- Hardcover: 508 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (January 15, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226776247
- ISBN-13: 978-0226776248
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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I recall when purchased new in shrink wrap in the late 1990's it cost about $50. Gone up in value since according to going prices at Amazon.
Includes only light background discussion of each project, but there is an architectural summary plan drawing for each entry apparently copied from original drawings.
The edition I have is all black & white. Accompanying color pics would have been nice, but I have a fair amount of other FLW books with color pics to compliment this book. Sounds like later editions of this book might have color photography according to other reviews.
I found the index and project numbering to be less that optimal. However, I suspect there might be a dozen ways to catalog all of FLW's works so I not complaining.
This is an excellent book that I regularly refer to when I get into my architecture book browsing mode. It is sized just right to rest in my lap for an afternoon of browsing in a comfy chair. Probably is now too expensive to casually purchase if found in a bookstore. I would definitely encourage at least reviewing at a local library.
The clear, readable floorplans which are given for every structure is possibly the biggest selling point of this book.
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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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