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Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer: 1930-2017
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Rood



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer: 1930-2017 Reply with quote

Indira Berndtson called a moment ago to say Oskar Munoz just informed her that Bruce died this morning at a hospital in Scottsdale.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. Well, there's a loss to Wrightdom. Bruce was the indispensable figure who took on the enormous and unenviable task of curatorship of the Wright archive, over a period of decades, and saw to the publication of much material from that priceless collection.

I am glad that he was able to see the archive move on to appropriate permanent custody before he left the scene.

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Tom



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, ... thanks for letting the forum know.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad. Bruce was a charming, shy man, who shall be missed.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is very sad news. Bruce was always very kind to me. The very archives itself were saved by him, to which he devoted his lifes work. Another strong foot solider, in the Cause of Organic Architecture, is gone. May his memory be a blessing, for all time. R.I.P.
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SpringGreen



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read about his death on facebook. I'm sorry I didn't get to see him the last time I was in AZ a couple of months ago. He did a great job organizing FLW's work into a collection.

I hope he has a fun time in the afterlife with the Wrights & all of his dogs.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sadly marks the end of an era.

Those will be big shoes to fill...
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Mark Hertzberg



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just posted a collection of photos I took of Bruce, including his first visit to Wingspread, to www.wrightinracine.com

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar, former apprentice, dies


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We should all be so fortunate as to leave behind a legacy such as BBP's. His creation and organization of the Wright Archives, and his research and publishing on Wright and his works, will benefit many a future generation. Lord knows it's benefitted me.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He did a lot of good work, no question....but...he also may have swept some stuff under the rug that historians might have liked to see.
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Rood



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt wrote:
He did a lot of good work, no question....but...he also may have swept some stuff under the rug that historians might have liked to see.


Now that virtually every scrap of paper that ever existed at Taliesin is in the hands of historians, it would seem you need no longer worry, too much, about things stuffed under rugs.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That may or may not be the case, Matt -- do you have examples in mind ? -- but I would be interested to know whether study would show that there was a difference in degree of deference to Mr Wright on Bruce's part during the two periods of his life at Taliesin: that before and that after the departure of Olgivanna Wright.

Comparison of notes to the work found in the Monographs, to those in the Taschen volumes, would be one object of study. I can't say I've noticed a marked difference in objectivity, there, to date . . . though there may be hints of it. The text of "Treasures of Taliesin" tends toward the obeisant; the failure of unbuilt projects (the content of the book) is placed at the door of short-sighted or unadventurous clients, as often as not.

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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to see his new book on OLW once it's released. Should go a long way to talking about "objectivity".
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm. Maybe it would be useful to know if either of the parties was a believer in the life hereafter. Maybe one is never really out from under the thumb . . . ?

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