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Frank Lloyd Wright Signed Magazine Display – COA JSAGo Back
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Frank Lloyd Wright has a history of being involved with his surroundings and this includes the state of Arizona. He even influenced design aspects of the modern highway. The aesthetics of the South Mountain Freeway include designs celebrating some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early experiments in desert architecture, as the modern architect had a camp, called “Ocotillo,” in the late 1920s in the area now known as Ahwatukee. In 2018, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) partnered with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to design aesthetics for bridges, sound walls and other freeway elements that honor Wright’s early works in Arizona.
Frank Lloyd Wright has surely influenced a great deal of structural design in the world, but the only existing hotel in the world that can make that claim is the Arizona Biltmore. Designed by Albert Chase McArthur, a Harvard graduate who had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago from 1907 – 1909, the hotel was was crowned “The Jewel of the Desert”. It has been an Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929.
This forward concept of his influence made headway in the November 1944 issue of Arizona Highways in which they showcased the Arizona Biltmore (hotel/resort) influenced by the architect. Wright in appreciation signed and dated the scarce magazine featuring the resort in black ink “8”. He added the date “1944” on the cover. Overall, in terms of rareness it is an regional magazine and less than a handful of signed issues exist. Issues were given to Alberta Chase McArthur (General Contractor/Builder), Joseph Miller (Photographer) and Bert Campbell (Editor). The magazine remains intact (although there is a photo cut out in the interior) with heavy handling wear/aging/storage wear. Nice.
The scarce magazine was placed inside a frame (25″ x 37.5″) centrally with two photos including a sprite from the Midway Gardens at the Biltmore and stained glass. No other architect or designer of the modern era transformed the use of leaded glass in architecture as Frank Lloyd Wright. Creating ribbons of uninterrupted glass casement windows and doors in his Prairie style buildings, Wright conceived his windows as an integral part of his organic design. Known for their extensive use of clear glass with touches of color, the glass designs are all geometric abstractions unique to each building for which they were created. Wright called them “light screens.”
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