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The postcard thread could be full of these images. I wonder if Russ McClay could double post this on that thread. Without a more sensitive search engine this "seminar" resource is becoming burdensome.
Brought back fond memories of living in Japan and seeing my very first Wright building.
From the website text (photo is not there):
September 1st, 1923. Noon. The Great Kanto Plains Earthquake was one of the largest recorded quakes in the history of Japan. Books were written about it then, and are still being written now. In Yokohama and Tokyo, 140,000 to 160,000 souls were either crushed to death, burned beyond recognition, or had the air sucked from their lungs, suffocating them in the whirlwind firestorm that followed in the hours after the initial quake brought everything down.
Although T. Enami and his entire family escaped in the confusing mass exodus that ensued immediately following the collapse of the buildings, in the fire that followed hours later, his Studio of over twenty one years was wiped off the map. In England, Walter Weston would soon bring attention to Enamiâ€™s talent, as well as his plight. Writing in the introduction to his book Japan (London: A&C Black, 1926) Weston would state, â€œThe handsomely reproduced illustrations (with the exceptions of those otherwise indicated) are from beautifully coloured lantern-slides produced by my old and valued helper, T. Enami, of Yokohama, in the studio that subsequently vanished in the fire following the earthquake of 1923.â€�
Ca.1925-29. Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. From a Lantern-slide. Opened the same day the earthquake destroyed Enami's studio, it survived with only minor damage. Enami took this photograph of the hotel before he died in 1929. When the structure was razed to make way for a new incarnation, this entryway was saved. It may now be seen at Meiji Mura Architectural Park outside of Nagoya.
Was Enami or his staff able to grab any boxes of contact prints or proof sheets from what might have been only a partially damaged building? The immense stores of glass negatives, even if not broken, must have been too heavy to carry away to safety in the mad rush of people fleeing the distant walls of approaching flames. The image that comes to mind is a sea of molten glass on the floor of his ruined studio, melted by the fires that raged after the Earthquake. No one knows the particulars, but the property at No.9 Benten Street was gone forever. However, Enami refused to let his name and Studio die.
I'm a fan of Mr. Rooney, from his reporting days in WWII in the USAF, a member of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, to his current rants about almost anything. (my father was a commander and and a co-pilot in the same outfit). Dad survived 32 missions. I'm proud to be a honorary member of the 92nd Heavy Bomber Group.
Mr. Rooney is also a good carpenter. His Nakashima-style desk he sits at is from his own hands.
I thought this to be another interesting connection to Wright. Minus the war stuff of course.
More about Andy:
Rant over and out...
He was staying there when he got the idea for Private Lives, and in Future Indefinite, his autobiography of the war years, he mentions his disappointment at not being able, because of pre-war tensions, to go ashore and drive up to Tokyo for a drink there.
Some of the lava block detail reminds me of the house now being built at Florida Southern. It surprised me but I should've known better.
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