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by JimM
Thu Oct 07, 2021 2:03 pm
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Topic: Book: "Insufficient Funds: The Financial Life of Frank Lloyd Wright"
Replies: 11
Views: 1018

Re: Book: "Insufficient Funds: The Financial Life of Frank Lloyd Wright"

If I'm remembering correctly, Wright also borrowed from his long-time patron Darwin Martin an amount exceeding $20,000 dollars to construct Taliesin 1 and settle some of his debts in Europe. Which would be something around $250k today. Martin never truly saw a repayment for this loan. That's correc...
by JimM
Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:16 pm
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Topic: Kauffman Garage Pittsburgh
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Views: 567

Re: Kauffman Garage Pittsburgh

Roderick, that would be Jaroslav Polivka (a Czech). He also worked on the Johnson Tower, the Guggenheim, and the S.F Bay crossing. The first Point Park scheme was a concrete and steel civic center 1,000 feet in diameter and 175 feet tall. Capable of holding 1/3 of the city's population it also conta...
by JimM
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:45 pm
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Topic: St Marks Drawing Sequence
Replies: 42
Views: 5515

Re: St Marks Drawing Sequence

The Coonley plaque was installed at the prow of the terrace; a points of the compass abstraction with the initials "F" & "C" (Ferry Coonley).
by JimM
Wed Jun 16, 2021 1:44 pm
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Topic: Article: A Look at the Women Whose Work Shaped the Wright Legacy
Replies: 2
Views: 685

Re: Article: A Look at the Women Whose Work Shaped the Wright Legacy

The Learn/Preservation thread of that link contains the complete 500+ page Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West prepared by Harboe Architects-an unbelievable amount of history, photos, plans, and documentation to salivate over. Of interest was the justification, if obvious, for the decision no...
by JimM
Wed May 12, 2021 11:27 am
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Topic: Oak Park Studio New Book
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Oak Park Studio New Book

This is a great topic with some decent, albeit sparse, accounting and should be worth the risk buying... Schrenk is an Associate Professor of Architectural History at U of Virginia, with quite a varied output. The book resulted from a We the People grant awarded to her by The National Endowment for ...
by JimM
Mon May 03, 2021 4:01 pm
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Topic: Wright Post-Italy; Goethe Street and Taliesin I
Replies: 25
Views: 5458

Re: Wright Post-Italy; Goethe Street and Taliesin I

Wright broke one of his own "rules" in order to define the masterpiece Taliesin 1 became. The house and studio certainly were influenced by the Italian countryside to a degree, but there are precedents before both Fiesole and Taliesin (such as the wood and plaster project of 1904-"The Drawings of Fr...
by JimM
Sat May 01, 2021 10:50 am
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Topic: Obituary: Franklin Toker
Replies: 14
Views: 3683

Re: Obituary: Franklin Toker

Same photo... see the shadow?
by JimM
Sat May 01, 2021 10:47 am
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Topic: Alden Dow house for sale
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Views: 1758

Re: Alden Dow house for sale

Can't recall where published, but as a pre-teen seeing Dow's own house "submerged" into it's pond was an architectural epiphany; and of course, Wright a revelation not long after!
by JimM
Sat May 01, 2021 10:21 am
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Topic: Obituary: Franklin Toker
Replies: 14
Views: 3683

Re: Obituary: Franklin Toker

That is the same photo on the book back cover... sans junior. Perhaps a subtle comment by Tokler?
by JimM
Wed Apr 28, 2021 10:30 am
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Topic: Obituary: Franklin Toker
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Views: 3683

Re: Obituary: Franklin Toker

I read it Stephen, a long time ago but recall it quite informative, well researched and with quite a few notes to the text. I suppose there will be criticism true of just about any book on Wright. The back of the jacket has the photo of Wright and EJ standing alongside one another at TWest in the 50...
by JimM
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:31 am
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Topic: A New Path Forward for the School of Architecture Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright
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Views: 3769

Re: A New Path Forward for the School of Architecture Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright

now-unnecessary accretions that accommodated the pupils, and restore every inch of both buildings to their 1959 states. All but impossible, but restoration to the mid-late forties would convey best the architectural value of TWest. Guerrero's photos, and colored available, of that period document t...
by JimM
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:08 am
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Topic: Photos: AZ Biltmore Hotel year-long $70M restoration
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Views: 1746

Re: Photos: AZ Biltmore Hotel year-long $70M restoration

Whadarya talking about? Zombie Sprites have taken over the garden, waterslide homage to the Guggenheim, not just organic abstractions but realistic concrete cacti encased in the walls... maybe they can find a home for Wright's saguaro mural and replace it with something more appropriate to the decor!
by JimM
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:21 pm
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Topic: Light variation
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Views: 2862

Re: Light variation

The first theater was destroyed "accidentally" in 1952 by Wright burning a pile of leaves nearby.
by JimM
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:43 am
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Topic: Drennan's "Death in a Prairie House"
Replies: 20
Views: 5374

Re: Drennan's "Death in a Prairie House"

I agree with Roderick that caution is called for concerning possible racial aspects, yet there remain facts surrounding this particular person at a particular place in time. Although his mental state can not be definitively accounted for, his crazed actions were undeniable. Carlton was a black man f...