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Fascinating Old Photos of Wright in Wisconsin

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 9:31 am
by SWS
The Wisconsin Historical Society's website boasts some fascinating old photos of FLLW in Wisconsin, including of Willey, Johnson Wax, Gilmore-Weiss, Taliesin, Wingspread, Lamp, and especially a newly-constructed Jacobs I in the stark landscape of its neighborhood-to-be: ... .asp?id=19

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:45 am
by Spring Green
Jacobs I is really out in the middle of nowhere. Pretty interesting, considering that it's in a full-fledged neighborhood today.

By the way, the 2 photographs of the Monona Terrace model were also taken at Taliesin, in the drafting studio, by its entry door. The little built-in behind Monona Terrace doesn't exist anymore, though.

You can also go to the advanced search pages at the Wisconsin Historical Society site and type in Frank Lloyd Wright and come up with more images, including him, students at his aunts' school, and more of his buildings. Or you can type in the name of individual structures in the search page. This searching yields more results than the "homes and haunts" page.

Willey Picture

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:03 am
by NickSpellman
Is it just me or is the picuture of the Willey house from the driveway reversed?

Re: Willey Picture

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:22 am
by SWS
NickSpellman wrote:Is it just me or is the picuture of the Willey house from the driveway reversed?

Your eyes do not deceive you. BTW, that boat of a car (can anyone identify the make and model?) certainly demonstrates how narrow the driveway is. I wonder what kind of car the Willeys owned in 1934 to have such a small driveway constructed.

Willey house reversed

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:30 am
by Spring Green
No, you're right. Looking at the Willey House page on shows the building in the correct orientation. I've seen other images from the Howe collection that were backwards--these are slides, so they've accidentally been flipped.

It's always a mind-bending experience to come across a reversed photo. One time I came across an upside down photo, but because it was a detail and because I didn't know the building very well, it took me a while to see it. I did know that something was "off" though.

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:59 am
by rgrant
That "boat of a car" is a 1955 Buick Special 2-door ragtop, a great car. Also note that the display of Ukiyoe prints in the Taliesin studio includes FLW's own "City by the Sea" mural, every bit the equal of the Japanese prints. As odd and almost ugly as Rocky Roost was, the photograph shows that it was in the most romantic setting of any Wright work.