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THE NEW THEATRE
 

The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The concept for the "New Theatre for Woodstock" was finally executed in Dallas and the Dallas Theater Center opened with registration and classes on September 9, 1959 and its first production on December 27, 1959.

 
NewTheater1949 1.jpg (51569 bytes) Date: January 26 - February 27, 1949

Title: The New Theatre - Special Exhibition, January 26 - February 27, 1949.  The Architectural Model, Plan, Renderings of:  (Project for Hartford Conn.).

Author: Hartford Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum, Frank Lloyd Wright

Description: Exhibit brochure for show at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum.  The Architectural Model, Plan, Renderings of The New Theatre.  These designs were revived in 1949 for a group in Hartford Conn.  Adequate funds were not raised, and it remained a project.  This exhibit was for showing the Architectural Model, Plans and Renderings.  First public exhibition.  (See "Taliesin Drawings"  Pp 52 - 55.) This design looks similar to the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). Florida Southern College Pfeiffer Chapel (1938),  and the Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas, Tx (1955).  (Sweeney 749)

Size:

Pages: Pp 4

S#: 0749.00.1101

   
Date: 1950

Title: New Theatre, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Description: "Frank Lloyd Wright, Left, world’s most celebrated architect, is pictured discussing his controversial New Theater model with lovely Faye Emerson on whose TV-show, the architect was interviews. At the (center) is noted Playwright Tennessee Williams, who participated in the discussion. The site for the theatre is West Hartford, Connecticut, where the project is now being held up by the City Council. Mel Strauss, PL-9-6094. (Hand written: 9/22/1950.)" Assumed to be photographed by Mel Strauss, September 22, 1950. The interview aired on October 19, 1950.

Size: 7 x 6 B&W Print, High res digital image.

S#: 0831.20.0110

   
Date: 1953

Title: 7) #106: New Theater Model for Hartford, Conn., Project, 1949.

Description: The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the New Theater was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut. The model was first shown at a special exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum from January 26 - February 27, 1949. Photograph of model is published in "Frank Lloyd Wright / Sixty Years of Living Architecture" (Zurich), 1952, page 72. The concept for the "New Theatre for Woodstock" was finally executed in Dallas and the Dallas Theater Center opened with registration and classes on September 9, 1959 and its first production on December 27, 1959.

Size: Faded 4.5 x3.25 sepia tone photograph

S#: 0987.55.0813

   
   
   
PARADE
     
Date: 1950

Title: Parade, The Sunday Picture Magazine - April 2, 1950 (Published weekly by the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago)

Author: Anonymous

Description: "The Turning Point... Most original architect of our century is the U. S. - and perhaps the world - is scholarly Frank Lloyd Wright. He remembers now, at the age of 80, how he stumbled into new forms of building in a moment of passion rather than after years of reflection. In his earliest years, Wright was as conservative an architect as anyone who ever placed a classic frieze over the doorway of a public library. But burning within him was the knowledge that some day his mind would outdistance those of his fellows... Includes one photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright pointing to a photograph on an easel. The large photograph is of a model of the "New Theatre." Hartford, Connecticut. The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The photographed of the New Theater model appears to have been taken at Taliesin, Spring Green.

Size: 10.75 x 12.75

Pages: Pp 4

S#: 0831.45.0215

   
Date: 1949

Title: New Theatre Model Circa 1949 (project).

Description: The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The New Theater model appears to have been taken at Taliesin, Spring Green. Part of the photograph of Wright published in "Parade, The Sunday Picture Magazine" - April 2, 1950.

Size: 5 x 3.5 B&W photograph.

S#: 0798.20.0315

   
Date: 1949

Title: Wright at 82, 1950.

Description: Frank Lloyd Wright points to a photograph of the New Theatre Model Circa 1949 (project). The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The photograph of the New Theater model appears to have been taken at Taliesin, Spring Green. Copy photograph from the "Parade, The Sunday Picture Magazine" - April 2, 1950.

Size: 5 x 5.75 B&W photograph.

S#: 0798.21.0315

   
   
   
THEATRE ARTS
 
Date: July 1949

Title: Theatre Arts - July 1949  (Published monthly by John D. McCarthur, Chicago)

Author: Lewis, Lloyd

Description: “The New Theatre  ...Frank Lloyd Wright, the world’s foremost architect, sees his long-planned theatre nearing construction.” New theater project for Hartford Connecticut. Never built, but design used for the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas Texas.  Includes three photographs of the model.  Original cover price 50 cents. (Sweeney 777)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25

Pages: Pp 33-34

S#: 0777.00.0807

   
Date: 1949

Title: Theatre Arts - July 1949  (Published monthly by John D. McCarthur, Chicago)

Author: Wright, Frank Lloyd

Description: A tribute to Lloyd Lewis: “Proofs of the Lloyd Lewis article on The New Theatre reached me as word come from his wife Kathryn telling me I should not see Lloyd again.”  Wright designed the Lloyd Lewis Residence and Farm Unit in 1939 (S265-266). Includes one illustration of Wright by Richard Lindner.  Original cover price 50 cents. (Sweeney 796)

Size: 8.5 x 11.25. 

Pages: Pp 32

S#: 0796.00.0807

   
   
   
DALLAS THEATER  CENTER
 

Date: 1955

Title: Dallas Theatre Center (1955 - S.395).

Description: "Dallas Theater Center. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Perspective of the Dallas Theater. Print of an Illustration by Frank Lloyd Wright. Hand written note of back. "A drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright of the Dallas Theater Center - 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. This is the only Theater ever executed by Frank Lloyd Wright." The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The concept for the "New Theatre for Woodstock" was finally executed in Dallas as the Dallas Theater Center. From the estate of Jean Warner Epperson (Jul. 7, 1919 - Oct. 15, 1998), who was involved with the theater. Printed in two color, black and red square. See "Wright" 1943-1959, page 392.

Size: Print measures 8.5. x 3.75. Matted and framed in red, 12 x 7.25.

S#: 1092.51.0813

   
Date: 1959

Title: Dallas Theater Center: Opening Seminar, September 9, 1959   (Published by The Dallas Theater Center Graduate School)

Author: Dallas Theater Center Graduate School

Description: Dallas Theater Center Graduate School: A Vital, Living Theater and School of Drama. Catalog describing School and Theater. Includes illustrations of the Theatre as well as a two-page spread on Wright.  (First Edition)

Size: 9.5 x 11

Pages: Pp 12

S#: 1377.23.0406

   
Date: 1960

Title: Dallas Theatre Center’s Kalita Humphreys Theater, 1955 (S.395).

Description: Caption reads: "(DN1) Dallas, Tex., Jan. 26 - Dallas Theater Center - This is the Dallas Theater Center which opened its first production on December 27, 1959. The building is situated in one of Dallas’ most beautiful, wooded areas, on a hill of trees and stone overlooking the fashionable Turtle Creek area. Costing more than a million dollars to build, it was the only theater the late Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed. (AP Wirephoto) (cel31445ho) 1960." The design for this theater was first conceived for the New Theatre for Woodstock, New York (1931 Project). In 1938 Wright designed the Pfeiffer Chapel (S.251) at the Florida Southern College and utilized the original Woodstock floor plan. In 1949 the "New Theatre" was revived again in Hartford, Connecticut, but was never executed. The concept for the "New Theatre for Woodstock" was finally executed in Dallas and the Dallas Theater Center opened with registration and classes on September 9, 1959 and its first production on December 27, 1959. This is the actual print that was used and published in the Detroit Times on March 6, 1960. Photographed by the Associated Press.

Size: Original B&W 9 x 6.75

S#: 1458.27.1109

   
   
   
THIS MONTH IN DALLAS
 
Date: March 1960

Title: This Month in Dallas (Published Monthly by This Month in Dallas, Inc.)

Author: Anonymous

Description: Cover: See the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater in the world... the new million dollar Dallas Theater Center. Photograph of the Dallas Theater Center.

Page 30: Dallas Theater Center. Original cover price .35c.

Size: 5.75 x 9

Pages: Pp Cover, 30

S#: 1458.09.0306

   
Date: February - March 1961

Title: This Month in Dallas February - March 1961 (Published monthly by This Month in Dallas, Inc., Dallas)

Author: Ad: Dallas Theater Center

Description: Cover: See the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed theater in the world... the new million dollar Dallas Theater Center. Photograph of the Dallas Theater Center.

Page 4: Ad for Dallas Theater Center. "Visitors - the World Famous, Fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dallas Theater Center. Dallas Theater Center, designed and conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright, is truly one of the most unique theatres in the world... Ad includes one photograph. Original cover price 35 cents.

Size: 5.75 x 9

Pages: Pp Cover, 4

S#: 1483.18.0611

   
   
   

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