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"The caravan consisted of a stake-body truck, a pickup truck, a station wagon,
and four cars. In the caravan were "twenty three people, two dogs, one cat, and
'Lulu', Svetlana's pet macaw.""
"Late that afternoon, when some of us were still working in the drafting room,
a man, his wife, and his daughter started to enter the room. An apprentice intercepted
them and ushered them toward the point for an overall view of the camp.
But the little girl caught sight of Mrs. Wright's dog and started after it, heading
for the entrance to the camp. The man pursued his daughter, but when he caught
sight of Mr. and Mrs. Wright, who were just returning from Phoenix, he headed
for them instead. He followed them into the office, where he proceeded to . . ."
"Late in the summer of 1948 Gordon Lee decided to leave the Fellowship for
the second time. He had first joined the Fellowship in the summer of 1941 and
had left less than a year later, in January 1942, because he was told that he
could not keep a dog he had bought. He rejoined the Fellowship in January
1947 when he and Gordon Chadwick came to visit so that "Chad" could talk
with Mr. Wright about supervising the construction of the Friedman house in
Pecos, New Mexico."
"On the surface my relations with Mrs. Wright remained civil. But there were
several instances during the winter when the civility was interrupted. One of
these instances occurred early in December when a strange dog appeared in
camp. A group, including Mrs. Wright, had gathered around the dog and was
speculating about where it might have come from and what kind of dog it was. I
said that it was a weimaraner. Mrs. Wright immediately said that it wasn't, that
she knew a weimaraner when she saw one. Her tone of voice implied that she
was always right. In this instance she wasn't. However, she took a fancy to this
dog and after many telephone calls and trips to town involving Wes and Gene
she came to own either this dog or one just like it. (There was an air of deception
and mystery around the acquisition of the pet. To avoid Mr. Wright's anger over
buying an expensive dog, he was encouraged to believe that it was the same dog
that had appeared in camp.)"
I was able to find these quotes by searching "dog" in a downloaded version of Besinger's book:
"Mrs Wright always had a dog; her preference was a large one. When her black Great Dane Fiera died she asked Mother [Virginia] if she could find another to replace it. Since Mr Wright had died, she told Mother, she had been so alone . . ."
The tale is lengthy and well worth the read (another plug to Wrightians---and others: Buy the book !) so I won't repeat it here. Suffice to say that Mrs Wright was very specific about what kind of Dane she wanted, and Mrs Lovness, true to form, went above and beyond to fill the need. Mrs Wright ended up with a faithful and pampered harlequin blue female she called Cheetah. The dog survived its owner by just a few months following Olgivanna's death in 1985.
No. There is a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Wright taken outdoors at Taliesin, probably either in Fall or Winter . Standing beside them is a dog.Roderick Grant wrote: ↑Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:42 amThe Conestoga House has some very interesting interiors. Not bad at all.
The "Offer to purchase" house is sort of Frank Lloyd Wright meets 21st Century upper middle-class Suburbia. Not bad, but not good, either.
The Art Deco Cat Doorstop makes me wonder ... not what FLW had to do with Art Deco, but what his attitude toward cats was. He loved farm animals, celebrated the Cow in his autobiography, but I cannot recall seeing him with an indoor pet of any kind. Olga had her dogs but that was after FLW was gone, wasn't it?
Pair of spindled armchairs---as at Purcell-Cutts house, Minneapolis, 1913. See "Prairie Style," Legler and Korab, 1999, pp 118-19.
I would call the Ypsilanti house "Mixed Metaphors."
Capitalistically speaking, there seems to be no limit, but there should be.