Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Episode 008: Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright was a momma's boy 

but that is beside the point. He was also an arrogant narcissist who made up legends about himself and designed some of the most amazing pieces of architecture to have graced this planet.

Below are some photos of the sites discussed in this week's episode. 

The "Wedding Cake" House


The Robie House (1909)

The Robie House is the perfect representation of Lloyd Wright's famous Prairie style houses, a style coveted by the wealthy families of the midwest.

Here we see the intricacy of detailing that went into each of his houses. He designed the stained glass, light fixtures, and furniture layouts. 

Larkin Administration Building (1906)

Commissioned based upon a lie, Frank Lloyd Wright convinced Mr. Larkin that he was the architect of Louis Sullivan's most famous skyscrapers. The above murals are painted to inspire workers in the modernist-style of the era, also very reminiscent of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. 

Taliesin (1911)

Welsh for "shining brow," Lloyd Wright designed and built Taliesin in Wisconsin for he and Mamah Cheney to reside within. Misfortune followed but did not deter Lloyd Wright.

Usonian Houses

Once available for around $5,000 these homes now sell for millions. And are even more of a tax upon the homeowners of today than they were of the past.

Johnson Wax Building (1936-1939)

A complex building with various structural issues, the Johnson Wax Building is perhaps one of Lloyd Wright's most famous designs.

The super slim hallow concrete columns were eventually approved by the city inspector after Frank Lloyd Wright did a public demonstration of their structural integrity by putting ten times the required weight allowance on top of them.

Taliesin West (1937)

With the help of what critics called "slave labor," Frank Lloyd Wright and his fellows designed and built Taliesin West in Arizona.

New York Guggenheim (1959)

Frank Lloyd Wright's final work would be one he would not see completed. He passed in his sleep on April 4, 1959 and the New York Guggenheim was no complete until October of that year. 

It was met with critical reception many thought it was a blight upon the New York skyline. Many openly mocked the design.


Amazon: The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship by Roger Friedland 

Amazon: Architecture in the United States (Oxford History of Art) by Dell Upton

Audio Lecture: On Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (1998) by Ken Burns