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Theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin Assoc
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
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.

SDR


It might look like hell, but it's said to have been the most acoustically pure of any of the shells ... Wink
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DRN



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the knowledge gained from the execution of Grady Gammage at ASU, TAA led by William Wesley Peters (and others as principal designers? Rood, wjsaia any input would be welcome) developed something of a specialty at the design of performing arts centers.
In addition to the centers at San Jose and at the Marin Civic Center site mentioned earlier, TAA designed:

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota FL (original building and later addition were designed by Taliesin architects)
http://www.vanwezel.org/aboutUs/

Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL (original building by TAA, late 90's expansion by others but sensitive to the original design; currently proposed expansion will obliterate much of the original outward appearance of the building)
https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/

Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, Danville, KY
http://nortoncenter.com/about/

Bartlesville Community Center, Bartlesville, OK
https://www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com/about-bcc_id63.html

An unbuilt performing arts center was designed by TAA for Phoenix as well if I remember correctly.

The theaters by TAA favored continental seating, and in the design of some TAA worked with George Izenour as a theater/acoustics consultant.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/30/theater/30izenour.html
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stan, the Bowl bowl shown was actually just a stage set, not meant to be permanent. Lloyd at the time worked for Paramount Pictures. The second bowl he designed was intended to be permanent, to be taken apart and put into storage for the wet months. It was that very beautiful bowl that had the great acoustics.

The unbuilt movie theater Forest mentions was around 1913-15 (date discrepancies) for San Diego.

Although it was called a Dance Academy, the Kehl Project (1914) had a stage that could have been used for theatricals.

Martha Graham may not have danced at Hollyhock, but Anna Pavlova did dance at Midway Gardens.

The Cheltenham Beach Resort Project (1899) may have had such amenities as Midway.


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Reidy



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer Forest's question: Wright designed a movie theater for the 1915 San Diego world's fair. The event has some other Wright connections, in that a visit was the means by which Aline Barnsdall discovered California and in that Lloyd worked on the landscaping.

Wright also designed a small movie theater for Barnsdall, in addition to the big live theater mentioned earlier. It would have gone up on the site of the minimall we were talking about a week or so ago.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe there was to have been two theaters in the main building at Barnsdall along Vermont Avenue, a large and a small, but not sure of that.

At Taliesin, there was a pig sty at the far end which became a concert hall ... at least it was planned; I have never seen a photograph of it.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if a bandstand qualifies, but one was planned for the Wolf Lake Amusement Park (1895), one of FLW's finest pre-20th century works.

Although FLW did not in any way design the theater in the Auditorium Building by Adler & Sullivan, he did work as a draughtsman on the building, and learned from Dankmar Adler a great deal about acoustics, which served him well thereafter.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twombly says in his biography that you can tell Sullivan's ornament from Wright's in that Sullivan's is very sinuous while Wright's is more hard-edged. On this basis he attributes some of the Auditorium panels to Wright.
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone, This is a great start for me.
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRN wrote:
With the knowledge gained from the execution of Grady Gammage at ASU, TAA led by William Wesley Peters (and others as principal designers? Rood, wjsaia any input would be welcome) developed something of a specialty at the design of performing arts centers.


Yes that is something I want to look at. How the evolution of the theaters they designed changed over time. Especially what changes happened after the apprentices worked on the Taliesin Festivals of Dance. Based on the pictures I have seen from the Archive, over the years there were adjustments and renovations to the music pavilion. And how much of those changes were based on practical experience producing the dance dramas.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Owen, if you desire illustrative material for any of the projects you're interested in, I'll do my best to provide it -- no guarantees, of course.

I'm pleasantly surprised (though I shouldn't have been, I guess) by the number of stages that passed across the boards (no pun intended) at Taliesin . . .

SDR
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Imperial_Hotel_FFW_10.jpg

Found an image of the theater in the imperial hotel.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool . . . complete with a stage curtain in the rarely-seen Japanese Art Nouveau style !

SDR
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In summary:

The Theaters of Frank Lloyd Wright & the Taliesin Architects --
Bandstand for Wolf Lake Amusement Park (1895)
Kehl Project (1914)
Midway Gardens -FLW (1914)
Movie Theater San Diego Worlds Fair -FLW (1915)
IMperial Hotel -FLW (1923)
Theatre on Olive Hill -FLW (1917ish)
Motion Picture Theater-Barnsdall -FLW
Florida Southern College for the Music & Theater Building -FLW (1940’s)
Kaltia Humphreys- -FLW (1959)
Guggenheim Museum - FLW (1959)

Taliesin: FLW (Years?)
--Hillside (Built? Rebuilt after fire 1952)

Taliesin West: -FLW
--Music Pavilion(1957, rebuilt 1963)
--Cabaret Theater

Bagdad/Arizona State Gammage -TAA (1964)
Tucson Creative Dance Center -TAA (1963)
Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota FL -TAA (1969)
Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College, Danville, KY - TAA (1973)
Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL -TAA (1983)
Bartlesville Community Center - TAA (1982)
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts -TAA (1972)
Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium by TAA
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, instead of six, we're up to thirteen, for Mister Wright. Could that be it ?

Give me a day to plow through Taschen, just for kicks.

SDR
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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let’s not forget Wright’s “New Theater” for Woodstock, NY in 1931, which was revised in the late 1940’s for a client in Connecticut. The design influenced Wright’s theater designs for Florida Southern and later Kalita Humphreys.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/archival/collections/ldpd_8866938/
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