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A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
Where:  New York, NY - 1071 Fifth Avenue (map it)
When:   Friday, July 27, 2012 - Wednesday, February 13, 2013

July 27, 2012–February 13, 2013

On October 22, 1953, Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built. Two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings were constructed specifically to house the exhibition: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns; and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom, model Usonian house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings.

This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to these two structures. Aware of his lack of architectural recognition in New York City prior to the 1953 exhibition, Wright declared: “this house and the pavilion alongside it . . . represent a long-awaited tribute: the first Wright building[s] erected in New York City.”

Michael Maguire
Lakeland, Florida
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Alan G. Gass, FAIA
Denver, CO
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I well remember this exhibition. My class from the Harvard Graduate School of Design was taken on a trip to New York City to see the current state of design in that city. One of our stops was to see the exhibit, Sixty Years of Living Architecture." on the site that is now occupied by the Guggenheim Museum. This was a significant departure from our Bauhaus-derived curriculum. It was the first time I had actually experienced a building by Wright. I was so impressed that I sent for an application to the Taliesin Fellowship. I elected to stay at Harvard, but I must say that my attitude towards design was affected by what I experienced at that site.

I still have slides and the original catalog from the exhibit in my library.

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