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Oak Park Studio New Book

Post by Tom »

Ran across this while searching for The Forgotten House on Amazon.
Don't know if this has been discussed before:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/022631894X/re ... _mrai_1_dp

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Post by JimM »

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 the Humanities in 2008 while Education Director for the Home and Studio Foundation...

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Post by Hankoh »

I purchased a copy (after seeing this post) and am about half-way through reading the book. I find this very interesting and informative. While I am not a great expert on Frank Lloyd Wright and his work and life, I have studied his buildings and other available information for many years and thought I knew the story fairly well. THE OAK PARK STUDIO is helping me understand his career and work in new ways - tying together what was going on in Wright's personal life, who was working for/with him, how he used his own structures to test ideas incorporated into client's buildings, how he was influenced by and learned from others, all contributing to the designs coming out of the drafting room we are all so familiar with. It is an interesting combination of details of the evolving design and construction and use of the building itself along with the people side and business side of Wright's life. The book is heavily footnoted and documented and is well-researched. That said, it is also an excellent read!

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Post by SDR »

Thanks for that, Hankoh ! One couldn't ask for much more than that. Nicely written, too . . .

Although 1993 still stands as a high point in the history of Wright literature, quantity-wise---for some reason---this recent period has been a rich one as well . . .


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The FLWBC is sponsoring a ZOOM interview with the author:

Book Talk with Lisa Schrenk on "The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright"

Tuesday, June 15
5:00 p.m. CDT
Via Zoom

Hear architectural historian Lisa Schrenk in conversation with Janet Parks about her new book, which breaks the myth of Wright as the lone genius and reveals new insights into the architect’s early career through the lens of his residential studio in Oak Park between 1898 and 1909. With a rich narrative voice and meticulous detail, Schrenk tracks the practice’s evolution: addressing how the studio fits into the Chicago-area design scene; identifying other architects working there and their contributions; and exploring how the suburban setting and the nearby presence of Wright’s family influenced office life.

About the speaker:
Lisa D. Schrenk is Associate Professor of Architectural History and a Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona, as well as a former Education Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation (now the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust). Her research on international expositions and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright has resulted in numerous publications, including the books Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair and The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Architectural Historians and as President of the Chicago Society of Architectural Historians. Her photography includes documenting works of architecture in over 85 countries, including while teaching on two around-the-world Semester at Sea voyages.

Tickets and registration:
Advance registration is required. Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for Friend-level members of the Conservancy; and free for Associate-level members and above. If you are not a Conservancy member, click here to learn more about member benefits.

Registrants will receive a promo code good for 30% off the purchase of the book from the University of Chicago Press.

How this event works:
Registration will close two hours before the start of the talk, shortly after which all registrants will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the event. Please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the event. A recording will be made available to registrants to view for one month after the event.

If you have questions or require registration assistance, please email preservation@savewright.org.

Sponsored by Rotary Historic Preservation Fellowship.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Post by Roderick Grant »

A slight diversion: Historians are often defined as either "architecture historians" or, as in this case, "architectural historians." Since "architectural" is an adjective, wouldn't that mean that the noun it modifies, "historian," is a work of architecture, while "architecture," a noun, would simply designate the historian's subject matter? Is Shrenk a house, with doors and windows and a staircase? Or is she a person whose specialty is architecture?

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