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Lloyd worked on the landscape design, and a visit to the fair was what convinced Aline Barnsdall to move to California.
My favorite example is 450 Sutter in San Francisco.
Never thought to consider it an example of Mayan Revival Architecture before.
In fact never really heard of a formal movement called Mayan Revival architecture until this link which linked to the Fisher.
But get a load of this about it's lobby:
"The building also is home to the Fisher Theatre, one of Detroit's oldest live theatre venues.
The theatre originally featured a lavish Aztec-themed interior in the Mayan Revival style,
and once had Mexican-Indian art, banana trees, and live macaws that its patrons could feed."
One considers the "Wonka" effect. Yet I kinda like this description.
Funny line between fine art and popular delight.
Next off to read about the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Never heard of that before either:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Ca ... Exposition
The Panama-California Exposition in San Diego and the Pacific-Panama Exposition in San Francisco (Maybeck Palace of Fine Arts fame)took place simultaneously.
The big occasion for all this that drew everyone's attention to South America at this time was the opening of the Panama Canal.
The San Diego Committee tried to hire John Galen Howard as Master Planner. He declined.
Howard had already designed an Expo in Buffalo NY around the time Wright was working there. Bertram Goodhue took Howards place in San Diego along with Irvin Gill.
Gill could not work underneath Goodhue. He resigned ... imagine
what the San Diego Expo would have been had Gill been director of design.
From the conflicting dates and alterations to the design, it would appear that this project originated during the earlier period and was later resurrected and updated. The 190(?) date on the earlier drawing probably was added by FLW at a later date. The original project, if it dates back to 1897 or even as late as 1906, was probably a legit theater rather than motion picture.
... and in San Diego?
No, not in San Diego.
... must be a previous design adapted later for San Diego.
In any case if taken at face value wouldn't that date (1897) make this theater one of his earliest break through designs?
When did John settle in SD? Could the old man have been trying to steal a commission from his kid? "Why settle for the coupon when you could have the original bond?"