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I would expect praise from Wright of Furness, if not solely due to Sullivan's connection to him.
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I don't believe Wright's comment was necessarily dismissive or derogatory. I read Wright as admitting that though Furness' grammar or style was not to his taste, or termed "ugly", he believed that the work had a richness of ideas.
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It's often difficult to know whether FLW was excoriating, damning by faint praise or actually complimenting the work of other architects.
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"Frank Furness was the designer of a bold, unabashed, ugly, and yet somehow healthily pregnant architecture."
I hadn't heard Wright speak of Furness before -- like him, an iconoclast and an original. If a true quote, it's an interesting and unusual one, and certainly not a dismissal of the man and his work ?
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First there was innovative work by Frank Furness. Then Louis Sullivan built upon the the wotk of Frank Furness. Then Frank Lloyd Wright built upon the work of Louis Sullivan.
Not all of Frank Lloyd Wright's personal and professional traits were admirable. He would not have been expected to speak well of another architect. It just wan't in his nature.
Paul Harding FAIA
Restoration Architect for FLW's 1901 E. Arthur Davenport House, 1941 Lloyd Lewis House, 1952 Glore House | www.harding.com