Taliesin Preservation’s historian Keiran Murphy’s weekly round-up of noteworthy FLLW resources.
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Books about Taliesin, Part I
“Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss“ by Ron McCrea
Veteran reporter Ron McCrea used his discovery of previously unpublished photographic negatives of Taliesin in 1911-12 to weave a story about Wright’s conception of Taliesin while in Italy with his partner, Mamah Borthwick, some of the important visitors to Taliesin and Taliesin’s initial construction. Includes over 40 photographs of Taliesin before its first fire of 1914.
1911. Photograph by Taylor Woolley. Property: Utah State Historical Society, C-340 Fd 1 #1. Looking (plan) northeast.
“Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders” by William Brennan
An attempt to trace Wright’s relationship with Mamah Borthwick, until the fire and murders at Taliesin in August 1914. A companion book to the more fully illustrated, Building Taliesin.
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin as Illustrated by Vintage Postcards” by Randolph Henning
Unique postcards collected over the years by Henning, & includes postcards of Wright’s home from 1911 into the 1950s, the buildings he designed for his aunts and their nearby school (the Home Building, the Hillside Home School, and the Romeo and Juliet Windmill Tower), and others.
1914. Property: Randolph Henning. Looking (plan) northeast.
“Frank Lloyd Wright: Taliesin”, GA Traveler Series, #2”
Text by Taliesin archivist Bruce Pfeiffer with photographs by Yukio Futagawa
Almost 300 pages, this book includes photographs and drawings of Taliesin from Wright’s archives, and photographs of all of the buildings on the Taliesin estate. Most of the archival photographs and drawings are not available anywhere else.
Here’s a nice piece on a building by Charles Montooth, who was an apprentice of Wright’s from 1945-52, then was an architect and resident at Taliesin from the early 1960s until 2009. He was in the successor firm to Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin Architects, until 2003: modernphoenix.net/montooth/warner.htm