HISTORIAN’S CORNER: NOVEMBER 2019, Pt.I

November 10th

HISTORIAN’S CORNER: November 10

Taliesin Preservation’s cultural historian Keiran Murphy’s round-up of historical resources.

Fall photograph of Olgivanna and Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin with writer Alexander Woollcott. Wright invited Woollcott to the estate in the late 1920s: “This note will be witless as usual, but grateful…. Dear Man, why don’t you come up here? Bring any friend up here with you. Both of you can find an admirable place to work here…” [FICHEID: W045B08. Photograph by Blane Drake. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).]

TRENDING ONLINE:
Writing about the concrete blocks he used at the Millard House (“La Miniatura”), the architect wrote that concrete should be taken “out from underfoot or from the gutter–find a hitherto unsuspected soul in it….” Curious about how on concrete is used in design today? Read more at Slate.com

TALIESIN FELLOWSHIP/SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AT TALIESIN
Remembering Wright apprentice Paolo Soleri who designed Arcosanti in Arizona:
archdaily.com/357747/remembering-paolo-soleri-1919-2013/

FINDS AT TALIESIN:
In 1943, Wright constructed a room and exterior balcony above the two birch trees seen in the photo above. The room and balcony went around the two trees. Not surprisingly, they didn’t survive Wright’s changes for long—both died within ten years (although, the architect did keep at least one of the tree trunks in place for the remainder of his life).