Reading Time: 7 minutes Or, Jennie and Nell Lloyd Jones for those of us who are Wright-fanboys. like I’m one to talk. Whatcha been doin’ for the last 30 years, Keiran? That’s because one of my blog readers you can subscribe at the bottom of the page asked if I could talk about what led to the demise of […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Jennie and Nell Lloyd Jones that is. I have to approach them that way— As the Big Boy’s Aunts —or I wouldn’t get as much interest on this post. They were the first of the Lloyd Joneses born in Wisconsin. Their three brothers and three surviving sisters (including Wright’s mother) had been born in Wales, […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes This part of Taliesin in the photo above is the part that faces the Wisconsin River. A photographer for The Chicago Tribune took this on Christmas day, 1911. The other night I was thinking about changes at Taliesin and remembered something I haven’t written about: the expansion of Taliesin’s “Front Office”. That is, in the […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Me at the age when I discovered the novel, Dune As far as I know, this post won’t be about Frank Lloyd Wright or Taliesin. Since Dune, Part Two (the second part of Dune, the movie) will be released on March 1, I intend today to write about the novel. In particular, my earliest experiences […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes A trickster, possibly. maybe an s.o.b. But not a con man (not even on the order of Harold Hill). However, I know why you think Frank Lloyd Wright was like that. After all— He borrowed lots of money from people and couldn’t give it back. And pulled so much money out of former client Darwin […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Looking (true) west toward the Taliesin estate from the edge of the parking area of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. I’m working on my next post. So, I figured I would throw out easy dates and pieces of information about Wright and Hillside to give you a little amusement. Wright’s height: 5 feet, 8-and-a-half […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Today I’m going to write about the restoration of the Taliesin Drafting Studio from 1998-2000. Why? It’s a tangent. On November 9, 2023 I watched a “Wright Virtual Visit” from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. That afternoon, they broadcast a program about the current preservation work at the Hillside theater on the Taliesin estate. […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes The photograph above shows “Mrs. Wright’s Garden” at Taliesin. Taliesin’s Hill Crown is to the left of the wall. His sister’s house, Tan-y-Deri, is in the distance on the right. All of us have engaged in things where obscure cultural touchstones are a part of the back-and-forth discussion. For instance: You can show a […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes A photograph looking northeast at Hillside. You can see the south wall of his theater with the glass, and a wooden structure over the back steps to the Hillside sound and projection booth, and the Hillside chimney with signs of fire on the chimney stack. In my last post on November 3 I talked about […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes I’m going to write today about two places on the Taliesin estate where you can see fire damage. One place where fire happened, Taliesin, is well known. The other place is Hillside, which you can see in the photograph at the top of this page. See, there are five buildings on the Taliesin estate. 1 […]
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Never in my life have I been given a more sensitive and comprehending tour of anything, anywhere. Listening to her talk about Wright and looking at everything she pointed out, I felt as if my eyes had opened to twice their normal size."
Whenever I have a question regarding anything Taliesin-related Keiran Murphy is the first person I turn to."
… her knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright is close to astonishing. Over many years she has simply absorbed him—and his beloved Taliesin—into her bones.” “I am in awe at her willingness—her delight—in sharing what she knows with others."