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The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog Hardcover – May 31, 1974
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"This very helpful list now comprises more than 430 built designs and is presented with revisions and additions to the text entries, with better reproduction of the photographs, about 30 different and better photographs, some better drawings of buildings difficult to photograph, and seven entirely new illustrations.... Storrer traveled 78,000 miles in search of Wright's work, becoming the first to perform a service often enough dreamed of by scholars and devotees of Wright. It was no small task, and his catalogue should well serve a wide audience as a guide to the buildings of an architect whose accomplishment continues to resist the limitations of any one author or any single volume."
- Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This edition includes a number of new features. It provides information on Frank Lloyd Wright buildings discovered since the first edition. It features full-color photographs to highlight those buildings that remain essentially as they were first built. To facilitate its use as a convenient field guide, this durable flexibound edition gives full addresses with each entry, as well as GPS coordinates, and offers maps giving the shortest route to each building. Preserving the chronological order of past editions, the catalog allows readers to trace the progression of Frank Lloyd Wright's built designs from the early Prairie school works to the last building constructed to Wright's specifications on the original site--the Aime and Norman Lykes residence.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright will be indispensable for anyone fascinated with Wright's unique architectural genius.
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First the book is larger. I attached a photo of the two editions side by side. Next much of the text has been expanded. The photos are mostly the same between the two editions, but they are now mostly in color and generally a bit larger. The text has recent information about the state of the buildings. Some have moved, been damaged by earthquakes, razed by storms. Many have been restored, put in public trust, saved for their merit. Some are open to the public. I see only one building added as Mr. Wright's first 000 project. There might be more, but nothing added since Mr. Wright's death. There is nothing about Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin for example. Some of the houses end up with different catalog numbers.
My love of this book has to do with it providing the locations of all these buildings. Many of these buildings are still in private hands. They are never fully captured by the photos. The angles and depth are missing. It looks like the maps have been made more detailed. GPS style coordinates are provided for each building in the catalog. What is missing it the Geographical Index by Zip code as it existed in the Second Edition. It might be a sign of the times to provide the GPS coordinates. It would be nice to still provide an index with the street address and Zip Codes for sake of completeness. The old style street address and zip code is included with the catalog entry.
The author makes this very clear that is the Storrer Catalog System of Built Work of FLW. That is the other big change. Both books number the structures sequentially. Catalog Item 2, the Oak Park Residence is now named S.002, S.003 the Playroom Addition, S.004 the Studio. Items only named in the last edition are assigned numbers. S.002A - S.004A are the previously uncatalogued Home and Studio Conversions.
Nice book. The color versions of the photos and the additional commentary makes it as much a new work as it is an upgrade. It is well worth the money. Take it with you on vacation and see how many sites you can visit.
It is important to understand that the book is organized chronologically. As an example, it is not convenient to see all of the wright buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. I had to add paper bookmarks to the map of the Madison area near the back of the book, then use additional sticky notes to mark the pages for each building in that area so I could plan my day. It does work, but it's cumbersome. (By contrast, The Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide by Thomas A. Heinz is a little less detailed, but is organized by region.)
As a reference while researching his work at home, or to see the evolution of his style over time, it works much better.