Sunday, March 02, 2008

Did Frank Lloyd Wright invent the Prairie Style?

In Architecture of the Absurd: How "Genius" Disfigured a Practical Art John Silber asks why architect Frank Lloyd Wright became less client friendly in his later years. The answer to this may be that Wright was never particularly focused on the needs of his clients and did not actually develop the architectural works attributed to him. It was his staff doing the good work,

In his talk in Sydney in January, Perry Brown, Director of the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries of the Art Institute of Chicago, suggested that Wright was reluctant to give his staff credit for work done in his office. The prairie style, may well be the work of Walter Burley Griffin, when he worked in Wright's pratice. Other work attributed to Wright may be that of Griffin's wife, Marion Mahony Griffin, who worked on commission neglected by Wright.

1 comment:

pringstrom said...

The writer is obviously not very familiar with the works of Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahony Griffin or Frank Lloyd Wright. Each of these people demonstrated their own unique and readily recognizable styles when they were working independently. It is still common practice to attribute all of the work that comes out of an architectural office to the principal. Wrights employees were allowed to complete works for private clients outside of the office for their own attribution.