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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:54 pm    Post subject: Eagle Rock and Mrs. Lowes Reply with quote

Does anyone know anything about "Mrs. Lowes," the client for the 1922 Eagle Rock house project pictured on four pages in Wendingen? I see references to a client C.K. OR G.K. Lowes, but no description of her. Was she connected to Wright by Aline Barnsdall, as others were? (I'm aware that this plan was reworked for the Storer House and that R.M. Schindler built something else for Mrs. Lowes, which was later demolished.) I'm trying to map out FLW's female clients and their connections.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you checked the FLW correspondence files at the Getty Museum in LA? You should be able to find what your are looking for there.
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping to learn something preliminary online or available at a university library here without having to spend thousands on a trip to L.A.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping to learn something preliminary online or available at a university library here without having to spend thousands on a trip to L.A.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a 5 volume set of books available that catalog all of Wright's correspondence. You can go through and note the reference numbers of the letters you want copies of and request over the internet through the Getty website for a nominal fee.

I have done this and you will get what you desire within a few weeks.

from: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/special_collections/flw_faq.html#2

Q: How may I request photocopies of the Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence by mail?
A: If you reside outside of the Southern California area and are unable to visit the Research Library, you may request photocopies from the Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence on microfiche. Please limit your request to a maximum of 35 pages. The charge for this service is $5.00 for 1 to 15 pages and $10.00 for 16 to 35 pages, payable upon receipt.

from: http://www.savewright.org/index.php?page=14
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Since 1985, copies of the principal correspondence, drawings, papers and photographic collections owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation have been available for public study at the Getty, making it second only to the Foundation Archives in importance as a Wright research center. The Getty has published a five-volume, cross-referenced index of all of Wright’s correspondence (Alofsin, Anthony. Index to Taliesin Correspondence (5 Volumes). New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc.,1988. ISBN: 0-82404-029-5), providing unprecedented assistance to Wright scholars. For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright collection please visit the Getty’s website at: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/special_collections/wright.html
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mrs. Lowes name does not appear in the indexes of the five volume set Paul references nor in "Letters To Clients." Your better bet would be to contact UC Santa Barbara where Schindler's archives are kept.
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RonMcCrea



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent suggestions and information. Thanks so much you for your help. We have the Alfonsin index at the UW arts library. I'll also follow up at USC.
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Craig



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Getty has quite an archive of letters between FLW and Schindler from the 1920s. Included in this group are some concerning the Lowes house.

http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf796nb1zw&chunk.id=dsc-1.7.6&brand=oac

Here is the description, "A file of eight letters between Wright and Schindler, November - December 1922, relate to the design of a house for Mrs. Charles P. Lowes in Eagle Rock, California. In these letters Wright addresses the wider problem of designing the small house.
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Craig



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Lowes house, Eagle Rock, Calif. Nov - Dec 1922

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Typed letter with ink annotations from FLW in Taliesin to RMS in Los Angeles, Nov 1922
About design of Mrs. Lowes house. FLW states that he should not have left the design to "an assistant" [i.e., RMS] and that he is not going to continue to build in the old style.

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
FLW notes, building details, undated, late 1922/1923?
Typed notes with pencil annotations by FLW regarding Mrs. Lowes Eagle Rock, California house. Provides details of floors, walls, plan.

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
FLW note to RMS and Lloyd Wright, undated, late 1922/1923?
Pencilled note to "Rudolph and son Lloyd" about the problem of designing the small house [refers to notes above?].

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Typed letter (carbon) from RMS in Los Angeles to FLW at Taliesin, 17 Nov 1922
Regarding design for Mrs. Lowes house. He describes budget and site and says he includes a sketch [not here].

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Typed letter (carbon, difficult to read) from RMS in Los Angeles to FLW at Taliesin, undated, probably Dec 1922
Regarding Mrs. Lowes' requirements, budget and her objections to FLW's proposed plan.

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Telegram from FLW at Taliesin to RMS in Los Angeles, 5 Dec 1922
Regarding Lowes house. FLW objects to bedrooms extending below ground and asks for snapshot of ground plan. With pencil annotations by RMS [for return message?].

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Typed letter, 4 leaves (carbon), from FLW at Taliesin to Mrs. Lowes, 14 Dec 1922
FLW outlines his objections to the plan she suggested and makes counter-suggestions. With ink annotations by FLW.

[ Box 2 ], [ Folder 10 ]
Letter, in pencil and ink, from FLW to RMS, undated, probably Dec 1922
FLW asks RMS to persuade Mrs. Lowes of the advantages of Wright's plan. He asks RMS to bring Lloyd [Wright] into the project.
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