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WYOMING CHAIR (1958)

Wyoming Valley School Chair & Stool After contacting the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia University, New York City, where the Frank Lloyd Wright archives are held, we reviewed drawings and correspondence related to both projects. Specific information related to the furniture was...

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"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... A limited edition. Now Available. More information.

WRIGHT PORTRAITS

Photographic Chronology of Frank Lloyd Wright Portraits. The purpose of this page is to document, clarify and date photographs and portraits of Frank Lloyd Wright. Please feel free to send us any information that will clarify any of these images.

RIVERVIEW TERRACE (1953)

Riverview Terrace Restaurant Jardinière (Flower Box),  1953/ 1957/ 1967. A French term for a flower box where plants may be placed. It appears that many chairs were produced for the restaurant, but just a few Jardinière were produced. The River Terrace Restaurant was the only restaurant (not including those in the Imperial Hotel,..

 
NAKOMA STUDY

Nakoma Clubhouse Nakoma and Nakomis Sculptures (1923/24) Madison, Wisconsin, was as close to what Wright would call a home town. In 1878 when he was 11 years old his family settled in Madison. He lived there until 1887 when he moved to Oak Park....

TALIESIN TABLE LAMP

Taliesin Table Lamp circa 1961. Frank Lloyd Wright originally designed this lamp for Taliesin (Spring Green) in 1925. The shade cantilevers over a square base. In April 1925, fire struck Taliesin for the second time and destroyed the living quarters. Wright rebuilt again, expanding and enlarging the Dining and Living Room...

WRIGHT MODELS

Wright at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 24-25, 1930. Wright is looking at a model of the Richard Lloyd Jones Residence (S.227 - 1929). Traveling exhibition entitled "The Show" at the Art Institute of Chicago, September 25 - October 12, 1930. "The Show" exhibited...

SIXTY YEARS - LA 1954

Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition, Los Angeles 1954. Set of 41 B&W and color photographs by Loch Crane, Wright apprentice from 1941-42. Note: this is one of the most extensive set of images of the Los Angeles exhibition we have seen to date. "Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright...

TALIESIN EYES

Taliesin Eyes. In 1938, the Taliesin Fellowship apprentices published single sheet "newspapers" in various sizes. They were published on October 1, 8, 15, 22, and Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 24, 1938. A total of eight issues were published. The last three issues included linoleum-cut illustrations. "Prelude: It won’t be long before the Taliesin Caravan for the...

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Original Wedding Announcement of Frank Lloyd Wright and Olgivanna Wright, at Rancho Santa Fe, California, 25 August 1928. “Iovanna. Married, August 25, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Olga Ivanovna, Daughter of Ivan Lazovich and Militza Milan...

LEWIS MUMFORD, AUTHOR

"One of our great redwoods has fallen and left a space we cannot fill by any quick plantation of lesser trees... By general agreement today, he counts as one of the greatest creative artist the nineteenth century brought forth in any field... It took three centuries to grown this man, and it may take an even longer time to plumb the depths of his genius and to follow through to their ultimate destinations all the trails he opened up." From "The Highway and the City," Mumford, 1963. A compilation of 23 articles written by Mumford between 1953 and 1963, including two concerning Frank Lloyd Wright. 1) "What Wright Hath... Continue...

WRIGHT STUDY (1947)

Unitarian Meeting House. When Frank Lloyd Wright presented the initial presentation in May, 1947, he designed an elaborate geometric stained glass window for the prow of the auditorium. Due to cost restraints, he designed the slanting bays of glass and wood sills. The cantilevered Roof shelters the stairs and the Entrance. The low wall near the...

HELLER RESIDENCE (1896)

Heller Residence. Isidore H. Heller was born in Austria in 1847 and his wife, Ida, was born in Wisconsin in 1857. Heller immigrated to Chicago, and with his partners Christian Wolf and George J. Sayer, formed Wolf, Sayer & Heller, Inc., one of the leading suppliers of butchers' and packers' supplies, with offices in New York, Chicago and Montreal...

 
DEMOLISHED

Would you destroy a Rembrandt? Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Hoffman Showroom demolished.
AMERICAN SYSTEM-BUILT

American System-Built Houses. Descriptive booklet for the American System-Built Houses. Most likely published early 1917. "During the winter of 1916-1917 he (Mr. Wright) has been overseeing the construction of the great new Imperial Hotel..." p.4. A larger six-page booklet was published in...

 
MIDWAY GARDENS CHAIRS

Midway Gardens was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913, built in 1914 and demolished in 1929. This Midway Garden chair was designed by Wright in 1914, but never produced. In 1986, Cassina produced a line of furniture designed by Frank Lloyd...

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

The House Beautiful (1896-8) Published by The Auvergne Press, River Forest. The Auvergne Press was established by two of Wright's clients, William H. Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams in the stable designed for Winslow. Printed by hand by Winslow...

EVE OF ST. AGNES

One of only 65 copies. The Auvergne Press was established in February 1896 by two of Wright's clients, William Herman Winslow and Chauncey L. Williams, to create hand printed, limited edition books.
"Rose-bloom fell on her hands, together prest..." Wright places a maiden to the left and right of the title. She is encircled by a stylized rose...

THE DISAPPEARING CITY

The Disappearing City There are two versions. The change occurs only on the covers. The two covers were most likely a result of events caused by the Great Depression, not the printing of a second edition. The contract was signed on November 17, 1931 between Frank Lloyd Wright and William...

HARTFORD RESORT (1948)

Hartford Resort Blueprints. Set of 10 original blueprints for the Huntington Hartford Cottage Group Center, Scheme II (Project). Huntington Hartford was born into one of the wealthiest families in the United States on April 18, 1911. His grandfather, founded the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in 1859. At the age of 12...

WRIGHT STUDY (1958)

Pilgrim Congregational Church. The Fellowship Hall is set on a hillside, so as you approach the church from the parking lot, the church is below you. The roof is suspended below the beams, a unique feature of this Wright design, and the only completed building to utilize this feature. The precast concrete poles at the entry are on the exterior of the building, those to the South begin on the interior of the...

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL PROOF

The House Beautiful (Original Collotype Proof) (Proof photographed and hand printed by Frank Lloyd Wright circa 1896. Proof on Japanese tissue before publication of "The House Beautiful" by William Channing Gannett. Auvergne Press, River Forest, Ill., 1897. Design...

WRIGHT'S FIRST ARTICLE

Art in the Home. Read before the Home Decoration and Furnishing Department of the Congress on May 5, 1898. (Symposium of the Annual Art Congress held in the Art Institute, Chicago, May 3, 4, and 5, 1898.) Wright’s first speech entitled "The Architect and the Machine" was written, typed and delivered to the University Guild...

LARKIN MONOGRAM (1903)

The questions that has to be asked: Did Wright design the "LCO" monogram? We have not had the opportunity to review all of Wright’s drawings for the Larkin Building, so we can only speculate. Wright was very protective of the image photographs portrayed. He would go as far as removing furniture from homes he was photographing, if they...   Continue...

WRIGHT LETTERHEAD

Frank Lloyd Wright Letterhead, 1903.
Forest And Chicago Avenues, Oak Park, Illinois, Telephone Oak Park Fifty Three. Under the typed name of Frank Lloyd Wright, there are three initials that appear like WBG. Walter Burley Griffin was an integral part of the Wright Studio fro 1901 to 1905...

WRIGHT STUDY

Heller Residence. In Frank Lloyd Wright's An Autobiography, he described the Husser home as "characterized to a certain extent by the Sullivanian idiom, at least in detail" (p.127). Wright designed the Husser home five years after the Winslow Residence (1894), three years after the Heller Residence (1896) and two years...

WRIGHT QUOTE

A Home may be the noblest of all works of art... Go to Nature, consider her ways. Let your home appear to grow easily from its site, and shape it to sympathize with the surroundings...

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...
— Frank Lloyd Wright, “Art in the Home.” Arts for America, June, 1898.
NAKOMA FURNITURE

Furniture of the Nakoma Clubhouse. John Rattenbury oversaw all the interior designs and details for the Nakoma Clubhouse in 2001, including the furniture, art glass windows, custom hand-knotted carpets from China, even the dining room place settings, adapting the design, as he did for the Lykes Residence, from Wright’s original plans. For the upholster...

WRIGHT STUDY (1952)

Marden Residence. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1952, construction began 1956, and was completed on May 30, 1959. Although Luis Marden was a professional photographer, early photographs of the home could not be found, and their desire for privacy kept this Wright home a hidden gem. The first "hemicycle" home...

DAVID WRIGHT (1950)

David & Gladys Wright House 1950-2004. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this home for his fourth child David, in March, 1950. Wright called the design "How to live in the Southwest", and was published in the June 1953, "House & Home." The lot was located in the middle of a citric grove, so Wright designed the living space to float above the tree line. David owned a company that...

WENDINGEN

Wendingen 1921 Wendingen, was published from 1918 through 1931, by ‘‘Architectura et amicitia’’, an Amsterdam-based society, and developed into the major representative of the Amsterdam School. Frank Lloyd Wright.” This issue was devoted to Wright. It includes 22 photographs and...

AUSGEFUHRTE BAUTEN

Ausgeführte Bauten Und Entwürfe by Wasmuth 1924. This is an undated German edition and was published by Wasmuth in Berlin. 100 Plates but reduced to 13 x 19". All one hundred plates are placed in one portfolio like the 1963 version, and the portfolio is similar to that version. The emboss is missing. This was an unauthorized...

MONONA TERRACE (1961)

Original 1961 Blueprints. In 1938, a private committee, headed by Paul F. Harloff commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a civic center on the shores of Lake Monona on a plot of land known as "Olin Terrace," a park at the end of the mall that extended from the state capital to the shores of...

 
WRIGHT CHAIRS

Wright designed hundreds of different chairs. Many for individual homes and businesses.  Imperial Hotel Side Chair, Tokyo, Japan. Description: Original side chairs had caning on the seat, back and side. Wright repeated the hexagonal shape of the...

WRIGHT STUDY (1953)

Boomer Residence.
About the time that Jorgine Boomer opted for a smaller residence instead of rebuilding the Pauson residence, George Clark decided against building his cottage on the Carmel coast. Not to let a good design go to waste, Wright erased Clark's name and replaced it with "Desert Cottage for Jorgine Boomer." He presented the plans to Boomer
...

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT DAY

Frank Lloyd Wright Day Letterhead. "The Frank Lloyd Wright Day, 29 South La Salle Street, Chicago 3, Illinois." Red text. The front is printed in red (raised) ink, embossed and gilt or gold ink. Red text and red square is printed in a precise red raised ink. The four squares are embossed (raised) then ...

 
BLUMBERG PROJECT

Melvin R Blumberg was born in Iowa and lived in Clinton most of his life. In 1931 when he was about 11 or 12, his mother commissioned a local artist to paint a portrait of him. A year earlier Grant Wood gained national notoriety when The Art Institute of Chicago awarded him a prize of $300 for American Gothic. Most mothers at the time would have...

RARE PHOTO OF CHENEY

Mamah Borthwick Cheney was born in Boone, Iowa. She received a BA at the University of Michigan, and later worked as a librarian in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1899, she married Edwin Cheney, an electrical engineer from Oak Park, Illinois, USA. They had two children: John (1902)...

WRIGHT STUDY (1953)

Cooke Residence. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home in 1953, plans were completed, but the home was not built. In 1956, Wright designed a second home, scheme #2, a more traditional Usonian Automatic design with solid and perforated blocks. Plans were also completed for this design, but again, it was never built. In April 1959, the cooks went back to their original design and began construction...

OPUS 497 GLASS HOUSE

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1944-1945 for the "Ladies Home Journal", the Opus 497 "Glass House" Model and Plan was published in the June 1945 issue. At first glance this image looks like a detail of Broadacre City, but upon further study, it was discovered to be a detail of the model built for the Ladies Home Journal in 1945. In January 1944...

SIXTY YEARS EXHIBITION

Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, was a traveling exhibition of Wright's work, consisting of Models, photographs and original drawings. A Preview of the exhibition was held in Philadelphia (January 1951). The world wide tour opened in Palazzo Strozzi Florence, Italy (June 1951). In "Sixty Years" (New York), Wright notes that from Florenc...

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Set of 27 historic photographs of the  Guggenheim Museum during construction 1956-57 (1956 - S.400). According to "The Guggenheim," 2009, Hilla Rebay first approached Frank Lloyd Wright in June 1943. He immediately began conceptual...

THE JAPANESE PRINT (1912)

The Japanese Print: An Interpretation Published by The Ralph Fletcher Seymour Co. In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright toured Japan. In 1906, Wright exhibits his collection of Japanese Hiroshige Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1908, Wright and three other major collectors exhibit their Japanese Prints at the Art Institute of Chicago..

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Set of 37 photographs. In 1949, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned by Peyton Canary, the President of Southwest Christian Seminary in Glendale, AZ, to design the buildings for their 80 acre campus. Dr. Canary cofounded the Seminary in 1947. The campus was to include the administrative buildings...

J. L. SMITH BLUEPRINTS

J. L. Smith Blueprint 1955. "House For Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Smith. Kane County, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. Frank Lloyd Wright, Jan 20 / 55. Elevations. Scale 1/4" = 1' - 0"." Upper: "Southeast Elevation." The Terrace is on the far left. The ceiling in the Workspace is lowered for the first three feet, then raises up to the of the Living Room...

LARKIN DEMITASSE CUP

Larkin Co. Demitasse Cup. Ground was broken in the Spring of 1902 for the Buffalo Pottery Company, a subsidiary of the Larkin Company. The Larkin Restaurant was located on the top floor of the Administration Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1912, 45,000 visitors of the Larkin Factories enjoyed "wholesome and dainty refreshments". This saucer was most likely used in the.

ORIGINAL SPECIFICATIONS

Church for the Milwaukee Hellenic Community. 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...

ZEEKEEPER'S WIFE

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Zookeeper's wife? The Zookeeper's Wife is an account of Antonina and Jan Zabinski, keepers of the Warsaw Zoo. They were responsible for saving hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion of Poland. It was released in 2017, and filmed in Prague, Czech Republic. There is a moment in the film that pans past a large Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Studio...

WRIGHT STUDY

Steffens Residence is a smaller version of Wright's Prairie styled homes and has been compared in design to the earlier Isabel Roberts Residence (1908 - S.150) in Oak Park. Although the home was built on a ridge about a block from Lake Michigan in the Birchwood neighborhood, Wright faced the home looking West, away from the lake...

POSTCARD PORTRAIT

Rare postcard portrait of Wright. In December 1937, Wright visited the offices in preparation for publishing the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum, which Frank Lloyd Wright designed and wrote. This image was published on page 1 of the January 1938 issue of Architectural Forum. In this image, the cigarette was airbrushed out of Wright’s mouth. Many postcards have been produced related....

SKYFALL, BOND & WRIGHT

How does Frank Lloyd Wright relate to Skyfall? Wright designs Browne's Bookstore, Browne's Publishes book on Turner, Bond studies Turner painting. Scene 10. Bond entered the National Art Gallery, London, to meet the new Q for the first time. He sat in Room 34, on a bench, studying a painting by Joseph Mallord William (J. M. W.) Turner, RA. "The Fighting...

PETERS' MERCEDES 300SL

William Wesley Peters was born on June 12, 1912. He attended Evansville College and MIT. He came from a wealthy family, his father was a newspaper publisher. In July, 1932, after he completed his second year at MIT, he visited Taliesin. He had read about Wright starting the Fellowship. After speaking with Wright, Wes paid the tuition in advance, becoming Wright’s...

WRIGHT LECTURE POSTER

Frank Lloyd Wright.
Rebel... Prophet... Genius. Lectures on: Modern Architecture at the Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
November 9th (1932). This poster announced Frank Lloyd Wright's lectures on Modern Architecture. This was two years after he spoke at Princeton. Those lectures were...

THE OTHER FIRE: 1963

Taliesin West Music Pavilion Burns. Sept 27 – This 5-year-old auditorium at Taliesin West, the architectural school founded by the late Frank Lloyd Wright, was destroyed by fire today. Cause of the blaze wasn’t known, although it was believed to have started among some drapes being stored in the structure. Firemen prevented the flames from spreading to other...

WRIGHT STUDY (1905)

Sutton Residence.
How often do you find yourself in McCook? It's 70 miles south of I-90, on the southern border of Nebraska. Unless you live close, probably rarely. Ours' turned out to be just that. On a recent trip with my daughter's family, driving from Chicago to Seattle, we found ourselves in North Platte at 3:30 pm on January 11. Timing was critical. My son-in-law
...

QUADRUPLE HOMES

Frank Lloyd Wright's Evolution of the Quadruple Homes. 1901: Quadruple Block Plan. Wright published his concept for the "Quadruple Block Plan" as part of "A Home in a Prairie Town." "The block plan... shows an arrangement of the four houses that secures breadth and prospect to the community as a whole, and absolute privacy both as regards...

BROWNE'S BOOKSTORE

Browne's Bookstore. Located adjacent to the Auditorium Building on Michigan Avenue, the Fine Arts Building was originally The Studebaker Building, a carriage factory and showroom. By 1895, the building proved insufficient, and the Studebakers decided to convert the building into studios and theaters to be an artistic and literary center...

WRIGHT STUDY (1954)

Feiman Residence.
This The Feiman Residence is considered the first Usonian house built, based on Wright's design for the New York exhibition house. While the New York exhibition house was based on the 3 foot square module, and utilized brick and oak plywood, the Feiman house was based on the four foot module and constructed of brick and Philippine mahogany. The openings in... Continue...

VASE REPRODUCTION

Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright circa 1898. This reproduction was produced in 1992 by Historic Arts & Casting, Inc. The top is turned 45 degrees with the top and bottom overlapping and intersecting each other. According to Pfeiffer, "There is a...

MARCH BALLOONS

Anatomy of a Design. David Wright Residence Carpet. The carpet was installed after Guerrero photographed the home in 1953. It had its origins in 1926. Wright adapted the design for the carpet from a design from one of a series of 12 abstracts he created for the covers of Liberty Magazine in 1926-28...

HOTEL GENEVA POSTCARD

The Geneva, Lake Geneva, Wis. Circa 1912. Frank Lloyd Wright’s original illustration for the proposed Hotel Lake Geneva in 1911. This early drawings included a proposed three story section on the East end that was never built. Illustration was exhibited at the Chicago Architectural Club at the Art Institute on May 5, 1913...

HE BROKE WRIGHT'S NOSE

C. R. Secrest (he broke Wright’s nose) and his wife. Clipping pasted to verso: "Beaten By Students After Fight With Wright. Following street fight in which C. R. Secrest of Madison, Wisc., is said to have fractured the nose of Frank Lloyd Wright, world famous architect  four students of Wright’s trade and craft...

WRIGHT DESIGNED URN

Reproduction Pewter Urn, Wright began experimenting with variations of the design for the Urn as early as 1894, and the design of the first designed this copper urn in the late 1890's. It was one of Wright's favorite objects. He included it in a number of drawings and projects he worked on...

IH SILVER MONOGRAM

Imperial Hotel. In August 2009 we were contacted by William P. Hood Jr., a flatware collector, researcher and writer. William is the author of the definitive book on 19th century Tiffany silver flatware "Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905" and more than 50 articles on flatware published in "The Magazine Antiques and Silver Magazine"...

WRIGHT STUDY

Thaxton Residence.
In 1954, William L. Thaxton, an insurance executive, commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the only home in Houston, Texas. The 1,800 square foot house, originally estimated to cost $25,000-35,000, ended up costing about $125,000 to build. "You didn't work with Mr. Wright," said Mr. Thaxton, "you presented Mr. Wright with a piece of property." The
...

WRIGHT STUDY (1953)

Adelman Residence.
This home is considered to be the first Usonian Automatic House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1936, Wright developed a series of homes he called Usonian. They were designed to control costs. He continued to develop the concept, and in the early 1950s he first used the term Usonian Automatic to describe...

 
WRIGHT STUDY

Horner Residence was a smaller Prairie styled home designed at the height of Wright's Prairie period. The cruciform floor plan is similar in footprint to the J. J. Walser, the George Barton Residence, and the K. C. DeRhodes Residence, but with modifications. A major difference was the grade of the first level. Like the DeRhodes, only the Entry / Reception Room...

 
 

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