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The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion

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With this volume, Storrer surpasses his previous catalog of Wright's work, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (MIT Pr., 1978), by compiling detailed plans, photographs, and brief histories of every structure built by America's most widely known architect. The very handsome oversized book details the range of Wright's output from cottages in Montana to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Although the author denies its relevance, some color photography would have enhanced the text, and the lack of a bibliography is regrettable; also, Storrer continues his earlier use of zip codes as guides to locations, a device some users will find clumsy. Nevertheless, this volume is an essential purchase for serious architecture collections.
- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Wright expert Storrer has compiled the definitive Wright reference book. His splendid descriptive volume covers more than 450 buildings designed by master architect Wright between 1886 and 1959. Storrer documents each structure with plans, drawings, photographs, and commentary. Each presentation is both complete and concise, following each stage of Wright's aesthetic development, each leap of his imagination, and each instance of technical innovation. The surprisingly fluid text includes anecdotes about the circumstances leading up to important commissions and pithy discussions of the personalities and motivations of Wright's often unusual clients. Storrer is not only a scholar and writer, but a computer draftsman and photographer as well. He has painstakingly redrawn floor plans to accurately reflect the layout of the actual buildings, as opposed to Wright's preconstruction drawings, and taken most of the 965 photographs. Storrer carefully composed each shot to capture the play of light and shadow Wright orchestrated for both the interior and the exterior of his unique creations. While Storrer's "companion" is not as coffee-table pretty as some of the other Wright books out this past year, it is an invaluable, enjoyable, and authoritative resource. Donna Seaman

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  • Hardcover: 508 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (January 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226776247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226776248
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Robin on December 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an expensive book but you need only buy it once and you will have readable plans and details of more than 470 Wright buildings. I love his work and have several books about the great man but I find that plans in other books are sometimes unreadable because of the reduction to fit on the page. William Storrer has redrawn them all and taken nearly all the black and white photos. These are to Wright's specification: exterior shots to be in a natural context and include foliage, interiors should be taken with natural light and from a seated position and as Storrer says, this last condition excludes most contemporary color photography of his work. Also included is a ZIP code index of the buildings if you want to visit and see the outside, lucky Illinois and Wisconsin have the most.

Brillliant though this book is I really wanted to see Wright's work in color and I can recommend 'The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright' by Thomas A Heinz, an inexpensive 448 page book with a color photo of every building.

Both authors are experts on Wright and if you have these two books (and a table to support their weight) you will hardly need to buy any other books on America's greatest architect, then again I liked Doreen Ehrlich's 'Frank Lloyd Wright Glass' and Carla Lind's 'The Wright Style: the interiors of Frank Lloyd Wright' and......!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Jette on December 11, 2001
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I bought this book from based on the Star rating. I did not know if it was really valid. It is!
This book about Frank Lloyd Wright's designs give a conceptual overview to the evolution of his style. It is excellent for the novice, non architect (which I am). I have been able to visit three of his homes based on the directory in the back. It has also opened up other venues to help me arrive at a FLW inspired house that I am about to build. It is worth the cost if you are looking for the best single source of his work that I have been able to locate outside of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David H. Williams on July 12, 2010
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My wife and I have made a hobby of studying Frank Lloyd Wright's residential architecture. We've visited Wright designed homes throughout the country and hope to build a Wright inspired Usonian-type retirement home. We have collected 20+ books depicting Wright's work to better inform ourselves and a yet to be selected architect and contractor of the proportions and details required to create "the look" we want to achieve. Of all the volumes in our collection, we find this one most useful--so useful that we will soon replace it because we've broken the binding lugging it around with too many pages of personal notes stuffed inside. It contains many things other works do not. Among them are the actual street address of every Wright-designed structure still standing and measured drawings of each construction. The drawings are important because the more commonly published original plans were often changed in the field to accommodate real world construction requirements. The structures are presented in chronological order and effectively demonstrate the refinement of Wright's design philosophy over time. This aspect is enhanced by insightful author's notes that succinctly describe the trend in Wright's evolving pursuit of a uniquely American architecture from era to era a single page that is often more informative than the chapter devoted to the same subject in other works. It isn't a "coffee table" book. Photos are black and white to better depict proportions and details without the distraction of color. For that reason, it is best used in conjunction with a more photographically-oriented volume and pairs well with ...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott J. Taylor on November 24, 2013
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If you love Frank Lloyd Wright's work this is a must have book. Even though the floor plans are a bit small they are a wonderful study and show how his work evolved. If you would love to build a FLW style home this is a necessity to start your plans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mortone on December 28, 2014
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The revised edition is better organized than the original edition. A great book about wonderful architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you want to see the progress of his work from beginning to the end of his life this is the book to get. The only book, books better are a sixteen plus volume collection that cost a hundred hundred dollars a book when I was a poor architecture student and could only starve my self long enough to buy five of them from the first Usionain to the early fifties - full set went for 4k plus big architectural book store on the west coast. There are other books that go into greater depth of a particular style, or building during a particular period, but this shows you all of it, and what to look for. The only things missing are his unbuilt projects. There are a lot pictures and floor plans that fill half pages. 467 pages about 433 projects, with ten to twelve pages more those projects addresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Preston on August 20, 2013
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This book was recommended by a very good docent at the Dana-Thomas House in
Springfield, IL. It is amazingly detailed about Wright's designs and work. A bummer that
there are not color photos, but the architectural drawings are worth the price.
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