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Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Down to a Frank Lloyd Wright public toilet
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Down to a Frank Lloyd Wright public toilet iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Visitors Center at Florida Southern College
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Formerly the college library, as designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Visitors Center at Florida Southern College iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright
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Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Around the Back with Frank Lloyd Wright
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Around the Back with Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

Moving through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College in the late afternoon
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Moving through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College in the late afternoon iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

College passageway by Frank Lloyd Wright
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College passageway by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

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Briefs

Monday, March 9th, 2015

[Dead link]

“Custome [sic] Granite Cuntertops [sic, no joke!] And New Sink Gives This Remodeled Kitchen A Modern Look.” These 8 photos by the proud illiterate builders are the first time I’ve seen such a travesty documented as they dismantle an original Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen and replace it with something that would be nice enough in a regular home but here is gruesome. The homeowner should be prosecuted.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Apprentice to Genius: Years with Frank Lloyd Wright

Edgar Tafel

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I ploughed through this. It’s the most vivid portrait I’ve seen of the apprenticeship itself. The chronology is a bit confusing at first—perhaps the book design could have made more clear that he’s jumping back and forth between his own beginnings and FLLW’s. The traffic cop encounter with Alexander Woolcott, the travels in the car as FLLW’s driver—great stuff. There could be more from Tafel as an architect—he was there on the great ones, such as Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax HQ.

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

John Lloyd Wright

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Originally entitled My Father, Who Art on Earth, there are gems here that you can’t get from any of the other masses of FLLW books. I welled up when in Venice, when entering St Marks, it reminds John Lloyd of nothing else but his own childhood playroom. Just how great we can get?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Heroic Years: 1920 – 1932

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

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A tad hagiographic but this one left me with a good feeling that unlike most Rizzoli books the text actually matters as well. Gorgeous drawings.

 

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright

Vincent Scully, Jr

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It was an essay I came across online somehow that I thought was great that led me to this and I bought it online and not from Amazon. But sadly it was a few months ago and I cannot remember it save that I was mildly disappointed and the best part seemed to be the bit I’d read. Nonetheless, it does seem to have been about the buildings themselves more than the man, which I like. I’m guessing mid-September I bought it.

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright’s House Beautiful

Dianne Maddex

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I’m not sure what this one added for me except the fact that House Beautiful the magazine had an ongoing relationship with FLLW. Plus my copy, I realize now, smells of lady perfume. Maddex recycles and reorders FLLW’s own writing, takes or gets nice photos, and presto, another book. Coffee table, as the Amazon reviewers say of her stuff.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Frank Lloyd Wright archives are moving to New York, reports Arch Daily; paper to Columbia University’s Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library , models and prototypes to MoMA.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Photos by Paul Ringstrom of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Muirhead Farmhouse which I had not heard of until this moment. I just love it. Beautiful brickwork that seems to be just the same as unbeautiful brickwork. Perfect shapes. The slightly outcropping wooden ziggurat on top. Oooh. Also the Sims House.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The teenager is a problem of over-gregarious life.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Buildings, too, are children of the Earth and Sun.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Space is the breath of art.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

Frank Lloyd Wright

If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

My favorite FLLW site is Peter Beers’ Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip. He’s stayed at the houses wherever you can, and done some benign architectural stalking where the residence remains private.

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

The Natural House

Frank Lloyd Wright

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I was moved to read this again almost as soon as I finished it the first time. It feels nice to give the fine compliment of rating it higher the second time around. I can feel his exquisite designs through the prose of the pages, and if that’s so, what more can one ask for?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Wright-sized Houses

Diane Maddex

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I drop to 4 from 4.5 stars, which would be extremely high for this sort of book, because I don’t think Maddex covers FLLW’s underpinnings for sometimes preferring small. Like valuing a difficult site, a successful job of making a small place feel big is better than actual big because it involves magic. True that? Maybe not quite, but if the question even comes up, you’ve done well. All the principles laid out in the book I already knew, but she covers them with examples, and I don’t think there’s another book with the same pretty darn important angle.

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Natural House

Frank Lloyd Wright

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The style shows the influence of Emerson and Nietzsche, which is great—it’s the iconoclast speaking. There is much mention of America and democracy, more than of humanity writ large. And how refreshing—or provocative—his constant unrelenting simple disdain for the ancient Greeks.

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: The House and Its History

Donald Hoffmann

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What a book to love. It’s a Dover, first off, my favorite publishers. Cheap and important. The cover makes the same-old view dramatic again. And somehow the book feels like the place. How is that possible? Perhaps it’s because the photos are in black and white, so that I feel almost more exposed to the bones of the thing than I did when visiting. The back picture is perfect as well: the guest house living room. What lies between? The entrance loggia. My my my. What can be so cheesy is so perfect and lush. And the hint of the magical steps.

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

50 Favorite Rooms By Frank Lloyd Wright

Diane Maddex

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Lovely pics—I’m increasingly believing that Maddex has chosen some of the seminal stuff. It’s a book I return to often, albeit almost exclusively for the pictures.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

I don’t build a house without predicting the end of the present social order.

Frank Lloyd Wright

 
 

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