Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss

Building Taliesin Frank Lloyd Wright s Home of Love and Loss Through letters memoirs contemporary documents and a stunning assemblage of photographs many of which have never before been published author Ron McCrea tells the fascinating story of the building

  • Title: Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home of Love and Loss
  • Author: Ron McCrea
  • ISBN: 9780870206061
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Through letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a stunning assemblage of photographs many of which have never before been published author Ron McCrea tells the fascinating story of the building of Frank Lloyd Wright s Taliesin, which would be the architect s principal residence for the rest of his life Photos taken by Wright s associates show rare views of TalieThrough letters, memoirs, contemporary documents, and a stunning assemblage of photographs many of which have never before been published author Ron McCrea tells the fascinating story of the building of Frank Lloyd Wright s Taliesin, which would be the architect s principal residence for the rest of his life Photos taken by Wright s associates show rare views of Taliesin under construction and illustrate Wright s own recollections of the first summer there and the craftsmen who worked on the site The book also brings to life Wright s kindred spirit, she for whom Taliesin had first taken form, Mamah Borthwick Wright and Borthwick had each abandoned their families to be together, causing a scandal that reverberated far beyond Wright s beloved Wisconsin valley The shocking murder and fire that took place at Taliesin in August 1914 brought this first phase of life at Taliesin to a tragic end.

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    1. Worthy addition to the plethora of books on Frank Lloyd Wright, focusing on his years with Mamah Borthwick. Meticulously researched and illustrated with many photographs never widely seen before. I appreciated the author's attention to evidence and his reluctance to draw conclusions not justified by written or pictorial records. Very interesting and readable.

    2. This is a much appreciated reference tool for my analysis of the progression of Wright’s character, also serving well as a sort of biography for what we could consider Taliesin. The information presented here is what I believe to be the most comprehensive knowledge currently available of Mamah Borthwick and the metamorphosis that resulted from her time living with Wright. Their inhabitancy at Taliesin affected Wright’s moral set and architectural philosophy, and also allowed him the freedom [...]

    3. Most readers have visited famous houses. Some are famous because of their magnificence: Breakers, Biltmore or Hearst Castle come to mind. Others are famous because of their associations: Mount Vernon, Monticello or Lincoln’s home. What do you do with a home that is an example of stunning design, an incubator of genius and associated with both love and tragedy in the life of one of America’s most renowned architects? If you are author Ron McCrea you would scour the world for the words and pic [...]

    4. I read this to foloow up reading of LOVING FRANK. This is a nonfiction account of Frank Lloyd Wright's building of Taliesin. It filled in some gaps for me from the fictional version. Wright's life and loves certainly were interesting!

    5. After reading "Loving Frank" for my reading group a while back, I found this very interesting. Lots of never before seen photos.

    6. The e-book of this is so badly done that it is difficult to read. It makes reading this book more of a chore than than enjoyable. I gave up on the e-book and got a physical copy instead.

    7. This book delves into the history of Taliesin in Spring Green and offers some stories and insights into Frank Lloyd Wright that I read for the first time.

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