Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings

The first major presentation in decades of the visionary drawings of the artist-architect and master designer. Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect of vast and unprecedented vision, whose work is not only still admired by the critics and carefully studied by historians but is also widely beloved. Comfortable spaces, humanly scaled, with extraordinary attention to detail-as seen in a range of architectural forms-are at the center of Wright’s enduring appeal. This vision and attention is nowhere more evident than in the drawings. It has been said that had Wright left us only drawings, and not his buildings as well, he would still be celebrated for his brilliant artistry, and this is borne out here. Even more significant, and shown here as never before, are the magical first moments of invention and inspiration-Wright’s earliest sketches, some never before published-which offer unique insight into the mind of the master architect.
Frank Lloyd Wright Designs is the most important and comprehensive book to be published on the drawings, designs, conceptual sketches, elevations, and plans of Wright, with particular emphasis on the development of certain important projects. It includes the best-known and beloved projects-like Fallingwater, The Coonley House, Midway Gardens, the Guggenheim, the Imperial Hotel-as well as a range of intriguing, unfamiliar, and previously unpublished drawings by Wright.

About The Author

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is director of archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and has unprecedented access to its 300,000 correspondence documents and 22,000 drawings. He has been a member of the Taliesin Fellowship for sixty years, was an apprentice who drew and studied architecture under Wright, and is author or editor of more than forty books on Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • Publish Date: October 04, 2011
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Architecture - Individual Architects & Firms - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 11 x 11
  • Pages: 420
  • US Price: $95.00
  • CDN Price: $120.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3570-6


"Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, a former Wright apprentice and the director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, tapped into the organization's archives, a vault of more than 300,000 correspondence documents and 22,000 drawings, to put this book together. As a gift to Wright's fans, he's published dozens of images of sketches and designs, offering a privileged glimpse into the legend's visionary intellect through his expressions on paper." ~ArtInfo

"The fantastic volume celebrates Wright's artistry. Over 420 pages, author Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (a former Wright apprentice and now director of archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) leads an investigation of the most comprehensive selection of Wright's drawings, designs, sketches ever published. Flipping through offers unique insight into the architect's process, and reveals astounding tidbits about his most famed buildings including Fallingwater, the Guggenheim, and the Imperial Hotel." ~Complex Magazine

"Wright’s drawings, sketches and plans for his exquisite homes and buildings are works of art in and of themselves. In addition to dozens of examples of his creations on paper, the book also offers several remarkably fun insights into the man himself." ~Depatures

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