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The maturation of any artist should be well documented, and when that artist is Frank Lloyd Wright, only a well-researched and visually impressive presentation will suffice--something Smith has succeeded in creating here. This is the story of the conception, design, construction, and eventual failure of Olive Hill, a planned theatrical community on 36 acres in Hollywood. Smith describes the battle of the powerful rich with the artistic poor and the unfulfilled dreams and loss that resulted. By itself, this is a tale worth telling, but Smith uses this Hollywood landscape as a backdrop for discussing a period of intense experimentation and struggle that forced Wright to develop a more modern view of architecture. This book is rich in line drawings, architectural photographs, and documents of the original projects of Olive Hill, of which only two were built, one the famous Hollyhock House. Very little has been written about Olive Hill, and this book is a treasure of information. Recommended for public and academic libraries. For more on Wright, see the review of his Collected Writings, Vol. 2 , p. 165.--Ed.
- Glenn Masuchika, Cha minade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kathryn Smith is a professor of architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI ARC) in Santa Monica.
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Product Details

  • Series: California Architecture and Architects
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hennessey & Ingalls (May 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940512432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940512436
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an interesting juxtaposition of two things--Frank Lloyd Wright's complex dealings with a maverick, and some very rare, beautiful photos.
The first part of this is probably of interest to only Frank Lloyd Wright's fans. But those photographs are something else.
Most people know only the exterior of Hollyhock House--cold, forbidding, monolithic; but are unfamiliar with its breathtakingly beautiful interior--in this book, displayed with some photos in vivid color. In my opinion, the interior of this building is the most beautiful of all Frank Lloyd Wright houses; a masterpiece of interior design in the Prairie Style. As an added bonus, there are some extremely rare photos of Residence B--long-demolished, it was a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, probably unique in its use of mitred wood and corbeled posts. (I've never seen a house like it in my entire life).
The photos make this book a must-read, must-have part of your collection, suitable for display on a coffee table.
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Beautiful and informative...
If in LA, go to see Hollyhock House and Olive Hill - you will get to see and experience one of Frank Lloyd Wright's creations. Amazing and beautiful!
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Great book very well done. It was hard to find a good book with color pictures of the Hollyhock House
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Beautiful book in great shape
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