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I'd think money would have something to do with it.
Wondering if online WrightChat access to those images could somehow be restricted to Conservancy members and Avery be paid a % of each membership fee.
I would certainly join the Conservancy in that case.
... and I think that would cause membership to jump considerably.
Some administrator with clout in the Conservancy needs to get on board
and help us here.
I didn't consider legal fees.
I ask as the ones I have received- seem to me to not included a full set of construction drawings - but various working out of parts of the construction and early preliminary design studies.
Im kinda disappointed in that - I was expecting to see full set of construction drawings, and the various revisions as issued.
When I was at Taliesin West in 1994, Bruce allowed me to enter the "vault" and look at the archive drawings of my choosing. I can remember seeing full working drawings sets - fascinating stuff - I inparticular seeked out Jacobs II hemicycle.
Perth Western Australia
think, design, build
The Avery Library has scanned and uploaded the black and white photos of many of the Wright drawings to Artstor in the Public Collections:
Because of copyright, the images cannot be downloaded but they can be enlarged.
If you get lost on Artstor, go to Browse the collections and select the Public Collections.
Caution! This can be addictive...please remember to eat and use the bathroom occasionally.
Happy New Year!
What a resource.
I was interested to see Hageman’s site was similar to the Sweeton’s...a large flat portion with a steep drop toward the rear of the lot. I’m led to wonder if the similarities of the site caused Wright to choose this plan to offer the Sweetons. The fenestration was simplified and reoriented from the Peoria site to accommodate the sun angles at the NJ site, copper and stone became roll roofing and CMU, and two bedrooms became three.
Reuse of an unbuilt idea also allowed Wright’s studio to reduce design and engineering time and apply the effort to the CD’s for a relatively low budget house.
"This collection [19925 items] presents the majority of Wright's projects from 1895 through 1959, as captured through black and white reference photography originally produced by the Archives of the History of Art, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. A significant number of the original drawings, once owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and represented in this photography collection, are today housed in the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library (Columbia University) and co-owned by the Avery and The Museum of Modern Art."
The Avery has scanned the images and posted them at the link. These are to my knowledge NOT new images of the 19,000-some drawings photographed earlier by the FLW Foundation & Getty. The posting of these images is however a revelation in that it is the first time a very large percentage of the Wright Archive is readily available for searching and viewing by the general public...the vast majority of the these drawings have not been published before.
I did worry about the resolution of the photos and how in today's world the drawings would be scanned at a much higher resolution.