Frank Lloyd Wright displaying Frank Lloyd Wright   2009-07-03


The Guggenheim museum is only building in Manhattan Frank Lloyd Wright designed that was actually built.    This year is the 50th anniversary of the museum, and to commemorate this, most of the museum is a temporary exhibit on the life work of Frank Lloyd Wright.   This exhibit continues through only end of August.


The museum web site is:   My photos at:   My photos are not the best but it was all I could manage as photography is officially prohibited.


Ironically Wright died a few months before the museum opened in 1959.    Early designs for the museum started with the Guggenheim family in the 1940s.   In an interesting early sketch, the shape of the spiral is inverted from what was ultimately built (second photo).    The idea of the spiral started early in the design with the premise that the visitor could go in a continuous loop/spiral without ever having to move between floors to view the artwork.


This sketch was at the very end of the exhibit, which appropriately, ends with the building of the museum itself, which was one of Wright's last projects.





Here's a few lesser known projects from Wright.   First, this proposed structure, not build, was designed to be a planetarium, scenic overlook, and restaurant for a mountaintop in Maryland and has the interesting name of the 'Gorden Strong Automobile Objective'.      Like the museum, it has a spiral design, which in this case, were for car ramps.












A space-age like proposal for a golf resort in Los Angeles, also ultimately not built.   The project was proposed by Huntington Hartford, at that time heir to the A&P supermarket chain in the 1950s.







Wright designed several religious buildings that were actually built, and this one, the Beth Sholom Synagogue is in Elkins Park, PA, just north of Philadelphia.   It is on my list for a future cultural activity.







Here's a project Wright participated in that few know about - who is usually best known for American architecture.    Although little of it was actually built, he participated in an effort to redesign the urban center or Baghdad in the 1950s.   Here is a drawing proposing his version of an open marketplace.




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