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A Frank Lloyd Wright Companion Hardcover – 1 Nov 1993

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  • Hardcover: 508 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (1 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226776247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226776248
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 27.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,653,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"William Allin Storrer has produced the first true and complete catalogue raisonne of Wright's work, and it is stunning.... Mr. Storrer has given us more than a story; he has written an epic. This book, more than any other, makes the remarkable length and breadth of Wright's career clear." - Paul Goldberger, New York Times Book Review "Storrer... knows more about Frank Lloyd Wright than anyone else, and he's produced the ultimate encyclopedia, with 965 photographs of 470 buildings and an insightful, fact-filled text." - Robert Campbell, Boston Globe" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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William Allin Storrer has written and lectured on Frank Lloyd Wright for thirty-five years. He is the author of The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, now in its third edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is indispensable for anyone serious about Wright or american or modern architecture. It contains detailed plans of every known work, and insightful commentary. If one could purchase only one book about Wright, to understand both the scope and detail of his whole work, this would be it.
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HASH(0x8ceb5d80) out of 5 stars This is the right one for you. 2 Dec. 2001
By Robin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an expensive book but you need only buy it once and you will have readable plans and details of more than 470 Wright buildings. I love his work and have several books about the great man but I find that plans in other books are sometimes unreadable because of the reduction to fit on the page. William Storrer has redrawn them all and taken nearly all the black and white photos. These are to Wright's specification: exterior shots to be in a natural context and include foliage, interiors should be taken with natural light and from a seated position and as Storrer says, this last condition excludes most contemporary color photography of his work. Also included is a ZIP code index of the buildings if you want to visit and see the outside, lucky Illinois and Wisconsin have the most.

Brillliant though this book is I really wanted to see Wright's work in color and I can recommend 'The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright' by Thomas A Heinz, an inexpensive 448 page book with a color photo of every building.

Both authors are experts on Wright and if you have these two books (and a table to support their weight) you will hardly need to buy any other books on America's greatest architect, then again I liked Doreen Ehrlich's 'Frank Lloyd Wright Glass' and Carla Lind's 'The Wright Style: the interiors of Frank Lloyd Wright' and......!

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ceb5e94) out of 5 stars Frank Lloyd wright Companion Book by Storer 11 Dec. 2001
By Jim Jette - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book from based on the Star rating. I did not know if it was really valid. It is!
This book about Frank Lloyd Wright's designs give a conceptual overview to the evolution of his style. It is excellent for the novice, non architect (which I am). I have been able to visit three of his homes based on the directory in the back. It has also opened up other venues to help me arrive at a FLW inspired house that I am about to build. It is worth the cost if you are looking for the best single source of his work that I have been able to locate outside of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8cf5eb28) out of 5 stars An Essential Volume for the study of FLW Architecture 12 July 2010
By David H. Williams - Published on
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My wife and I have made a hobby of studying Frank Lloyd Wright's residential architecture. We've visited Wright designed homes throughout the country and hope to build a Wright inspired Usonian-type retirement home. We have collected 20+ books depicting Wright's work to better inform ourselves and a yet to be selected architect and contractor of the proportions and details required to create "the look" we want to achieve. Of all the volumes in our collection, we find this one most useful--so useful that we will soon replace it because we've broken the binding lugging it around with too many pages of personal notes stuffed inside. It contains many things other works do not. Among them are the actual street address of every Wright-designed structure still standing and measured drawings of each construction. The drawings are important because the more commonly published original plans were often changed in the field to accommodate real world construction requirements. The structures are presented in chronological order and effectively demonstrate the refinement of Wright's design philosophy over time. This aspect is enhanced by insightful author's notes that succinctly describe the trend in Wright's evolving pursuit of a uniquely American architecture from era to era a single page that is often more informative than the chapter devoted to the same subject in other works. It isn't a "coffee table" book. Photos are black and white to better depict proportions and details without the distraction of color. For that reason, it is best used in conjunction with a more photographically-oriented volume and pairs well with Frank Lloyd Wright The Houses or, for those most interested in Wright's later works, Frank Lloyd Wright Mid-Century Modern. (Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: Designs for Moderate Cost One-Family Homes also compliments this book for those primarily interested in mid-Century Modern design.) Cross referencing to Storrer's work is, however, key to getting the most out of these other volumes.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d35ee70) out of 5 stars A must have for every FLW fan.. 24 Nov. 2013
By Scott J. Taylor - Published on
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If you love Frank Lloyd Wright's work this is a must have book. Even though the floor plans are a bit small they are a wonderful study and show how his work evolved. If you would love to build a FLW style home this is a necessity to start your plans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ceb9a20) out of 5 stars The revised edition is better organized than the original edition 28 Dec. 2014
By Mortone - Published on
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The revised edition is better organized than the original edition. A great book about wonderful architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. If you want to see the progress of his work from beginning to the end of his life this is the book to get. The only book, books better are a sixteen plus volume collection that cost a hundred hundred dollars a book when I was a poor architecture student and could only starve my self long enough to buy five of them from the first Usionain to the early fifties - full set went for 4k plus big architectural book store on the west coast. There are other books that go into greater depth of a particular style, or building during a particular period, but this shows you all of it, and what to look for. The only things missing are his unbuilt projects. There are a lot pictures and floor plans that fill half pages. 467 pages about 433 projects, with ten to twelve pages more those projects addresses.
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