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Theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin Assoc
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget the Puppet Theatre for Llewellyn, designed 1910-1911 and seen here at Taliesin in the fall of 1911 in this Taylor Wooley Photo. See my book, "Building Taliesin," for more details.



Here is Wright's rendering [FLW Foundation]



Here are his specifications. [FLW Foundation.]

The theater reappeared in Wright's 1914 spring exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. [FLW Home & Studio.]








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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh . . . so much to see. A look at the corner of the room we're almost never shown; the wide and rude planked floor; the broad and beautifully machine-
planed boards of the theatre; the molded or cut detail which wraps the front reveals -- twice; and a scale figure, so rare in the work.

And what's that C-clamp holding, at far left in the first photo ? I'm sending for Ron's book today . . .

SDR
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an even wider version of that photo, showing the piano and other details. I think the tall screens standing folded are Japanese. [Utah State Historical Society, Taylor Wooley Collection.]




Also, don't forget the stages used for plays in the Coonley Playhouse and the Susan Dana House.

Dana:



Coonley [Steinerag]:

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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best images of each -- the same idea, expressed at either end of the High Prairie Period ?

A stage with a fireplace. We see it again at the Little Dipper:





© 1985 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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Forest



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few other unbuilt theaters:

The Point Park (Pittsburgh) Civic Center, 1947, included an Opera House and a three screen Cinema

The Monona Terrace Civic Center, 1955, included a Civic Auditorium.
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wright did include theaters/concert halls in his various plans for Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. Those plans were all blocked in 1954. In 1968, William Wesley Peters proposed this Madison Civic Auditorium with a flexible ceiling that could accommodate theaters of several sizes. It was part of his Monona Basin Plan. It was not built.



In 1971, the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium (below) opened on the grounds of the Wright-designed civic center. Peters was the lead architect,with Aaron Green and George Izenour, a profressor of theater design at the Yale School of Drama. Izenour also worked with Peters on the Madison project.




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Forest



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stage with fireplace appears again in the assembly room at the Wyoming Valley School.

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-y214VrEL5Zw/VwR1GVtD43I/AAAAAAAAAK4/PJEmZ1vgPMEi6UowuFMjcGakIzz1BK9vQ/s400/ARoomSWhiRes.jpg
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A photo of Hollyhock House from the 1930s (the California Arts Club era) shows the living-room moat boarded over to serve as the stage for a drag show.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh-heh. I have nothing against drag shows -- but we seem to have reached the last "stage" in the search for Wright's theaters ?

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JChoate



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TAA's Golden Rondelle

http://www.worldsfaircommunity.org/topic/4310-the-golden-rondelle/
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, there's more on that page than I've seen before, about the GR.

Can someone confirm any of the facts of history relayed in those few sentences ?

SDR
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DRN



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is true.
The theater disc, sans patterned metal roofing, was an element of a pavilion built by SCJohnson Wax at the 1964-65 NY Worlds Fair. The pavilion and its theater were not the work of Wright or TAA. After the fair, Johnson Wax decided to relocate the theater to their Racine campus as a corporate theater and visitor center. It was then that TAA was enlisted to adapt the theater to the Wrightian context of the site. The brick clad steel support structure and patterned metal roofing were designed by TAA.

The original incarnation can be seen here:

http://www.nywf64.com/johwax02.shtml

http://www.nywf64.com/johwax05.shtml

http://www.nywf64.com/johwax15.shtml

For more information, click the “More” button at the bottom of the linked pages.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Golden Rondelle is an excellent design, excellent acoustics. TAA was correct to be rid of the Six Gingko Leaf superstructure.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the name Rondelle; it sounds like a Chevy driven by a girl group . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

... pink, with a leopard-skin top and a horn that plays a little tune....
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