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Sunday, February 08, 2009


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Julie Siegel

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. There are so few books on Wright & landscape that this speaks to a real need. Plus now we know from yr review that it has good photos.

FYI: I consider the Grand Canyon & FLW's Fallingwater, the two most awesome sites I've visited in the US.


If you know lots about Wright, it can be a bit frustrating because the big events are boiled down to a sentence. The focus is his landscapes and not his life. But the pictures really do give you a good sense of his work at each location. You've probably thought about him this way before, being from Chicago — but it is a good addition to the FLW literature.

I've never been to Fallingwater; but I saw the Grand Canyon in 1971. This was after driving down through the Colorado Rockies and after visiting Mesa Verde (when you were still pretty free to climb around). As a result the GC felt like a hole in the ground and left me cold. We should have climbed down into it — which everyone says is the most meaningful way to experience it.

style court

Superb review. Any comment I make now will seem insignificant!

I've never seen -- or don't remember -- such striking images of the Red dahlias. I do remember the facts about his students working in the orchard. How dramatic though is the detail about the casket and the flowers? Not sure if that was in the PBS documentary or not :)


Thanks. I thought I knew quite a bit about Wright (and Mameh) but I don't remember that either. There is a great PBS program called "Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo" which centers on the house FLW did for Darwin Martin, which he considered his "opus."

Without Martin's emotional and financial support, it's very likely that Wright's career might have ended when he fled Chicago for Wisconsin with Cheney. It was Martin's money — never repaid — that built Taliesin, Wright's refuge from the world and his troubles.

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