The Ultimate Frank Lloyd Wright Nerdfest

It’s all about the drawing. I am talking about a specific drawing, the one that Frank Lloyd Wright did in 1888 when he was trying to get a job from the man he later came to call his “lieber meister,” or dear master, Louis Sullivan. Based on a house that McKim, Mead & White designed in Massachusetts, it is a pencil sketch of a façade. Wright outlined its roof and the edges of the walls, as well as the detailing around the door and windows, with sure and precise lines, while he indicated the masses with tones whose blurring and weight gives a sense of the design’s volumes. I have rarely seen an architect—let alone one who was 21 at the time—sketch with more assurance and clarity, evoking a design of great polish and beauty with such evocative economy.


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