Individual Architects of the 2oth Century
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
Plagued by Fire
The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385353650
From the award-winning and nationally best-selling author of Hemingway's Boat and Sons of Mississippi--an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect.

Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home by a black servant gone mad. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man. With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.
The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind: The Architecture of Mark Mills
The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind
The Architecture of Mark Mills
Hardcover      ISBN: 1939621399

Mark Mills was a visionary architect, a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice whose innovative designs grow beyond Wright's work to uniquely blend structural principles and the organic forms of seashells.

When he heard Wright say that seashells are Nature's perfect architecture, Mark made that idea the foundation of his life's work. As seashells change their forms to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark adapted structural roof systems to shelter his clients, and he made them spectacularly beautiful. If the sky is Nature's umbrella above us, Mills's ceilings were the umbrella over his clients' lives in their homes. The ceiling revealed the skeleton of the building, exposed, visible from every part of the interior, since the interior walls were partitions that did not interrupt the view of the ceiling system. He used to joke (joking but not kidding) that he put so much thought and care into his roofs because the clients couldn't hang their knick-knacks on it and wreck its design.

From any place within Mark's houses, there is a sense of being under the entire shell of the roof. We may be in the living room, but we are also in the entire house at all times. They are, for him, shells for humans.

The Fantastic Seashells of the Mind, winner of the IPPY silver medal in Architecture and the PubWest Book Design silver medal award for adult trade books - Illustrated, is thoughtfully illustrated and brings together Mark Mills's own thinking behind his houses along with the insights of his wife, colleagues, and original clients and owners of Mark Mills houses. It is written to appeal to both architects and a general readership.
Richard Meier Houses 1962/1997
Richard Meier Houses 1962/1997
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847819310

This oversized book presents 14 built American houses by one of the world's most influential and widely emulated architects. New color interior and exterior photography as well as drawings, plans, clients' personal reflections, and the architect's insight accompany each house. With a chronology of all of Meier's built and unbuilt residential projects, this is a most beautiful and valuable reference for admirers of his work.

Wright Studies: Taliesin 1911 1914
Wright Studies
Taliesin 1911 1914
Hardcover      ISBN: 0809316242

This inaugural issue is devoted to studies of Taliesin I. Designed and constructed in 1911 upon Wright's return to Wisconsin from Europe, Taliesin I burned in August 1914. It thus became the most difficult Wright residence for Wright scholars to examine.


In this volume's critical essays, Neil Levine offers a view of the different layers of meaning of Taliesin I; Scott Gartner explains the legend of the Welsh bard Taliesin and its meaning for Wright; Anthony Alofsin considers the influence of the playwright Richard Hovey and the feminist Ellen Key on Wright's and Cheney's thought of the period; and Narciso G. Menocal suggests that the Gilmore and O'Shea houses in Madison, Wisconsin, are a collective antecedent to Taliesin I.


To conclude the volume, Anthony Alofsin has written what amounts to a catalogue raisonn of the drawings and photographs of Taliesin I. Surprisingly, he finds no photographs of the living area and argues that those that have been published are in fact of Taliesin II.

Purcell & Elmslie: Prairie Progressive Architects
Purcell & Elmslie
Prairie Progressive Architects
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1423600053

Purcell and Elmslie: Prairie Progressives explores the work of two important members of the organic architecture movement, and celebrates their tremendously important contributions to American architecture and the Prairie School. Wishing to return to simplicity and honesty, Purcell and Elmslie created homes and buildings that were consistent with a democratic society-simple forms, the natural use of textural materials and decoration, and buildings that accommodated the nature of a site. As did Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell and Elmslie held the conviction that a building does not end with its simple structure, but reaches its final and logical culmination in the clothing-color, situation and natural environment, together with its decoration of glass, terra-cotta, and other textural materials.
The firm of Purcell and Elmslie was tremendously successful in the sense that their small open-planned free-flowing houses could be shared by a great number of Americans of moderate means. Projects discussed in this book can be found throughout the Midwest, including Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and more. The time has come to recognize the work of these progressive architects of the Midwest.
Purcell and Elmslie: Prairie Progressives includes:
Comprehensive biographies of George Grant Elmslie and William Gray Purcell
The Work of the Firm
The Domestic and Non-Domestic Work of Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Work after the Firm Broke Up
The Late Work of Purcell and Elmslie
A Catalog of Major Projects

Aaron G. Green: Organic Architecture Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright
Aaron G. Green
Organic Architecture Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright
Hardcover      ISBN: 1939621372

Aaron G. Green, FAIA, was an internationally known organic architect of "striking originality and grace." His diversified architectural works include residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, judicial, religious, interment, mass housing, and educational projects. Aaron had a uniquely close relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, serving as Wright's West Coast representative for many years. When asked who Aaron was, Wright commented, "Aaron Green is my son." This 448-page biography with over 700 images--gold medal winner of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Art & Photography books--includes many previously unpublished drawings from the Aaron Green archives, which encompass just a fraction of the work and influence of Aaron's life. This monograph showcases thirty-nine projects that encapsulate the essence of his drive - to create beautiful organic architecture true to the land, the building, and those who enjoy the spaces he created.

The Architecture of Edwin Lundie
The Architecture of Edwin Lundie
Paperback      ISBN: 0873513142

"This book fills one of the many gaps in our knowledge of twentieth-century architects who were not Modernists. Lundie's more or less Traditional work is enhanced by its ferocious exploitation of rough materials, and, in the cabins especially, by what seems to be primordial Scandinavian references quite at home in the north woods of Minnesota" Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University

"Edwin Lundie was the great romantic among Minnesota architects, and this lovely book at last gives his work the recognition it so richly deserves." Larry Millett, author of Lost Twin Cities

"This book reveals Edwin Lundie to be an architect imbued with a passion for his art that few attain, let alone sustain for a lifetime. His buildings, as did those of the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, attained an instant patina. This was the product of a mind that created character and composition by means of an extraordinary attention to the craft and construction of architecture. To realize that I received my architectural education at the University of Minnesota in the late 1950s without an awareness of Mr. Lundie's presence, to say nothing of his mastery of architectural form, leaves me incredulous." William Peterson, Kohn Pederson Fox Associates PC, Architects & Planning Consultants, New York City

Throughout a fifty-year career in St. Paul, architect Edwin H. Lundie (1886-1972) designed more than three hundred projects, predominantly residences, many utilizing either Northern European or Earl American themes. His architectural designs, along with the Prairie School inventions of Purcell and Elmslie and the modernist themes of Ralph Rapson, are collectively considered the best work of Minnesota architects in the twentieth century. What set Lundie apart from his colleagues was his devotion to detail and love of fine craftsmanship.

Long overlooked as architects moved away from picturesque themes in favor of modernism, Lundie's designs are now enjoying a resurgence of attention concurrent with revived interest in postmodernism, regionalism, and a sense of place. For the first time, the significance of this unique body of work is presented in The Architecture of Edwin Lundie for architects, art historians, designers, builders, craftspeople, students, and the general public.

Author Dale Mulfinger undertook this book after a decade of studying and recording Lundie's buildings and lecturing at local, regional, and national forums. Here he brings together a foreword by David Gebhard that sets Lundie in a national context; a biographical essay by Eileen Michels; his own piece assessing Lundie's design principles; outstanding color photographs by Peter Kerze; and beautiful rendering in pencil and ink by Lundie himself. In addition, the book offers thirty profiles of individual buildings with photos, floor plans, and drawings to highlight feature demonstrating Lundie's genius.



"Sm4to, 121pgs. Full bound white paper wraps with black titling on front cover and spine. Book is solid and interior is clean and bright, replete with color images and floor plans of Edwin Lundie's houses. Corner tips have a touch wear else in excellent condition.

Cass Gilbert, Life and Work: Architect of the Public Domain
Cass Gilbert, Life and Work
Architect of the Public Domain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393730654

This volume examines Gilbert's work in five unique categories: the building of a national practice, an evaluation of his Minnesota State Capitol as "a defining moment" in American civic architecture, his New York career, his response to civic ideals in his plans for towns and universities, and his work in the public domain.

William L. Price: Arts and Crafts to Modern Design
William L. Price
Arts and Crafts to Modern Design
Hardcover      ISBN: 1568982208

Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery.

Architect George Howe thought there were three pioneers of American architecture: Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and William L. Price. Although history has borne out Howe's observation on Sullivan and Wright, Will Price still awaits discovery.

Price, a disciple of Frank Furness who practiced in Philadelphia from 1833 to 1916, established the architectural character of the two of the nation's greatest resorts, Atlantic City and Miami, thus shaping the architecture of the Roaring Twenties. Although his biggest and best-known projects, the Art Deco Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City and the Chicago Freight Terminal, are both destroyed, his arts and crafts utopian community in Arden, Delaware survive to attest to the vigor of his ideas and the leadership he exerted.

Price left a legacy of exquisite houses, railway stations, and commercial structures stretching from Atlantic City to Chicago and from Canada to Florida taht were widely emulated and reacall the best works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene & Greene. In addition, Price was accomplished writer and furniture designer whose work was regularly featured in Gustav Stickley's "The Craftsman."

Price's role in shaping American architecture in uncovered in this lavishingly illustrated volume, which documents the architects complete works--including over 350 hotels, houses, and pieces of furniture--bringing to light this unknown American master.

Agrest and Gandelsonas: Works
Agrest and Gandelsonas
Works
Paperback      ISBN: 1878271903

Includes over forty substantially documented projects.