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Hello All - I just ordered a book on Lloyd Wright's Architecture and I am familiar with several of his works. Are any of John Lloyd Wright's works worthy of mention and how long did he practice?
If I'm not mistaken, John's claim to fame is that he invented Lincoln Logs. He perhaps inspired architects in that way. I'm not aware of any individual works. Brother Lloyd has many outstanding designs to his credit that deserve more attention than has been afforded them.
Another of John's notable accomplishments is the book about his father, "My Father Who Is On Earth." I have seen only two of his designs published: his own house, which is quite good, and a project. I don't know the extent of his architectural practice, but it was centered in the San Diego area.
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My memory could be wrong, but didn't John Lloyd Wright do several buildings in and around Michigan City, Indiana?
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Yes, he lived and built in Michigan City for years. One of his works is, as I recall, a National Guard Armory near the lakefront. A local once took me around to see the buildings, including apartments and and several houses, but I don't know if they've been published or if a guide is available.
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In 1982 the Chicago Historical Society published a small book entitled "Barry Byrne * John Lloyd Wright * Architecture & Design" in conjunction with an exhibition of that name. In it we learn that John (Lloyd Wright's younger brother) lived in Chicago, Japan, Long Beach (Indiana) and Del Mar (California), and built at least 68 structures, mostly houses, with another 28 unbuilt projects listed. In addition to the famous Loncoln Logs, he also designed Wright Blocks and Timber Toy wood construction block sets.