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The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author/EditorWright: Schrenk, L (Author)
ISBN: 9780226318943
Pub Date05/04/2021
BindingHardback
Pages336
Dimensions (mm)279(h) * 210(w)
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Between 1898 and 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright's residential studio in the idyllic Chicago suburb of Oak Park served as a nontraditional work setting as he matured into a leader in his field and formulized his iconic design ideology. Here, architecture historian Lisa D. Schrenk breaks the myth of Wright as the lone genius and reveals new insights into his early career. With a rich narrative voice and meticulous detail, Schrenk tracks the practice's evolution: addressing how the studio fit into the Chicago-area design scene; identifying the other architects working there and their contributions; and exploring how the suburban setting and the nearby presence of family influenced office life. Built as an addition to his 1889 shingle-style home, Wright's studio was a core site for the ideological development of the prairie house, one of the first truly American forms of residential architecture. Schrenk documents the educational atmosphere of Wright's office in the context of his developing design ideology, revealing three phases as he transitioned from colleague to leader. This heavily illustrated book includes a detailed discussion of the physical changes Wright made to the building and how they informed his architectural thinking and educational practices. Schrenk also addresses the later transformations of the building, including into an art center in the 1930s, its restoration in the 1970s and 80s, and its current use as a historic house museum.

Based on significant archival research, including interviews with Wright's family and 180 images, The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright offers the first comprehensive look at the early independent office of one of the world's most influential architects.

Between 1898 and 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright's residential studio in the idyllic Chicago suburb of Oak Park served as a nontraditional work setting as he matured into a leader in his field and formulized his iconic design ideology. Here, architecture historian Lisa D. Schrenk breaks the myth of Wright as the lone genius and reveals new insights into his early career. With a rich narrative voice and meticulous detail, Schrenk tracks the practice's evolution: addressing how the studio fit into the Chicago-area design scene; identifying the other architects working there and their contributions; and exploring how the suburban setting and the nearby presence of family influenced office life. Built as an addition to his 1889 shingle-style home, Wright's studio was a core site for the ideological development of the prairie house, one of the first truly American forms of residential architecture. Schrenk documents the educational atmosphere of Wright's office in the context of his developing design ideology, revealing three phases as he transitioned from colleague to leader. This heavily illustrated book includes a detailed discussion of the physical changes Wright made to the building and how they informed his architectural thinking and educational practices. Schrenk also addresses the later transformations of the building, including into an art center in the 1930s, its restoration in the 1970s and 80s, and its current use as a historic house museum.

Based on significant archival research, including interviews with Wright's family and 180 images, The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright offers the first comprehensive look at the early independent office of one of the world's most influential architects.

Lisa D. Schrenk is associate professor of architectural history at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair and was the education director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation from 1988 to 1992.

Preface Introduction 1 Roots of the Oak Park Studio: Education and Exploration 2 Opening of the Oak Park Studio (1898): Establishment and Ownership 3 Early Years of the Oak Park Studio (1898-1902): Dialogue and Growth 4 Middle Years of the Oak Park Studio (1903-1905): Opportunity and Diversity 5 Last Years of the Oak Park Studio (1906-1909): Consistency and Change 6 Closing the Studio (1909-1911): Escape and Retrospection 7 Wright's Further Developments of the Home Studio Concept: Reiteration and Adaption Conclusion: Legacy of the Oak Park Studio: Dissemination and Manipulation Epilogue: Evolution of the Home and Studio Post 1911: Division and Renewal Acknowledgments Abbreviations Appendix A: Architectural Designs Carried Out in the Oak Park Studio Appendix B: Time Line of Architects in the Studio Appendix C: Biographies of Those Involved in the Oak Park Studio Appendix D: Letter from Frank Lloyd Wright to Anna Lloyd Wright, 4 July 1910 Appendix E: Text of Sales Brochure for Home and Studio Property Appendix F: Title Record of Oak Park Home and Studio Property Notes Bibliography Index

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