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Theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin Assoc
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:53 pm    Post subject: Theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin Assoc Reply with quote

Hi I am, in addition to being a fellow Wright enthusiast, a professor of Theater Design. I am trying to compile a list of various theater buildings designed by both Mr. Wright and the Taliesin Associated Architects. Should I track down the Monographs and just comb thru them looking for theater Structures?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That won't be necessary; we'll come up with a definitive list here. I'll wait for others to contribute suggestions, then (if necessary) complete the search and make a list. Offhand I'll guess there are no more than a half-dozen . . .

Churches have more than a little in common with theaters. If we were to add those the list would suddenly swell.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ones I can think of:

Hillside theater at Taliesin

Kalita Humphreys/ Dallas Theater Center - Based on a 1931 proposal for Woodstock NY.

Music Pavilion at Taliesin West
Cabaret Theater at Taliesin West
The Kiva at Taliesin West was used to show movies, and might not count.

Did Midway Gardens have a stage?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gammage Auditorium at ASU.

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, by TAA, looks like a knockoff of Gammage.

Theater, never built, for Aline Barnsdall's property in LA.

The Coonley playhouse has some interior steps that made the upper part a stage for the children's performances.

He might have designed a theater while in Tokyo (or was it a sumo-wrestling stadium?).

Legend is that the roof over the Hollyhock loggia was a stage, with the central courtyard a place for the audience, and that Martha Graham performed there, but the legend hasn't stood up under examination.

Opera House design for Baghdad, which may have been the precursor of Gammage.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Midway Gardens:


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

unbuilt design at Florida Southern College for the Music & Theater Building:


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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The theater at Taliesin (North) hasn't been mentioned.

In "Treasures of Taliesin," on the pages following the Spaulding print gallery, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer reminds us that two theaters were planned for Olive Hill;
in Monograph 4, p 170, he mentions a movie theater designed for Japan and possibly proposed to Aline Barnsdall -- and on p 172 we have the Little Dipper
"kindergarten-community theatre" for the same property.

Even without the work of TAA, my initial estimate is looking like a slight on the reality ! A sub-task will be listing the built vs the unbuilt theaters . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tucson Creative Dance Center by John Howe while with TAA might be considered.

http://tucson.com/morguetales/historic-photos-tucson-creative-dance-center/collection_93303ac0-6634-11e6-9a08-47a56674e5c5.html#1
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wright's design studies for the unbuilt Theatre on Olive Hill for Aline Barnsdall:







And, then for the same client, same hill, he designed an unbuilt "Motion Picture Theater":



(From ADA Edita Monograph 10)
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Treasures of Taliesin" was published in 1985; Monograph 4 is from the same year. Here are Pfeiffer's texts from both volumes:












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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photographs of said models do not appear in "Treasures," in the Monograph, nor in Taschen I, which has even less on the theater project than is found in Monograph 4.

There is is Taschen, however, this additional plan drawing . . .



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also. the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall by TAA, in Sarasota, FL.


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jay



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's the Wes Peters/TAA designed Bartlesville Community Center, across the street from the Price Tower.

Lloyd Wright was involved in the early designs of the Hollywood Bowl, if that counts....

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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gracious. I never saw that version of the bowl. Look at the giant planter urns. Lloyd was the only one who could take his father's bits and pieces and exaggerate them to good effect -- usually.

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Forest



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a theater and a cabaret in the Imperial Hotel.

Wasn’t there a motion picture theater project for California at about the same time as Midway Gardens?

Then there was the Michael Todd theater prototype in the 1950’s.

If amphitheaters count, there was one proposed lakeside at Florida Southern for water events. Also, one in the grand scheme for Pittsburgh Point Park and one proposed for the Marin County Fairgrounds.

Later the TAA designed Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium by TAA was built at the fair grounds.
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