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Dates: 17 Jan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 14 Feb, 2018
Location: New York City, New York, United States
Address: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas
Contact: Anne Mallek
The Victorians Society in America Presents a Summer Schools Evening*
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode IslandÃ¢â‚¬Â�
A lecture by Richard Guy Wilson
Director, VSA Newport Summer School and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia
FREE Wednesday, February 14, 6:00 PM Jefferson Market Library 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York
*Learn about the VSA Summer Schools in Newport, London and Chicago before this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s March 1st application deadline!
RSVP by Monday, February 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Well...the title was intended to pique interest, but also it is the subject. Actually, Philip Johnson in a talk at Harvard in 1954 called FLW the "greatest 19th Century Architect" I have changed that a bit, but many of his houses from the early 1890s, and also his own owe a huge debt to Newport and the shingle style. Did he visit Newport, unclear, but he lived for some years in Boston area, Weymouth, from about 1870 to 1877...and would make sense he visited Newport. But also he knew the houses in Newport through lots of publications he had. And while in time he gets rid of some of the exterior stuff...the plans, inglenooks, etc..all come from Newport examples...and it will continue.
So just a stepping stone in his life, but an important part.
How are things in Mason City.
Richard Guy Wilson
University of Virginia
Po Box 400122
While there were significant shingle-style houses at Newport, these were equally to be found up and down the East Coast, as I'm sure Mr Wilson knows. Newport is certainly better known for its very un-Wrightian "cottages" exemplifying the Gilded Age -- elaborate European-heritage mansions having little to do with any native architecture.
But as an attention-getter, the title of the talk is effective.
The house is also used in a Hulu series called: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the Worst
Another historical note to keep in mind: Much of Newport's wealth came from its dominance in the slave trade, from 60 to 90% of it. Little wonder they could afford to mimic European royal mansions. Very few of the houses are shingle style; most shingles are commercial. The most prominent shingle building is the Newport Casino by McKim, Mead & White.