|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2005|
|Number of Pages:||541|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||7.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||11.5 x 11.5 x 2.0|
|Becoming Frank Lloyd Wright||p. 16|
|Frank Lloyd Wright and the American home||p. 44|
|The prairie style||p. 50|
|Frank Lloyd Wright's suburbanized civility 1900-1916||p. 172|
|Professional wilderness||p. 176|
|Disciples and masters : Schindler, Neutra, Wright||p. 214|
|Utopia promised||p. 226|
|Complexity and contradiction in Wright's architecture||p. 370|
|Utopia under construction||p. 374|
|Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian automatics||p. 458|
|The plans||p. 514|
|House list||p. 518|
Rizzoli has recently published at least four other works on architect Frank Lloyd Wright, one of which, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks (1993), could be considered a companion to this volume. Covering only Wright's domestic architecture, this thick album of photo essays is heavy enough to collapse any of Wright's historic coffee tables. From Wright's own 1889 home in Oak Park, IL, to his posthumously finished 1966 Lykes family residence in Phoenix, each of these 100 buildings is given from one to nine pages of sumptuous photos with short explanatory captions.
The differing styles of houses in Wright's career are organized into thematic sections with five accompanying essays by five different authors, who include an architectural historian and the great grandson of the artist, also an architect. But neither the short essays nor the two pages of microscopic architectural plans approach the value of Weintraub's (Bay Area Style) beautiful photography. The great merit of this book is the chance to see into the vision of the most iconoclastic modern architect as he designed living spaces for a range of American families. Recommended for art and larger public libraries.
-David McClelland, Philadelphia
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Frank Lloyd Wright is not only synonymous with architecture, his name is also synonymous with the American house in the twentieth century. In particular, his residential work has been the subject of continuing interest and controversy. Wright's Fallingwater (1935), the seminal masterpiece perched over a waterfall deep in the Pennsylvania highlands, is perhaps the best-known private house in the history of the world. In fact, Wright's houses-from his Prairie style Robie House (1906) in Chicago, to the Storer (1923) and Freeman (1923) houses in Los Angeles, and Taliesen West (1937) in the Arizona desert-are all touchstones of modern architecture.
For the first time, all 289 extant houses are shown here in exquisite color photographs. Along with Weintraub's stunning photos and a selection of floor plans and archival images, the book includes text and essays by several leading Wright scholars. Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses is an event of great importance and a major contribution to the literature on this titan of modern architecture.
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