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Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered Hardcover – October 1, 1991


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Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered Patrick J. Meehan, AIA A sentimental and intriguing look at America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered explores the wide range of relationships maintained by Frank Lloyd Wright—from architect to friend, from husband to father. The voices of many of those who knew Wright reveal here a multifaceted portrait. Organized around the recollections of those who knew the architect, worked with him, or had met or been inspired by his work, Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered offers a fascinating look at how Wright was perceived by those around him. Featured are reminiscences of architects such as Walter Gropius and Philip Johnson; of clients such as Loren B. Pope and Sarah Smith; of apprentices such as William Wesley Peters and Fay Jones; of friends such as sculptor Egon Weiner and publisher Ben Raeburn; of family members such as Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, Anne Baxter, and Catherine Dorothy Wright Baxter. These personal recollections—some discussing a relationship in depth, others punctuated by comic incidents that quickly capsulize a particular aspect of Wright’s personality—provide a better understanding of this great American architect.

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Excerpts from Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered "No one understands the third dimension as well as he, the capacity of architecture to be an experience in depth, rather than a mere facade." —Philip Johnson, FAIA "In public, he had a histrionic sense. When he got on the stage, he really enjoyed tremendously playing a part, and he enjoyed tremendously shocking people.…But when you were alone with [him], in his own chambers, he became not only modest but really a very humble child. He was a very beautiful human being as I knew him." —R. Buckminster Fuller "…my friends [told me] I was a little giddy to think about approaching the great, expensive, and imperious Frank Lloyd Wright.…I decided that no matter how busy or important, the master would listen to someone who wanted one of his works so much. In due time, a letter was dispatched telling him how important was a house by him, along with a map of the site, contours and trees — some of the specifics a client would give his architect, all of it making an excess-postage envelope. It is very likely that no normally sensitive ego would have been unmoved by such a panegyric." —Loren B. Pope "…deep down he was a modest man. Just look at his home at Taliesin. Instead of cutting down a tree, he built around it. He had a sensitive feeling to the creations of God. How could such a person be conceited?" —Egon Weiner "He was incredible. To describe him in any kind of conventional language seems an impossibility. Whatever he did, he did well—he was an avid reader, a wonderful speaker, a marvelous skater." —Olgivanna Lloyd Wright
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471143839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471143833
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Wagner on August 2, 2006
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"Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered" is a collection of previously published (or sometimes previously broadcasted) material, spanning from the late 1940's to the early 1980's.

The book is broken down into six sections:

-In His Own Words: FLW's Public Persona

-Architects

-Clients

-Apprentices

-Friends and Acquaintances

-Family

Each section consists of 30 to 50 pages of interviews with people who knew Frank Lloyd Wright. These transcripts usually relate a few anectdotes which grant us a candid glimpse of the architect at work. The majority of these stories are affectionate, frequently using the term "genius." Negative comments are rare.

The majority of the book concentrates on Wright's later career (after the creation of Taliesen West). In fact, the largest section of the book is devoted to talks with past assistants from Taliesen West.

The big plus to this insightful book are the number of photos. Plenty of pictures, some multiple views of the same home, are placed throughout the book. Also, whenever a home is mentioned in the text - the editor kindly includes a page number footnote, so the reader can flip to the appropriate page, and see the structure the interviewee is talking about.

"Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered" is an excellent introductory book to the noted architect. It consists of many anecdotes, some silly: (like Wright's habit of placing a grand piano in every living room design he made), and some quite serious: (Wright, when asked about the future of his work after his death - he thought a while and said 'I don't know. I really don't know.')

Sometimes informative, always entertaining. This book's a fun, relatively quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAD on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you could assemble a collection of writings, interviews and reminiscence dealing with any historic figure, such a collection would be invaluable as a reference for understanding who the person was and how the person lived. This is what Patrick J. Meehan has done in "Frank Lloyd Wright Remembered." Wright the person as well as Wright the architect is a multi-million dollar phenomenon that continues to grow by the minute. People seem to be unable to get enough about his architecture (when he was at his best no one could top him) and his character (when he was at his worst one wonders how he got away with it all).

Meehan gives us a good bit of both from people who were related to him, worked alongside him, studied with him, interviewed him and befriended him. Many voices, many viewpoints--all presented in short chapters that make the book very easily digestible.

While this book is unwaveringly complementary of Wright and his genius, it is interesting that even the most glowing reminiscences from some of the apprentices still do show a man who was always at the center of his own universe and often somewhat out of touch with the rest of the world. There are very few dissenting voices (one longs for an excerpt or two from Marion Mahony Griffin's "The Magic of America", for instance). Nonetheless, it is a valuable contribution to the reams of writings on Wright.

Wright often said that the press never captured the twinkle in his eye when he made some of his more outlandish statements. Well, there is a bit of twinkle in this collection.
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