"[C]omprehensive and compelling.... Chusid...deftly tackles the conservation issues that are arising with more modern buildings." (Press Release announcing Saving Wright won the 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize from Mary Washington University.)
“This extraordinarily engaging book goes to the heart of key issues related to the preservation not only of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture but also of all modernist buildings whose materials and methods were experimental in their time. . . . This book wholly recovers historical and technical realities and, just as importantly, frames them narratively in such a way that the reader sees this case study as representative of field-wide concerns.” (Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum
“This well-written and informative book shares [Chusid’s] close-up view of a fascinating case study and discusses philosophical issues and practical problems that we encounter with many twentieth-century structures. . . . [A] valuable addition to the libraries of admirers of Frank Lloyd Wright and preservation professionals involved with twentieth-century structures.” (APT Bulletin: Journal of Preservation Technology
“Although there is nothing fictional about it, the book examines this singularly beautiful but fundamentally flawed house with all the drama, cast of colorful characters, and (literally) earth-shaking plot twists of a movie script. . . . At its core, this richly illustrated preservation case study is of particular interest to educators and professionals in the field. Abundant photographs, drawings, and computer models enhance one's comprehension of the enormous efforts undertaken to save the compromised house. ” (Preservation Education & Research
“More than just a restoration story, Saving Wright
explores key questions—like how to respect the integrity of a building while making it functional for today's world—that are at the heart of the historic-preservation debate.” (Old House Journal
“[A] wonderful new book…. [T]his is much more than another book about another Wright house, its clients and it design. The book is a detailed case study in historic preservation and the myriad challenges entailed in the task…. [C]ompelling reading for scholars and aficionados of Wright’s work.” (The Journal Times Online
“The unprecedented challenges presented to architectural conservationists by the aging landmarks of Modernism . . . are well described in Jeffrey M. Chusid's Saving Wright . . .
a detailed record of his decisive work in stabilizing and restoring Frank Lloyd Wright's Freeman House of 1923-1925 in Los Angeles. ” (The New York Review of Books
“The book’s subject is the perfect laboratory for considering such issues as the advisability of removing the work of later architects to expose the original building, and whether to retain failing structural materials in an earthquake zone or to re-engineer some of the parts in order to preserve the whole. . . . [T]he thoughtful text, accompanied by extensive, detailed photographs of the original construction and later preservation, will help guide readers in making these decisions.” (Style 1900: Antiques & Interiors
About the Author
Jeffrey M. Chusid
, is an architect and an associate professor in the historic preservation planning program at Cornell University. He has also taught at Harvard, the University of Southern California, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Texas at Austin. His professional work has included architectural design, planning for cultural landscapes and historic communities, and materials conservation projects in California, New York and Texas as well as China, Fiji, Bosnia, and Ukraine. He was the first United States coordinator for DOCOMOMO and the founding president of the Texas Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology and is currently president of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements. A past editor of the Journal of Architectural Education
, he has lectured, written articles, and curated exhibitions on modernist architecture in India and in Southern California, with special emphasis on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Chusid was the director of the Freeman House, and its preservation architect, from 1986 to 1997.
His book, Saving Wright, was awarded the 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize by The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation, and received an honorable mention for the 2012 Lee Nelson Book Award from the Association for Preservation Technology, Intl. (APT).