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ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH (1956 - S.399)
 



Date: Circa 1958

Title: Greek Orthodox Church, For The Milwaukee Hellenic (Soft Cover) (Published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale)

Author: Vergis, E. N.; Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: During December, 1955 the Perish Council selected Frank Lloyd Wright to design their church buildings. According to John Ottenheimer, "I have a strong recollection of the morning in August of 1956, in the drafting room in Wisconsin, when Mr. Wright came in and said, 'There are two things which have been on my mind quite a while which I want to draw this morning.' I put a clean sheet of drafting paper on Mr. Wright’s table, sharpened his wooden pencil with a pocket knife, and Mr. Wright proceeded to draw the original plan and elevation of the Greek church, to scale, with T-square, triangles and compasses. This took about an hour. Of course, he had the design already complete in his mind before he started to draw. At that point he turned his original design drawing over to Jack Howe to lay out a set of more finished drawings at a larger scale which he then would work on to complete the design drawings for a presentation to the Greek community." Frank Lloyd Wright's first drawings of the church were dated August 1956. "New World Odyssey," Gurda, 1986. (NWO) p.58-9. Additional presentation drawings dated September 1956, (NWO) p.60-61. The presentation drawing used on the cover of the booklet are dated 1958 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, (NWO) p.68-69. The committee accepted preliminary drawings and signed an agreement with Wright on September 8, 1956, and Wright was notified in October, 1956. Additional drawings on pages 2, 4-5, 6, 8-9, 10-11 of the pamphlet are dated 1958 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, NWO p.79, 81, 82. The purpose of this pamphlet was to promote building the church as well as raise funds for the building. "It is the sacred and loving obligation of every single one of us, now... to contribute generously to the building fund, in order that Mr. Wright’s creation may become a reality..." p.4.

Size: 9.25 x 7

Pages: Pp 12

S#:
1259.58.0118
   
Date: 1958  (Document)

Title: Original Specifications: Church for the Milwaukee Hellenic Community.

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: 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. Authenticity Prairie Avenue Bookstore.

Size:

Pages: Pp 158

S#: 1221.03.0902

   
   
   
Date: 1959 (Photograph)

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1956 - S.399).

Description: Caption on face: "Milwaukee, May 18 – Architect’s widow speaks – Standing before an outdoor alter, Mrs. Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, widow of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, addresses members of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at a groundbreaking ceremony in suburban Wauwatosa for a new church designed by her late husband. Behind her, wearing clerical robe, is the Rev. E. N. Vergis, Annunciation pastor. Mrs. Wright helped turn the first shovelful of earth. (AP Wirephoto) 1959." Published in "New World Odyssey", Gurda, 1986, p 89.

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1377.53.0911

   
Date: 1961

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1961 (S.399 - 1956).

Description: Panoramic view of the Cross, Mall and Church. The church was designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, built in 1961. Verso: "Greek Orthodox Church of The Annunciation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Panoramic view of Church, Mall and Cross. Photograph by John Amarantides, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Kolorvue by Artvue Post Card Co., 225 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. #14581."

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#:
1483.33.1112
   
Date: 1961 (Postcard)

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Description: “Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Erected - 1961 - seating capacity 800.”  (From an Ektachrome Transparency. Published by The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, Wis.  #112-Z, #56292-B) 

Size: 5.5 x 3.5

S#: 1483.04.0606

   


Date: 1961

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Set of Four Prints 1961 (1956 - S.399).

Description: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, the ground breaking ceremony took place a month after Wrights death on May 18, 1959, in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee. The church was dedicated on July 2, 1961. Set of four color photographed in 1961 after the completion of the church. 1)  Top Left: View of the church from the Southeast.  2) Top Right: Stylized cross designed by Frank Lloyd Wright stands at the Entrance.  3) Bottom Left: View of the interior balcony and sanctuary. The alter is to the right. The stairway wraps around a light tree.  4) Bottom Right: Detail of the stairway light tree. Stamped on verso: "October 1961."

Size: Four 5 x 7 color photographs.

S#:
1483.31.0415 (A-D)
   
Date: 1965

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Chancel and Alter 1965 (1956 - S.399).

Description: View of the Alter, set near the rear of the Chancel (the area at the front of a church near the altar, reserved for the clergy and choir, and typically separated from the auditorium by a screen). The church, including the alter was designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956. Stamped on verso: "1965 Aug 10." Hand Written on verso: "Young America, Annunciation Greek. (Milw. Sentinel - Young America Week.) Clipping pasted to verso: "Father Emanuel N. Vergis explains features of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox church to tour guides of the Senior Greek Orthodox Youth Association. Left to right they are: Peter Petroll, jr, of Waukesha; Zoe Niklos; Mrs. Petroll; Kelly Lenardos, of 9020 West Grantosa drive, Wauwatosa, and Nick Koremenos, of 3656 West Menomonee River parkway, Wauwatosa. The church was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. – Sentinel Photo." Stamped on clipping: "Aug 28 1965. Sentinel." Acquired from the archives of the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Size: Original 10 x 7.5 B&W photograph.

S#:
1628.56.0617
   
Date: 1967 (Postcard)

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Description: "Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Erected 1961 - seating capacity 800." 112-Z, 97070.  Published by The L.L. Cook Co., Milwaukee, Wisc.  Booklet of twelve images, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  From an Ektachrome Transparency. 

Size: 3.75 x 2.8

S#: 1720.04.0207

   
Date: Circa 1970? (Postcard)

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Circa 1970? (S.399 - 1956).

Description: Face: "Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church". Verso: "Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wisconsin born architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s last major work, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, is now a famed Milwaukee landmark. C. J. Wilson Photo." Published by the Scofield Souvenir & Postcard Co., Germantown, Wisc. MW5, P314824. Plastichrome by Colourpicture, Boston, Mass. 02130. Wavy or scalloped edges date back to the 1950's.

Size: 6 x 4

S#: 1846.15.0811

   
Date: 1970

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1956 - S.399) 1970.

Description: Caption on face: "From: Jim Chatfield. American Gas Association, 605 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016. Milwaukee - A futuristic Frank Lloyd Wright - designed church here frames The Blue Flame before its departure for Houston, where it will be premiered April 28 at the Southern Gas Association annual convention. The first showing of the natural gas industry’s world land speed record vehicle be at Houston’s Astroworld. The rocket-engine vehicle is 38 feet long, weighs 4,950 lbs., and is fueled by liquefied natural gas." Stamped on verso: "Central Press Association. May 6 - 1970."

Size: Original 10 x 8 B&W photograph.

S#: 1846.26.0814

   
Date: 1971

Title: William Wesley Peters, 1971.

Description: Caption on face: "Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 12 – No comment on Khrushchev’s death – The daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana, and her husband, William Wesley Peters, stand with their four-month-old daughter, Olga, today at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church today in Milwaukee. Svetlana refused to comment on the death of former Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev when questioned yesterday. Peters, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, was on hand for consecration ceremonies at the Wright designed church. (AP Wirephoto) 1971." Stamped on verso: "Sep 15 1971." Hand written on verso: "Mrs. William Wesley Peters (Lana)."

Size: Original 8 x 10 B&W photograph.

S#: 1867.12.1113

   
  Date: 1971

Title: Olgivanna Lloyd Wright,

Description: Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright at the consecration ceremony of William Wesley Peters’ four-month old baby at the Wright designed Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is wearing a white coat and had, hands folded in front of her, looking intently at the speaker. Clipping pasted to verso: "Mrs. Olgivanna Wright." Stamped on clipping: "Mo Sep 13 1971. Sentinel." Hand Written on verso: "(Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright) wife of architect." Stamped on verso: "Ronald Overdahl." Note, the women wearing the dress to the left, is seen in the photograph S#1867.12. Photographed by Ronald Overdahl. Acquired from the archives of the Milwaukee Sentinel.

Size: Original 8.5 x 11 B&W photograph.

S#:
1867.20.0819
Date: 1980 (Book)

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,1980 Parish Directory (Published by Marick Publications, Lisle, Ill)

Author: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Description: Directory includes Staff, Parish Council and church family. Cover includes photographic detail. Included with directory is the 1980 Financial Report. Gift from Randolph C. Henning. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 20

ST#: 1980.22.0709

   
Date: 1981 (Book)

Title: Mortgage Burning Celebration (Published by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, WI)

Author: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

Description: Program for the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Mortgage Burning Celebration. Saturday, September 12, 1981 at the Pfister Hotel. Gift from Randolph C. Henning. (First Edition)

Size: 8.5 x 11.

Pages: Pp 8

ST#: 1981.18.0709

   
Date: 1986 (Book)

Title: New World Odyssey, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Frank Lloyd Wright  (Soft Cover)

Author: Gurda, John

Description: Original SC List Price $14.00.  (First Edition)

Size:

Pages: Pp 134

ST#: 1986.07.0601

   
Date: 1989

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 1989 (1956 - S.399).

Description: Greek festival held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Clipping pasted to verso: "Grecian Summer – Festival fans walked the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 9400 W. Congress St., at the churches 25th annual Greek festival. The event features music, food, jewelry, ethnic dancing and tours of the landmark church, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The festival runs through 10 p.m. Sunday. Journal photo by Gary Porter." Stamped on: "Gary Porter." "1989 Jul 8." "Journal/Sentinel, Inc. Milwaukee, WI." Acquired from the archives of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Size: Original 10 x 6.75 B&W photograph.

ST#:
1989.113.0819
   
Date: 1990

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Exterior Circa 1990 (1956 - S.399).

Description: 1) Viewed of the exterior. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in 1956. Label on sleeve: "Greek Orthodox Church by FLW, 1955-56, exterior."

Size: Original 35mm Color slide and 5 x 8 high res digital image.

ST#:
1990.149.0818-1
   
Date: 1990

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Exterior Circa 1990 (1956 - S.399).

Description: 2) Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Interior Circa 1990 (1956 - S.399). Viewed of the interior. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in 1956. Label on sleeve: "Greek Orthodox Church by FLW, 1955-56, interior."

Size: Original 35mm Color slide and 5 x 8 high res digital image.

ST#:
1990.149.0818-2
   
Date: 1992

Title: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1992 (1956 - S.399).

Description: Viewed from the South. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, the ground breaking ceremony took place a month after Wrights death on May 18, 1959, in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee. The church was dedicated on July 2, 1961. Clipping pasted to verso: "Two of Frank Lloyd Wright's most visible works in southeastern Wisconsin our Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa and the Johnson Administration Center, with its Great Workroom in Racine." Stamped on clipping: "Su Jun 28 1992."

Size: Original 10 x 6.75 B&W photograph.

ST#:
1992.125.0919
   
   
   
AUDIOVISUALS
 
Date: 2005

Title: Sacred Spaces. The Houses of Worship Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (Produced by The Real Shop Productions)

Author: The Real Shop Productions

Description: DVD. "Frank Lloyd Wright has long been regarded as America's greatest architect. Famous for such works as the Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, Wright designed over 1,000 buildings during his 70-year career. Sacred Spaces examines his brilliant, but less well-known, houses of worship. Featuring the classical music that Wright most admired, this fascinating documentary showcases all ten religious structures that were created for a wide range of faiths. Wright's uniquely American designs were hugely influential in the field of engineering, and groundbreaking in the way they incorporated natural surroundings. Perhaps the greatest testament to Wright's impact is the fact that active congregations still use each of these structures today...." Original list price $29.95.

Size: 53 Minutes

ST#:
2005.43.0516
   
   
   
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