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3/2/06: Wright Design for Marilyn Monroe?

 
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SWSinDC
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: 3/2/06: Wright Design for Marilyn Monroe? Reply with quote

The L.A. Times reported Sunday on the upcoming reopening of the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Hawaii, formerly known as Grand Waikapu. Then the article says:



"Built at a cost of $135 million, Grand Waikapu featured waterfalls, a wind-blown layout and a unique, dome-roofed clubhouse based on an old Frank Lloyd Wright design for a weekend home commissioned by Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller."



Does anyone know any backstory on that commission?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The commission dates from Monroe's marriage to Arthur Miller. The design is a variation on the Bailleros Project, but enclosed for Connecticutt winters. Another similar design is the Windfors Project. Miller/Monroe is in the Monographs and in BBP's book "Treasures of Taliesin." In Miller's autobiography, he says plans to build were never too serious on his part.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Monroe/Miller House Reply with quote

It is a shame that this project was never built in any of the variations which Wright designed. The idea of the circular "Great Room" is spectacular. I look at the renderings and can along say "what if".
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