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Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco by Paul V. Turner, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®A mortuary. A voluptuous elongated bridge. Even a wedding chapel on stilts. This local angle makes Paul V. Still, Wright thought enough of his unsolicited vision to build two enormous models of it for display in his studio.
Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco
The number of books on Frank Lloyd Wright by now must rival the number of buildings designed by the tempestuous architect during his year life - biographies and tributes, analyses and novels, coffee-table volumes of voyeuristic heft. So it's no wonder the stream continues this year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of New York's Guggenheim Museum, the landmark most associated with Wright. The surprise is that two of the newcomers have enduring merit: never straying from the architecture, but going beyond hagiography to let us glimpse the icon's heavy feet of clay. The Guggenheim is quintessential Wright, defying all trends except those that it spawned. The propulsive spiral of concrete at Central Park infuriated artists and purists when it opened in , yet it showed once and for all that urban architecture can be willfully mesmerizing sculpture. It's also the precursor to every eye-catching cultural facility since, up to and including the Contemporary Jewish Museum that opened in San Francisco last year.
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Join us for an engaging presentation by local author and architectural historian Paul V. People don't realize how many projects Wright designed for this region: eight buildings that were constructed, and over twenty that remained unbuilt. The book illustrates all of these designs, with photographs for the built projects, and Wright's beautiful perspective drawings for the unconstructed ones. These built and unbuilt projects include some of Wright's most innovative designs, consisting of houses, a gift shop, a civic center, a post office, a skyscraper, a mortuary complex, an industrial building, religious structures, an amphitheater, a fair pavilion, a bridge across the San Francisco Bay--even a dog house. To explain why the unbuilt designs were not constructed, the book examines the correspondence between Wright and all the people who commissioned these projects, revealing some surprising facts about the architect's personality and his relationships with his clients.
Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco. Paul Venable Turner. An unprecedented look at the architect's storied relationship with San Francisco and the Bay Area Frank Lloyd Wright often spent time in San Francisco, which he called "the most charming city in America. Turner looks at the architect's complex and evolving relationship with the city, surveying the full body of Wright's work in the Bay Area--roughly thirty projects, a third of which were built. Spanning to , they include houses, a gift shop, a civic center, a skyscraper, a church, an industrial building, a mortuary, and a bridge across the San Francisco Bay. The unbuilt structures are among Wright's most innovative, and the diverse reasons for their failure counter long-held stereotypes about the architect. Wright's Bay Area projects are published together here for the first time, along with previously unpublished correspondence between Wright and his clients, as well as his Bay Area associate Aaron Green.