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General Information

Name:  Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction Other

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Illinois Connection

No direct Illinois association was determined, but the author wrote extensively about famous former resident Frank Lloyd Wright.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer was 19 years old when he arrived at Taliesin West from Massachusetts in 1949 to study under famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.When Wright died 10 years later, Pfeiffer began archiving Wright's considerable collection of drawings, photographs and correspondence for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which is housed at Taliesin West in north Scottsdale.


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Titles At Your Library

Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas
ISBN: 0809314223

Southern Illinois University Press. 1988

“One hundred years from now, people will look at his ideas, his principles, his forms, and see—with wonder and amazement—that those ideas are still fresh, vibrant, applicable, and intensely prophetic.”—Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (1969).

Nearly twenty years later, this exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles and forms validates Mrs. Wright’s prophecy highlighting his ideas—the foundation of his achievement.

Part 1 of the book, prepared by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, contains four sections defined by Wright’s own words: “The Destruction of the Box: The Freedom of Space”

“The Nature of the Site”

“Materials and Methods”

and “The Architecture of Democracy.” The 150 illustrations in this part (86 in full color), are dazzling visions of what was but is no more, what was planned but never built, as well as those architectural treasures that continue to enrich and challenge our society. The illustrations are accompanied by quotations from Frank Lloyd Wright that demonstrate how his ideas found expression in his designs.

Part 2 contains 5 essays that serve to increase our awareness and appreciation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution: Jack Quinan, “Frank Lloyd Wright in 1893: The Chicago Context”

Aaron Green, “Organic Architecture:

The Principles of Frank Lloyd Wright”

E. T. Casey, “Structure in Organic Architecture”

Narciso Menocal, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Democracy: An American Jeremiad”

and Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, “The Second Career: 1924–1959.” An appendix provides full descriptions of the works in part 1, including notes on media, methods, and measurements.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Crowning Decade, 1949-1959
ISBN: 0809315408

Southern Illinois University Press. 1991

In the last ten years of his life, Frank Lloyd Wright became a respected public figure honored throughout the world. The shift from maverick to honoree changed his architecture, which became simpler and more sensuous.

This decade also saw an incredible increase in production from Wright. Between the ages of 82 and 92, he designed the Price Tower, the Beth Shalom Synagogue, the Dallas Theater Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and at the time of his death, there were 86 projects in various stages of completion in the drafting room.

The Crowning Decade views Wright’s final years from five perspectives: as Wright saw himself

as the outside world saw him

as he appears in the private memoirs of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright

as his daughter, Iovanna Wright, saw him

and in a composite portrait by his Taliesin Fellows.

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Guggenheim Correspondence
ISBN: 0809313170

Southern Illinois University Press. 1986

A narrative in correspondence from the “Guggenheim Letters,” a remarkable archive that, in its entirety, would make a stack equal in height to the model of the Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright made in 1946. Here is a very personal and detailed account of the creative struggle required to build the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum.

It is a seventeen-year saga which saw the firing of the first curator, the death of the donor, and the creation of six complete sets of plans and 749 drawings. Ironically, Wright died six months before its completion.

From its opening in October 1959, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has been recognized as Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievement. Pfeiffer de­monstrates that the story of its construction is arresting drama as well. The Guggenheim, while periodically modified and adapted to meet its changing needs, continues to give expression to Wright’s artistic vision and is a testament to the spir­it of both Wright and Guggenheim.


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