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The mission of the Wright Library is to collect, catalog and preserve items that are published by and about Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as items that relate to Wright and his work. We diverge only when there is a relationship to Wright, such as John Keats' Eve of St. Agnes, published volumes by Way & Williams and Ralph Fletcher Seymour.
I have to admit that I am just an apprentice when it comes to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright. But what started as a raised eyebrow back in college, turned from a fascination into awe. I am envious when other friends and acquaintances tells me with delight about a site in Tulsa or Florida they have had the opportunity to visit, and I have not.
My first brush with Wright came when I was attending College in Elmhurst, Illinois. Every day I would drive through a section in town with beautiful homes, one in particular stood out. I dont even remember how the subject was broached, but my mother mentioned to me that the home was a Wright home. As I researched this very modern looking home, the Henderson House, I came to realize that it was one of the oldest homes on the block, built in 1906. How could this be. Its one of the oldest, yet looked newer than any of the others. Thus, the beginning of my quest!
I moved to Seattle in 1975. In 1976 I drove by the Tracy Home in Normandy Park, an area south of Seattle. Studying this home from the street, what struck me was that this Usonian home seemed to grow from the landscape. It didnt just sit on the lot like most other homes, it blended with its surroundings.
Touring Fallingwater 1991 was almost a spiritual experience. I have not been able to come up with another term to describe the experience. The merging of interior and exterior mediums was remarkable.
It took me years to realize that what I was experiencing was art. I love hanging artwork on my walls. It touches the soul. But walking into a Wright home is like walking into a piece of three dimensional art. It surrounds you.
If you have an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright, you've come to the right place. We have assembled over 8,000 books, periodicals, photos and items related to Wright, including many rare books. The number of books, articles and pamphlets written by and about Wright is overwhelming, and continues to increase. We have also acquired items of interest. You might be surprised to learn that there are five U.S. stamps and one foreign commemorating Wright and his work. We have acquired the only known silverware to have survived the destruction of the Imperial Hotel, original Heller capitals, documented the Hoffman Showroom before its secretive destruction, chronicled portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright...