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About the Author

Alan Weintraub is an architectural photographer whose recent work includes Bay Area Style. Alan Hess is an architectural writer and author of Rizzoli's The Architecture of John Lautner. Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Thomas S. Hines is Professor of History and Architecture at UCLA. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Kathryn Smith is an architecture historian, preservation consultant, author and lecturer. Margo Stipe is Registrar of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Eric Lloyd Wright, great grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, is an architect based in California.
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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827367
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.1 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will send Wright fans into a tizzy, it's that wonderful. The authors have assembled a collection of the complete Frank Lloyd Wright houses that remain (a sadly dwindling number), and the Weintraub photographs are simply amazing. There are some good essays but the photographs are really the heart of the book.

The images are immense (the book feels like 300 lbs on your lap) and stunning. It is after all the experience of the physical visit to see the spatial and visual detail of Wright's houses that is so exciting, and these photographs are a great substitute for a visit. They are very palpable. They have a keen sense in demonstrating the interplay of natural light within the Wright interiors and a good sense for the dynamic qualities of his spaces.

For someone familiar with Wright's more obscure houses by looking at little grainy black and white images, these photos are simply a revelation.

An essential book for any fan of Wright's architecture.
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I honestly do not know how many Wright books I have(40-50?). There are better photos of one house like Fallingwater in specific books devoted to one house, but that being said, this is the best book of photos of Wright Houses, particularly Usonian houses that I have ever seen. It is simply stunning. Even the site photographs are magnificent. When you compare the houses that have been moved from their original site(Pope-Leighy, Gordon)to those that have not it makes the genius of Wright even more amazing.

If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, do not miss this!!
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If you have already read the other reviews you know how good this book is. I wish they had this available when I first started getting interested in Frank Lloyd Wright back in college. All they had then were the dingy, dark, older pictures that really didn't convey just how great some of Mr. Wright's houses were. These new pictures really show how much genius he had in design. What is even more apparant when you see some of these new pictures is just how much mastery he had for setting up a home with natural light. Simply put, if you have the money and are even a casual fan, you should just treat yourself and get the book.
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This book has more plusses than minuses, but it is organized in an odd way and many of the pictures are less than perfect. Ironically, for a coffee table picture book, its essays are its most outstanding feature. Alan Hess provides an introduction to each chapter, but his overview and comparisons among the houses of each period would greatly benefit from moving some of the pictures from the back into the text itself. Each chapter ends with a guest essay, all of which are very insightful, but most of which do not really limit themselves to the chapter just covered. While the reader can overcome these problems by flipping back and forth in the book, that is not easy given its great heft!

The pictures pose a number of issues. Most of the interior shots are in the same golden hue, suggesting the use of the same filter or of a specific kind of lighting. Some pictures focus on so limited an area that, for instance, a gorgeous stained glass ceiling is omitted. Others are of relatively mundane bedrooms and bathrooms. Pictures are included of additions to the houses by Wright apprentices, while really interesting Wright-designed features of some houses are not pictured at all. An example of this is the omission of any photo of the marvelous kitchen in a cairn in the Hagan House. Finally, numerous exterior shots were taken when the facades were in shadow.

The photographer can certainly do better than this, as demonstrated in the book he did with the author on John Lautner. And Rizzoli can as well for Wright, as demonstrated in Masterworks.
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This is a necessary book for all who study architecture. Why? Because the photography conveys something close to the reality of Mr. Wright's works, especially so when it comes to the interiors.

When I was studying architecture in college in the 1970s, the BEST photography books about Wright's oeuvre were "In the Nature of Materials" and the very expensive Wendingen Edition. Both are presented in black and white and while that kind of pared-down quality may have suited the age in which the International Style was still in its ascendancy, it did nothing whatsoever to convey the true sense of a Wright space--specifically interior space. The intimately human scale of these spaces was missed.

And color is so much a part of Wright's aesthetic, and without it, one is in dreary Kansas instead of Oz.

Living in the northeast, it was not possible to see many Wright buildings first hand, until that trip to Chicago... and then what a revelation! These spaces were not cold grays but marvels of ochres and greens and wood tones and conveyed so much more serenity than those older photos could suggest.

Happily, future years placed me in conjunction with many of the Midwestern buildings, and a day trip could take me to Wisconsin or Michigan or other less-frequently visited residential and commercial works by F L W. Friendships with original Wright clients or owners of Wright houses opened other doors--I have experienced about one third of the places in this book, so--trust me--the photos do them justice and are almost as good as being there.

I would guess that anyone who has been in these places will tell you that this book gives a very fine representation of these spaces.
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