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Theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright & Taliesin Assoc
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found pictures of the Barnsdall model and another theater. All the photos are from Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922 by Anthony Alofsin.

This was a cinema that Wright planned for the Ginza in Tokyo. Not a lot is known about it, but a model was built.



And here are pictures of the Barnsdall model(s). There were two versions - one with an octagonal roof and one with a square one.

When I look a the square one, I see a leering face with teeth.







Anyone know where the model is today? By the way, is anyone writing the Wright Model Book? That would be helpful too.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard that it belongs to a university in Japan.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wrong Barnsdall Theater, SDR. That's the big legit one on Vermont. The small movie theater on Hollywood and Edgemont is the one that is a reworking of the Tokyo project. For Barnsdall Cinema, see Kathryn Smith, pages 116-7.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure who you're speaking to; I haven't posted materially to this thread for several days . . .

SDR
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! Meisolus.
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Rood



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1897: Project: Design for Motion Picture Theatre (for San Diego?), A Testament, p. 32.

1928: The Rosenwald School with "Gymnasium - Theatre". Wright: 1917-1942, P. 180.

1936-39: Theatre: S.C. Johnson Wax and Son, Inc. Administration Building: A Testament, p. 170. & Wright: 1917-1942, P. 282.

1938: Hogan ... Taliesin West: Wright: 1917-1942, p. 350+.

1939 +: Monona Terrace. Wright: 1917-1942 P. 332-333.

1940: Theatre for Crystal Heights, Washington, DC. Wright: 1917-1942. P. 440-441.

1942-1943: Taliesin: Planned remodeling of former pig shelter at Taliesin into a Music thatre-studio (never constructed)

1943: Guggenheim Museum: Auditorium-Lecture Hall in Lower Floor: Wright: 1943-1959: P. 20+.

1947: Civic Center for Point Park: Pittsburgh, PA. Opera house (for 10,000, three 1,500 seat cinemas, and a convention center seating 12,500. Wright: 1943-1959, P. 109+.

1954: Continuation. House for Arch Obler, with movie theatre. Wright: 1943-1959, P. 375

1958: Spring Green Community Center with Auditorium for 1,000. Wright: 1943-1959 P. 543.
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I'm confused. I was just trying to post models of Wright theaters. I'm not sure what you're referring to Roderick Grant.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The inscriptions on the Puppet Theater are interesting.

One is:
"To fare on, fusing the self that wakes and the self that dreams"

Makes me wonder if Wright paid close attention to the dreams of his sleep,
not simply the dreams of his ideals.
I've heard stories about him getting up in the middle of the night to draw.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meisolus, I assumed you were making the point that the Ginza Theater and the Barnsdall theatre you showed were the ones related. The Ginza would probably fit nicely into the main theater at Barnsdall. The cinema on Hollywood Blvd was not modeled, as far as I know.
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:

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


I think there is a difference between an actual theater and a 'theater' built as a play space in a school or playroom for children.

Small rooms for the imagination are not designed with the considerations for actual performing arts.

I assume any drawings for these would be at the collection at Columbia?
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rood: Thanks for those page listings. I will have to track down the books and look thru them. My dad has the complete Monograph series.
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owenCollins



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally got to searching thru the Appendices of the Taliesin West Preservation Master plan.

Some great images of the pavilion.

ScreenShot by Owen Collins, on Flickr
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