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Back cover says Wright never employed a "utilization rate". Uh?
Monona Terrace wasn't constructed until 1997 ... 30 years later. After 60 years one can only imagine what the architect's time would have been worth, were it billed on an hourly basis
The Chicago early period must have earnt his practice a fair dollar - enough to afford to build his own house, then extend it, have a practise office, extend his house again adding a practise studio, going off to Europe and Japan, purchasing Japanese treasures, building Taliesin 1, supporting a wife and 6 kids - having a mistress(s) on the side.
Sure the fire at Taliesin evidently cause him to lose alot of his archives, destroyed half the Taliesin timber structure, and burnt his prized Japanese print Collection, but he was still able to build again.
Then building a 3rd home in Arizona.
Its the lean years - of no projects that would have been the years of insufficient funds - I suspect - as it would be for any person in business - which I would find the most intriguing.
This book could be an interesting read.
I like the last comment of the back cover
"Frank Lloyd Wright is still in business"
Perth Western Australia
think, design, build
Stranded in NYC without funds, he went to the Times where his cousin worked, and borrowed train fare back to Taliesin. Then, walking down Madison Ave., he spotted a Japanese print in a window and bought it. He then returned to his cousin for a second hit.
In the late 40s, he entered the Lincoln Continental showroom in Madison, pointed with his cane at the cars, said "I'll take that one and that one. I will send you specification to remodel the touring car." As he was leaving, he turned back and said to the salesman, "By the way, I won't be paying for either of them."
That's pretty much the way he operated throughout his life. Since he was always ready to give money away, he must have figured everyone was as indifferent about finances as he was.
That's correct, Martin was told he was building "a small cottage up country" for his mother, and it wasn't too long after that Wright spent a number of the "lean" years making much more money procuring prints for some of the biggest collectors in the country, than from architecture. The Oak Park studio was primarily financed with an advance to do decorative patterns for the Luxfer Glass Prism Company in 1897.UpOnGoblinHill wrote: ↑Thu Oct 07, 2021 1:38 pmIf 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.
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