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IN NEW YORK
THE PLAZA YEARS, 1954-1959
JANE KING HESSION and DEBRA PICKREL
Foreword by MIKE WALLACE
Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959 examines the momentous five-year period when one of the world's greatest architects and one of the world's greatest cities dynamically coexisted. Authors Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel bring each of these unequalled characters to life, exploring the fascinating contradiction between Wright's often-voiced disdain of New York and his pride and pleasure in living in a great Manhattan landmark: the Plaza Hotel. From his suite, or "Taliesin East," as it became known, Wright negotiated-with varying measures of creativity, cooperation, and combat-an astonishing array of exchanges with the city's architects, artists, journalists, editors, publishers, designers, celebrities, power brokers, and bureaucrats. Most significantly, he shepherded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1943-1959), his New York masterwork, to near completion from these sumptuous quarters. Explore the sophistication and vigor of Wright's final years, a time when he was an architect of legend and a bona fide celebrity, and New York was basking in postwar prosperity.
Jane King Hession, a native of Nyack, New York, received her M. Arch. from the University of Minnesota. An architectural writer and historian with interests in Frank Lloyd Wright and mid-century modernism, she is the coauthor of Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design. Hession resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Debra Pickrel is a New York journalist who has written on architecture and design for Architectural Record, House Beautiful, Metropolis, and Preservation. She is also the author of A Day in Turtle Bay, a walking tour of her Manhattan neighborhood with a foreword by Walter Cronkite. A former board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Pickrel is a journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. She is a native of Richmond, Virginia.
Mike Wallace is a correspondent emeritus for CBS. He began his career as a newsman in the 1940s, joining 60 Minutes when the program first aired in 1968. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Wallace is the recipient of twenty Emmy Awards, and is an inductee of the Television Academy Hall of Fame, among other accolades. His third book, Between You and Me, written with Gary Paul Gates, was published in 2005.
About the Author
Jane King Hession is an architect, architectural historian, curator, writer, and lecturer. She has curated museum exhibits for nearly ten years, including Bridging America with Frank Lloyd Wright (The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002). She is a board member of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and the managing editor of the organization's quarterly Bulletin. Hession holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History as well as a Master of Architecture degree. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Debra Pickrel is principal of Pickrel Communications, a New York communications consultancy, and a freelance writer and editor. She has written on architecture, design, and preservation for a variety of leading national magazines including Architectural Record, House Beautiful, Metropolis, and Preservation. Pickrel served on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and was editor-in-chief of the Conservancy's quarterly Bulletin for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation. She resides in New York City.
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