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Description of Pictures: Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
On view July 10th through September 6th
The District Architecture Center is pleased to host Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, an exhibition exploring the design of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses, often considered his greatest architectural accomplishment. Through reproduction drawings, photographs, and photographic murals, the exhibition illustrates the myriad—both obvious and subtle—ways Wright created the visual character of interior space and objects within it, each an essential detail of the larger whole.
Drawings and photographs of interiors show the ingenious ways Wright maximized the feeling of open space while accommodating the various functions for daily living. Wright’s rejection of past styles led him to the contemporary visual language of abstraction and geometry. For Wright, this language had a deeper source as the structure and ornament of all forms in nature. Just as a living form is one entity in structure and ornament, so the house was to be a single whole in structure and expression. The works in this exhibition reveal how all elements in Wright’s design express the overarching abstract geometric order of the house. Learn more
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AIAFLW_190730_001.JPG: Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
AIAFLW_190730_009.JPG: Frank Lloyd Wright
Architecture of the Interior
AIAFLW_190730_014.JPG: The Space Within
AIAFLW_190730_021.JPG: Frederick Robie House | Dining Area, looking Toward Living Area
AIAFLW_190730_025.JPG: C. Thaxter Shaw House | Dining Area
AIAFLW_190730_029.JPG: C. Thaxter Shaw House | Living Area
AIAFLW_190730_035.JPG: Frederick Robie House | Dining Area
AIAFLW_190730_040.JPG: American Model C-3 Ready-cut (System-Built)
AIAFLW_190730_045.JPG: John Nesbitt "Sijistan" Remodel of Charles Ennis House | Dining Area
Los Angeles, California
AIAFLW_190730_053.JPG: Sixty Years of Living Architecture exhibition, Usonian House | Plan
New York, New York
AIAFLW_190730_057.JPG: Edward E. Boynton House | Dining Area
Rochester, New York
AIAFLW_190730_062.JPG: Objects Within the Space
AIAFLW_190730_066.JPG: Table and Chair Design
AIAFLW_190730_071.JPG: "Taliesin Line" Products Exhibited at Chicago Merchandise Mart
AIAFLW_190730_075.JPG: "Taliesin Line" Project, "The Four Square" Design for Heritage-Henredon | Modular Pieces
AIAFLW_190730_085.JPG: "Taliesin" Project, "The Four Square Ornaments"
Design for Heritage-Henredon
Buffalo, New York
AIAFLW_190730_088.JPG: Lloyd Lewis House | Living Area Looking Toward Landscape
AIAFLW_190730_093.JPG: Lloyd Lewis House | Living Area Design
AIAFLW_190730_099.JPG: The Organic Whole
AIAFLW_190730_105.JPG: David Wright House | Plan featuring Carpet Design
AIAFLW_190730_118.JPG: Glass House Project for Ladies' Home Journal | View into Interior
AIAFLW_190730_124.JPG: Glass House Project for Ladies' Home Journal | Plan
AIAFLW_190730_146.JPG: Samuel Freeman House | Perforated Modular Unit
Los Angeles, California
In the early 1920s, Wright designed four houses using concrete blocks cast with distinct decorative patterns, supposedly inspired by Mayan and Aztec temples. These textured modular units "beautified" what Wright considered a cheap and ugly material while unifying the exterior and interior spaces to create harmony.
Harriet Freeman bequeathed the house to the University of Southern California School of Architecture in the mid-1980s. After years of decay, as well as damage sustained during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the house underwent an initial phase of stabilization and rehabilitation. It is unclear, however, if the house today is fully rehabilitated.
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