Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island

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Paul Ringstrom
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Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island

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Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island
Dates: 17 Jan – 14 Feb, 2018
Location: New York City, New York, United States
Address: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas
Contact: Anne Mallek
Email: admin@vsasummerschools.org
Website: http://www.vsasummerschools.org
Phone: 646-771-7170

The Victorians Society in America Presents a Summer Schools Evening*

“The Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island�

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 year’s March 1st application deadline!

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the lecture is titled:
“The Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island�
:shock:

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Sounds like Richard Guy Wilson is trying to make a name for himself by being outlandish.

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I have met RGW and he is not "outlandish", but his title is intriguing and piqued my interest.

I would like to more about his topic, but I live too far away.
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His childhood home has one of the best views in Los Angeles.

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Angeleno historian in Virginia lectures about Wright in Newport. What is this, April Fool's Day ?

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Dear Paul,
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
Commonwealth Professor
Architectural History
University of Virginia
Po Box 400122
Charlottesville,VA 22903
434-9246462
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Okay. . .

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.

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The Wilson house was on a MAK tour several years ago, then owned by a couple with small children. They used thick pieces of plexiglass mounted with U bolts to make the minimal stair and balcony railings safe for children. I liked It because it was so reversible.

The house is also used in a Hulu series called: You’re the Worst

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Post by Roderick Grant »

The shingle source of FLW's genius was invented by Vincent Scully, with the Kent and Chandler houses dragged out repeatedly to prove the connection. But it doesn't go beyond the Oak Park House. The similarities are exterior elevations only - shingles, gables, bay windows - while the plans are all but unrelated ... to the extent that modest-sized, orthogonal houses can accommodate all their necessaries and remain unique. FLW's plan (at age 22 vs Bruce's 40) was far more sophisticated, and set itself apart from anything that had come before it. If FLW had any influence from older masters (when it came to residential design) it was from H. H. Richardson.

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.

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