Reading Time: 6 minutes This photo was taken in 1930. The photograph was looking south (with the Taliesin structure behind the photographer and to the left). I picked this photo because it shows the beauty of the valley in which Taliesin stands. I’m going to write about The Valley and Native Americans today because native people’s do have a […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Looking west in the Drafting Studio that Wright used at Taliesin until World War II (after that he used it as an office). His desk is on the right-hand side. If you look at the ascending stairs, you see two lines: one that is horizontal, and another that’s vertical. These are remnants from a change […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes A photograph I took in 2007 while the Preservation Crew removed the boiler from Taliesin’s living quarters. Taliesin’s living room is one floor up and to the right. Didn’t I write in here about the time there was blue smoke inside Taliesin’s Living Quarters one fall day in 1995? [searches this blog for the words […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes A photograph of me taken by the Executive Director at Taliesin Preservation in 1998. I was giving a lecture on Taliesin’s history. I talked about “Hey Keiran” in my blog post on “How I became the historian for Taliesin.” Back then, the only way people got their weekly schedules was to pick up the printed […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Albert Rockwell took this photograph on August 15, 1914. It shows Taliesin’s burned living quarters. WARNING: My post includes descriptions of the extreme violence that took place during Taliesin’s 1914 fire. Additionally, contemporary news reports often refer to murderer Julian Carlton as “the negro”. I’ve removed that term for Carlton when the sentences are still […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Screen-grab of actress Bonnie Hunt in the 1993 movie, Dave. The scene shows Hunt as a White House tour guide with a group going through the “People’s House” [the White House]. I guarantee most of you, tour guide or not, have this going through your head right now: “We’re walking… we’re walking….“ In this post, […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes George Kastner took this photograph on November 28, 1928. It’s looking northeast at the far western end of Taliesin. “I don’t know why you say it was a pigsty,” Minerva said to me (Minerva became a member of the Taliesin Fellowship in the 1950s). “It always had goats.” She was referring to a section at […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Photograph taken in the American Players Theatre on June 11, 2022, before the start of the show, The Rivals. Members of APT belong to the Actors Equity Association, so photographs are prohibited during performances. I’m not writing this week about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Taliesin estate, or other non-Wright things I’ve delved into. I’m going […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes I took this on Taliesin’s Hill Crown in September 2008. What’s a clerestory? Clerestory— “1. An upper zone of wall pierced with windows that admit light to the center of a lofty room. 2. A window so placed.” My definition comes from Dictionary of Architecture and Construction, 4th edition (McGraw-Hill, New York, 2006)— Yes, I […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Looking (plan) southeast from the Taliesin Hill Crown toward the Plunge Pool terrace, with Wright’s newly-expanded bedroom on the left. Most of the landscape you see in the distance is the Taliesin estate. I think something that Wright did at Taliesin West (in Arizona) inspired him in a change he made at Taliesin (in Wisconsin). […]
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Whenever I have a question regarding anything Taliesin-related Keiran Murphy is the first person I turn to."
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."
… 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."