Reading Time: 5 minutes Looking (plan) north at Taliesin in the background in The Valley of Wright’s family. I took this photograph in April 2015. “Frank Lloyd Wright loved nature” is something a lot of us know (if you didn’t know that until now, just look like you’re thinking deeply about it and the Frankophiles won’t notice). However, he […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Looking south in the Hillside Drafting Studio, with its flooring. The black and white photograph on the right shows the V.C. Morris Gift Shop, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in San Francisco (now it is a men’s clothing store). In this post, I am diving into the flooring at the Hillside Drafting Studio on Wright’s […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes I took the photograph above on May 14, 2004. Looking (plan) north at the door to the alcove of Taliesin’s Drafting Studio. Recently, I came across what I wrote to myself during Taliesin’s Save America’s Treasures project in 2003-04. It reminded me of one of the “finds” during that project. That’s what I’m going to […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes Frank Lloyd Wright (left) with his wife, Olgivanna, and friend, writer Alexander Woollcott outside the architect’s home, Taliesin, 1935-43. Woollcott holds a baby goat. The west wall of a bedroom is in the background. This became Wright’s bedroom in 1936. My years of working at Taliesin Preservation gave me time to uncover the history of […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes The image above is a screenshot from the home page of “The Wayback Machine“, which is explained below. Here’s part of the explanation of The Wayback machine in Wikipedia: The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web. It was founded by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library based in San Francisco, […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes 1930 photo looking south in Taliesin’s Loggia. Notice the vertical water stain on the horizontal band of plaster in the background. Many photos taken inside Taliesin during Wright’s lifetime show water stains. That’s why I’m showing this photograph by Raymond Trowbridge again: it shows Taliesin’s Loggia with a vertical water stain in the background. Personally, […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes The photograph above shows the dining room areas, first built before 1920, then used by the Wrights and the Taliesin Fellowship. The area dining rooms were on the left, with the kitchen located behind the tower on the right. I have had the goal of figuring out the history of Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin, […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes This photograph is looking from the Unity Chapel cemetery, which is the private cemetery of the Lloyd Jones family. Frank Lloyd Wright received permission to bury Mamah Borthwick here. Wright’s home, Taliesin, can be seen against the hill. I wrote that in an email to Taliesin Preservation‘s Programs Director, as well as its Bookstore Manager. […]
Reading Time: 4 minutes A 1911 Taliesin floor plan showing Wright’s living room, kitchen, and his bedroom. The kitchen has a sink and his bedroom had a bathroom with a toilet, sink, and bathtub. This Taliesin I floor plan, 1104.003, is at the Avery Library in New York City and can be seen online at ARTSTOR. People want to […]
Reading Time: 5 minutes A stone wall on the north side of Taliesin’s entry foyer. Based on the red wash across most of the stones, the bottom of the wall survived Taliesin’s 1925 fire. Sometimes, while working at Taliesin (as I wrote once before), my answer to the question, “What did you do at work today?” was, “I looked […]
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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."