The prestigious Stuart Weitzman School of Design is sponsoring a very special Unity Temple-related event and you’re invited!
On February 25, 2021, at 5:30pm CST, please join Gunny Harboe, Dorothy Krotzer, and Lauren Levine in a discussion on the recent restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple. The panel will be moderated by Frank Matero, Professor and Chair of Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennslyvania and Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director, Ph.D. Program in Architecture, College of Architecture, IIT. Register for panel discussion Here.
The Unity Temple documentary is available to view for $5.99 through February 25. Register for film viewing here.
Frank Lloyd Wright always believed in showcasing his artwork throughout his two homes. His collection of asian screens was no exception. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's The Whirling Arrow tells us how the Collections & Preservation staff work with conservation specialists to preserve and protect these magnificent historic screens while continuing to display Wright’s artwork for future generations to enjoy.
The value of the collections is accentuated by Wright’s philosophy: He saw the architecture of a structure, its surroundings, and what decorates within as a whole. “In organic architecture then, it is quite impossible to consider the building as one thing, its furnishings another and its setting and environment still another,” he concluded. “The spirit in which these buildings are conceived sees all these together at work as one thing.”
Read how today, these magnificent works of art are protected and accessible, waiting for your visit. May they continue to inspire for generations to come! Click here.
“Honest Architecture is not the result of warmed over ideas. It is very important that we learn in Architecture not to follow just because something is good or great or style. We need very much to look into it, and inquire into what we can do with it, and study Architecture as a principle bigger than anyone, or anyplace, or anytime. We should try to re-evaluate this concept, always, in terms of our materials, methods and civilization that we are part of." — Bruce Goff
Virginia Cucchi of Floornature has written an article on the extremely interesting and just as difficult to define architect, Bruce Goff. Starting with the exceptionally talented 12 year old Goff, and continuing through to the now lost Bavinger House — designed by Bruce Goff for Eugene and Nancy Bavinger in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1950. To get a glimpse of the man and see the photographs, click here.
Despina Stratigakos, vice provost for inclusive excellence and professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, has been named to the board of directors of the Martin House.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, designed and built from 1903-05, is considered by Wright scholars to be a significant turning point in the evolution of Wright’s Prairie house concept. The National Historic Landmark is located in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.
Among her many accomplishments, Stratigakos has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an adviser of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech and as a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
She has taken part in Buffalo’s municipal task force for Diversity in Architecture, and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence. Read more here.
Tim Totten has always had an interest in architecture and in particular the world-renowned architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. He even enrolled in college to become an architect. After college, the Florida entrepreneur eventually started several successful enterprises while he continued to study Wright's life and work, visiting Wright sites and also conducting tours and giving presentations around the country for over 30 years. In this virtual presentation, hosted by the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, the now Wright expert and master storyteller Totten will cover Wright's work in Southern California and share the fascinating relationship the famous architect had with Hollywood and his numerous stalled attempts, and eventual success, in becoming the architect of the stars. Frank Lloyd Wright Goes to Hollywood will be online Thu., Feb. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Visit dana-thomas.org to register for the free event.