,975 plus buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Christie's, New York. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.17.0314

   
Date: 1929

Title: Nakoma and Nakomis plaster sculptures circa 1929.

Description: "Nakoma and Nakomis, depicting the curvilinear Nakoma with children, holding a vessel, and Nakomis standing, wearing a headdress and teaching his son to take the bow to the Sun God. Impressed box signature. Nakoma (left) 12" high, Nakomis (right) 16" high. Break bow and arrow." On December 7, 2013, this set sold at the Treadway Toomey auction. Price realized $2,750 plus 22% buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Treadway Toomey Gallery. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0228.18.0314

   
Date: 1930

Title: Nakoma black glazed Terra-cotta Sculpture circa 1930.

Description: Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. Of interest is Charles L. Morgan’s involvement to create "a few black sets" of the Nakoma and Nakomis in 1930. (Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison, 1990, page 88). This sculpture is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Acquired from and courtesy of V&A Museum. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0249.35.0314

   
Date: 1930

Title: Nakoma black glazed Terra-cotta Sculpture circa 1930.

Description: Terra-cotta Nakoma and Nakomis sets were created in 1929-1930. Frank Lloyd Wright’s project number for the Nakoma Sculptures was 2906, dating it as 1929. Of interest is Charles L. Morgan’s involvement to create "a few black sets" of the Nakoma and Nakomis in 1930. (Frank Lloyd Wright and Madison, 1990, page 88). On June 9, 1999, this sculpture were sold at Christie's Auction, "20th Century Decorative Arts". 12. in. high. Price realized $2,185 plus buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Christie's, New York. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 0249.36.0314

   
Date: 1955

Title: Nakomis Sculpture, gilded concrete, 1955.

Description: During the early 1950s, when he was 21, Prince Giovanni Del Drago became an apprentice at Taliesin. His interests were architecture and the arts. As an apprentice, he reproduced the Nakoma and Nakomis sculptures. "I remember working on them in Arizona during the winter of 1955-1956 under Mr. Wright’s guidance, casting them in concrete and gilding them in the studio of a sculptor in Phoenix," he recalled. Photographed in 2013 at Taliesin, Spring Green, by Tom Waddell. This Nakomis Sculpture stands 44 inches tall. Acquired from and courtesy of Tom Waddell, Spring Green, Wisc. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 1092.66.0314

   
Date: 1955

Title: Nakoma Sculpture, gilded concrete, 1955.

Description: During the early 1950s, when he was 21, Prince Giovanni Del Drago became an apprentice at Taliesin. His interests were architecture and the arts. As an apprentice, he reproduced the Nakoma and Nakomis sculptures. "I remember working on them in Arizona during the winter of 1955-1956 under Mr. Wright’s guidance, casting them in concrete and gilding them in the studio of a sculptor in Phoenix," he recalled. Photographed in 2013 at Taliesin, Spring Green, by Tom Waddell. This Nakoma Sculpture stands 36 inches tall. Acquired from and courtesy of Tom Waddell, Spring Green, Wisc. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 1092.67.0314

   
Date: 1955

Title: Schumacher/Heritage-Henredon Dining Room 1955.

Description: This is a copy of the photograph published in the "Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper," Schumacher/Wright, 1955, as an example of "Design No. 705" fabric and wallpaper. A similar design was used in 2001 at the Nakoma Clubhouse, Cleo, CA. The furniture was produced by Heritage-Henredon, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The buffet cabinet in the background is a combination of three small chests, No. 2002 (L), 2003 and 2001 (R). The table appears to be possibly a prototype of the dining room tables to come. The legs are correct, with the bullnose outer edge and carved patterned design. The round table top has the bullnose edge, but no design. To date, we have seen rectangular table tops as well as other furniture with the decorative design, but the round table tops, No. 2000 and 2001, are trimmed with copper moulding. The chairs do not appear to be designed by Wright, and were possibly used due to the lack of samples at the time. There is a note in House Beautiful, November, 1955, p.282 which might shed some light in explaining the discrepancies. "Much of this merchandise was not available for photograph as this issue went to press..." (Thanks to Peter Kelley, MassModern for his insight.) See additional information about the Nakoma Clubhouse.

Size: 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1092.93.0416

   
Date: 1955

Title: Schumacher/Heritage-Henredon Dining Room 1955.

Description: This is a copy of the photograph published in House Beautiful, November, 1955, p.283. Drapes and wallpaper are "Design No. 705", "Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper," Schumacher/Wright, 1955, fabric and wallpaper. A similar design was used in 2001 at the Nakoma Clubhouse, Cleo, CA. The furniture was produced by Heritage-Henredon, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The buffet cabinet in the background is a combination of four small chests (L to R), No. 2003, 2002, 2003 and 2001. The shelf was an optional add-on. The table appears to be possibly a prototype of the dining room tables to come. The legs are correct, with the bullnose outer edge and carved patterned design. The round table top has the bullnose edge, but no design. To date, we have seen rectangular table tops as well as other furniture with the decorative design, but the round table tops, No. 2000 and 2001, are trimmed with copper moulding. The bench is No. 1904. There is a note in House Beautiful, November, 1955, p.282 which might shed some light in explaining the discrepancies. "Much of this merchandise was not available for photograph as this issue went to press..." (Thanks to Peter Kelley, MassModern for his insight.) See additional information about the Nakoma Clubhouse.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 1092.94.0416

   
Date: 1974

Title: Nakomis Sculpture, Bronze 1974.

Description: Thomas Hubbard contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and was granted a license to produce bronze sculptures in December 1973. The first bronze sets were produced in 1974 by the Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico. The original list price was $1,650 per set. On September 29, 2007, this sculpture were sold at Altermann Galleries, Sante Fe, NM. 18 in. high. Provenance: The Estate of the native American artist RC Gorman. Price realized $2,180 plus buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Altermann Galleries, Sante Fe, NM. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 1963.14.0314

   
Date: 1974

Title: Nakoma Sculpture, Bronze 1974.

Description: Thomas Hubbard contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and was granted a license to produce bronze sculptures in December 1973. The first bronze sets were produced in 1974 by the Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, New Mexico. The original list price was $1,650 per set. On September 29, 2007, this sculpture were sold at Altermann Galleries, Sante Fe, NM. 12 in. high. Provenance: The Estate of the native American artist RC Gorman. Price realized $2,160 plus buyers premium. Acquired from and courtesy of Altermann Galleries, Sante Fe, NM. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

S#: 1963.15.0314

   
Date: 1974

Title: Nakoma, Nakomis, Winnebago Indian Memorials: Two Sculptures by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1924; Bronze Edition, 1974.

Author: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Hubbard Associates

Description: Pamphlet includes a short biography on Wright, examples of Wright's Dana House, Midway Gardens and Imperial Hotel sculptures, Wright's original drawings of the Nakoma and Nakomis, and photographs of the two new bronze sculptures. On Wright's original drawing of the female squaw, the name Nakomis is clearly written twice, while on the drawing of the male chief there is no writing at all. This lead to the misconception that Nakoma was the Indian chief. (First Edition)  (Sweeney 1942) See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8 x 9"

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 1942.00.1004

   
Date: 1974

Title: Related Item:  Nakoma-Nakomis, Winnebago Indian Memorials: Two Sculptures by Frank Lloyd Wright 1924

Author: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Hubbard Associates

Description: Small Poster or Card announcing the exhibit or sale of the two sculptures. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 1

ST#: 1942.01.1201

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Resort & Spa Executive Desk Compass 2001.

Description: Etched on top: "Nakoma Resort & Spa, 1924-2001." Label on bottom: "Compass - Executive Desk $34.00. GNRWI380. Label on compass: "Made in Taiwan, Republic of China." The Nakoma Clubhouse was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in1923 but never executed. The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse "the most unique building of its kind in America." It would take nearly 75 years for this masterpiece to come to fruition. Resurrected by the Taliesin Architects and the Garners, it was finally built in 2001. Original list price $34.00.

Size: 3.4 x 3.4 x1".

ST#: 2001.59.0415

   
  2001 Nakoma Clubhouse Furniture and Fabric. During the beginning of June, 2015, we were notified that the Nakoma Gold Resort in Clio, California, was retiring and selling off the original furniture designed by John Rattenbury and the Taliesin Architects in 2001. Like the collaboration between Frank Lloyd Wright and George Niedecken during the beginning of the nineteenth century, Rattenburg also worked with Wright. John Rattenbury became a member of the Taliesin Fellowship in 1950, worked closely with Frank Lloyd Wright for nearly a decade. He worked on 60 of Wrights projects, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Gammage Auditorium and the Marin County Civic Center.
       In 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Lykes Residence, his last residential work. As John Rattenbury describes it, "After studying the topographic map, Wright set it aside for a while and worked on other projects. He always allowed an idea to germinate before committing to it to paper. The next morning he quickly sketched a plan on the map... With a panoramic view in mind, and considering the shape of the natural plateau, he drew two overlapping circles... After a while, Wright got up from his desk and walked out of the studio. He never returned. The next day he was in the hospital with an intestinal problem..." A Living Architecture, Rattenbury, 2000, p.247-250. Working drawings were completed in 1966 by Rattenbury, who had worked closely with Mr. Wright on the initial plans and supervised the construction of the home. He designed the furniture and built-ins, adapted from the original plans created by Wright before his death....  Continue...
   
Date: 2001

Title: Schumacher Fabric.

Description: The Nakoma chairs were upholstered in Schumacher’s "Imperial Triangle," teal, beige (rose) and ivory. It was first manufactured in 1986, and is reminiscent of "Design No. 705," Schumacher/ Wright, 1955. In 1955, Schumacher, in collaboration with Frank Lloyd Wright, produced "Schumacher’s Taliesin Line of Decorative Fabrics and Wallpaper" sample book. Design No. 705 Fabric Samples included Champagne, Willow Green, Gold, Pink, Turquoise, Granite and Tan. Matching wallpaper was available. In 1987, Schumacher, working with the Frank Lloyd Wright foundation, produced "Frank Lloyd Wright, A collection of Wallcoverings, Companion Fabrics and Borders" sample book. Colors included Taupe (warm beige), Pewter, Seafoam (ivory with light green triangles), Tan and Copper. Although there was matching fabric and borders, the design was different. Photographs of "Liberty Weave" appeared in the earlier "Frank Lloyd Wright: Schumacher" 1886, there were no fabric samples of it in 1987. Three bolts of fabric, 56" wide, teal, beige (rose) and ivory. See additional photographs...

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (25-27)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Barrel Chair, 2001.

Description: "What we need today is that art shall have a new direction and artists consider the possibilities of an easy chair or the fireplace quite as important as the house itself or the picture on its walls, to the end that everything may contribute to easy utility and quiet beauty to the end, for it is not in itself that a thing is chiefly beautiful but in its relationships." — Frank Lloyd Wright, "Art in the Home." Arts for America, June, 1898, p.581. Frank Lloyd Wright first designed the barrel chair for the Darwin Martin Residence (1904). In 1905, he designed a barrel chair for the Frank L. Smith Bank. Slight modifications were made to the Martin design for the H. F. Johnson Jr. Residence, Wingspread (1937). He liked the design so much that when the order was placed for Johnson, he ordered a dozen for Taliesin. Constructed of solid wood and plywood, the design of the Nakoma barrel chairs utilizes five sides of the octagon. Chairs were upholstered in Schumacher’s "Imperial Triangle," teal, beige and ivory. It was first manufactured in 1986, and is reminiscent of "Design No. 705," Schumacher/ Wright, 1955. Chairs were also upholstered in Liberty Weave, Schumacher Series 89690 (1986) and burgundy vinyl. Four barrel chairs, two in beige, two in vinyl.  See additional photographs...

Size: 27.5" wide x 27.5" deep x 28.5" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (1-4)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Dining Room Chair, 2001.

Description: Constructed of solid wood and plywood, Chairs repeat the octagon footprint of the Nakoma Clubhouse "Wigwam." The shape of the wigwam’s clerestory art glass windows is inverted and incorporated into the design on the back of the chairs, and are accented with patinated copper triangles. Chairs were upholstered in Schumacher’s "Imperial Triangle," teal, beige and ivory. It was first manufactured in 1986, and is reminiscent of "Design No. 705," Schumacher/Wright, 1955. Fourteen chairs, eight ivory, three in beige, three in teal. See additional photographs...

Size: 21" wide x 21" deep x 40" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (5-18)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Large Dining Room Table, 2001. 

Description: Constructed of solid wood and plywood. The Nakoma table legs are not just legs, but a design that masters space. Tables are very functional. Place dining room table end to end, and you have an eight, twelve or sixteen foot table. See additional photographs...

Size: 42" wide x 42" deep x 30" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (19)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Medium Table, 2001.

Description: Constructed of solid wood and plywood. The Nakoma table legs are not just legs, but a design that masters space. See additional photographs...

Size: 30" wide x 30" deep x 30" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (20)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Small End Table, 2001.

Description: Constructed of solid wood and plywood. The Nakoma table legs are not just legs, but a design that masters space. See additional photographs...

Size: 22.5" wide x 22.5" deep x 25" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (21)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Plant Stand, 2001.

Description: Constructed of solid wood and plywood, the plant stand repeats the octagon footprint of the Nakoma Clubhouse "Wigwam." See additional photographs...

Size: 15" wide x 15" deep x 42" high.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (22)

   
Date: 2001

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Dining Room Carpet, 2001.

Description: Custom hand-knotted carpets from China surrounded the massive fireplace in the main "Wigwam" Dining Room. The carpet design was adapted by Rattenbury from Frank Lloyd Wright’s original plans. Gold, green, red and light blue. Two pieces. See additional photographs...

Size: Four feet wide by almost fifteen feet long.

ST#: 2001.68.0316 (23-24)

   
Date: 2002

Title: Nakoma Clubhouse Dining Room 2002.

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923, the Nakoma Clubhouse was not completed until May 2001. Wright’s plans were adapted by the Taliesin Architects, headed by lead architect Arnold Roy. At the center of Wright's design is the octagonal "Wigwam Room" and the majestic stone "Campfire" incorporating two rotated squares. Surrounding the room above the walls on all eight sides of the interior is a 17-foot high intricate Indian-motif frieze accented by art glass clerestory windows. Photographed by Mary E. Nichols. Published in the November 2002 issue of Architectural Digest. Acquired from and courtesy of Architectural Digest.

Size: 8 x 10 Color photograph.

ST#: 2002.03.0314

   
Date: 2002

Title: Nakoma Resort and Spa at Gold Mountain (Circa 2002).

Description: Informational brochure pertain to the new resort. "At the age of 57, Wright designed Nakoma clubhouse at the request of the Nakoma Country Club’s members. It was to be located in Madison, Wisconsin but never came to fruition. Nakoma was described the Club’s membership as having ‘originality and dignity and a feeling of a truly outdoor country club that should encourage a spirit of democracy and good fellowship among the membership.’ " Includes twelve photographs and a 3.75 x 8.75 loose Reply Card. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 4 x 9.

Pages: Pp 12

ST#: 2002.99.0711

   

Detail: Nakoma (left) and Nakomis (right)

Date: 2004

Title: Nakoma and Nakomis

Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright

Description: Nakoma Sculpture Reproduction (On the left), Circa 2004. "Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923-1924 for the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin, to be 16 feet tall. The Nakoma sculpture is a curvilinear design, symbolic of the earth and Mother Nature as well as domestic virtue. Her back is a continuous circle, with a round head and she holds a round bowl. Nakoma also carries a papoose and has a child at her side. Produced by Nichols Bros. Stoneworks, Woodinville, Washington. Authenticated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Cream Reconstituted Stone. 70 pounds. Gift from Paul Diederichs.

Nakomis Sculpture Reproduction (On the right), Circa 2004. "Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923-1924 for the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin, to be 18 feet tall. The Native American warrior, Nakomis, is a rectilinear design – Proud, angular and striking. With a commanding, fatherly presence he teaches his son to shoot with a bow and arrow." Produced by Nichols Bros. Stoneworks, Woodinville, Washington. Authenticated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Cream Reconstituted Stone. 99 pounds. Gift from Paul Diederichs. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: Nakoma: 24" high. Nakomis 36" high.

ST#: 2004.61.0605, 2004.62.0605

   
Date: 2013

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and Sculptures (Published by Milbourn Publishing Co., Edmonds, WA)

Author: Steiner, Douglas M.

Description: A comprehensive study of Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and the Nakoma and Nakomis Sculptures. In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright presented drawings for a clubhouse to the Nakoma Country Club, which was adjacent to the Nakoma subdivision in Madison, Wisconsin. Nakoma was a Chippewa word that meant "I do as I promise." The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse "the most unique building of its kind in America." It would take nearly 75 years for this masterpiece to come to fruition. "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and Sculptures, A Historic Perspective" sheds light on their inception, terra-cotta, bronze and granite sculptures, an apprentice prince, exhibitions and finally completion. Nearly 100 images. (First Edition) To Order.

Size: 11 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 60

ST#: 2013.06.0414

   
Date: 2016

Title: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and Sculptures (Published by Milbourn Publishing Co., Edmonds, WA) (First Edition, Second Printing)

Author: Steiner, Douglas M.

Description: A comprehensive study of Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and the Nakoma and Nakomis Sculptures. In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright presented drawings for a clubhouse to the Nakoma Country Club, which was adjacent to the Nakoma subdivision in Madison, Wisconsin. Nakoma was a Chippewa word that meant "I do as I promise." The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse "the most unique building of its kind in America." It would take nearly 75 years for this masterpiece to come to fruition. "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Nakoma Clubhouse and Sculptures, A Historic Perspective" sheds light on their inception, terra-cotta, bronze and granite sculptures, an apprentice prince, exhibitions and finally completion. Nearly 100 images. (First Edition, Second Printing) To Order.

Size: 11 x 8.5

Pages: Pp 60

ST#: 2016.04.0816

   
   
   
FAIRWAYS & GREENS
   
Date: 2001

Title: Fairways & Greens - July 2001 (Offprint)

Author: Williams, Vic

Description: "Nakoma. Gold Mountain reveals the ‘Wright’ way to build a world-class Sierra resort. Frank Lloyd Wright was both a born-and-bread Midwesterner and a man of the world. Though he grew up on the relatively flat landscape of his native Wisconsin, he had an innate affinity for the geography and geometry of the American West – the acute, soaring angularity of its mountains, its almost unfathomable distances, its boundless lines of sight. It was as if he had the West in his blood even before he’d set foot on its soil..." Includes 10 photographs. Gift from Kathryn Smith. See our Wright Study. See our Wright study on the Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures.

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 8

ST#:
2001.69.0616
   
   
   
GOLF & LIFESTYLE
 
Date: 2010

Title: Golf & Lifestyle - September/October 2010 (Published by Golf & Lifestyle Magazine, LLC, Sacramento, CA)

Author: Stewart, Bobbi

Description: The Reawakening of the Dragon Nakoma Golf Resort. The beautiful and pristine land of Gold Mountain has been housing a magnificent sleeping giant for far to long. After over five years of upheaval and bankruptcy court, the Nakoma golf Resort has been sold, and the ‘reawakening’ of The Dragon Golf Course has begun... Nakoma... Golf Resort opened in 200, but the architectural concept was conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1923. Mr. Wright designed the 23,000 square foot clubhouse for the planned Nakoma Golf Club located in Wisconsin..." Includes eight photographs by Mary Burroughs. Original cover price $4.99.

Size: 9 x 10.9

Pages: Pp Cover 8 28-33

ST#: 2010.18.0314

   
   
   
STONE & TILE DESIGN
 
Date: 2002

Title: Stone & Tile Design - Fall 2002

Author: Adams, Jennifer

Description: Resurrecting Wright’s Vision. Original 1920s design for the Nakoma Country Club built in Northern California.

Size:

Pages: Pp 62-66

ST#: 2002.33.1002

   
   
   
JOURNAL OF HISTORIC MADISON
 
Date: 1982

Title: The Journal of Historic Madison, Inc., of Wisconsin, Volume VII: 1981-82 (Published annually by Historic Madison, Inc., Wisconsin)

Author: Hamilton, Mary Jane

Description: "Wright’s Nakoma Country Club: An Unrealized Madison Masterpiece. ...One of the most interesting of these unbuilt designs is the 1923-24 plan for the Nakoma County Club.... The use in the Nakoma project of non-rectangular rooms, pointed, tepee-like roof forms, textile block construction, brilliant exterior color, and gravity heat offers the basis for several comparisons with earlier Wright designs..." Includes six photographs and illustrations. Original cover price $3.50.

Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pages: Pp Cover, 2-14

ST#: 1982.40.1012

   
   
   

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