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Frank Lloyd Wright :designs for an American landscape, 1922-1932 /David G. De Long, general editor ; Anne Whiston Spirn, C. Ford Peatross, Robert L. Sweeney.

Collection Type
Centre canadien d'architecture.
De Long, David Gilson, 1939-
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Library of Congress.
Peatross, C. Ford.
Spirn, Anne Whiston, 1947-
Sweeney, Robert L. (Robert Lawrence), 1945-
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Library of Congress, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Frank Lloyd Wright : designs for an American landscape, 1922-1932 / David G. De Long -- Frank Lloyd Wright, architect of landscape / Anne Whiston Spirn -- Symbol and catalyst : the automobile in architectural representation before 1930 / C. Ford Peatross -- Frank Lloyd Wright chronology, 1922-1932 / Robert L. Sweeney.
207 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 31 cm.
During the 1920s, as the five remarkable projects in this book show, Frank Lloyd Wright developed architectural prototypes of far-reaching consequence. None of these schemes - Doheny Ranch, the Lake Tahoe summer colony, and the A. M. Johnson desert compound, all in California, the Gordon Strong automobile objective in Maryland, and San Marcos in the Desert, a compound of hotel and houses in Arizona - were built. But in them, Wright explored advanced building technologies and untried geometric patterns, and conceived rural and suburban building complexes that restructured their sites in a manner calculated to heighten the grandeur of each location. Earlier designs had approached their settings more tentatively, with linkages achieved through architectural extensions that ranged over the terrain but left the sites themselves less changed. Now a new, more persuasive unity between building and site resulted, one in which roads and other movement systems were so skillfully integrated that results of unequaled scale and majesty were achieved. Wright continued to develop these ideas in many subsequent works, notably Taliesin and Taliesin West, his homes in Wisconsin and Arizona. In preparing their texts for this book, authors David G. De Long and Anne Whiston Spirn drew on a wealth of fresh archival sources as well as their investigation of the sites and of models constructed especially for this study. Their essays are illustrated with nearly 170 original drawings for the five schemes and related buildings, as well as Taliesin and Taliesin West, many of which are published here for the first time. In addition, a special portfolio of drawings, assembled by C. Ford Peatross, places Wright's designs of the 1920s in the context of the architectural representation of the automobile and the roadway through 1930, both in the U.S. and abroad, to illustrate the ways in which his architecture stood apart and was influential. Completing this handsome volume is Robert L. Sweeney's valuable detailed chronology of Wright's life and work between 1922 and 1932.
Catalogue of an exhibition co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (shown June 18-Sept. 22, 1996), the Library of Congress (Fall 1996), and the Frank Lloyd Foundation.
Gift of the Vernacular Architecture Forum.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
0810939819 (hc)
9780810939813 (hc)
Call Number
Stacks NA737.W7 A4 1996
Other People and Orgs
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
Descriptive terms
Organic architecture
Material Type
United States