See Visionary, Previously Unseen Drawings From Frank Lloyd Wright's Archives

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, NY
(Courtesy of Rizzoli New York)

The long-gone but never forgotten architect Frank LloydWright continues to leave traces of himself to thrill his diehard fans.After the recent restoration of his long-neglected Park Inn hotel in Mason City,Iowa, Wright followers have a book to look forward to: "FrankLloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings."

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Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, a former Wright apprentice and thedirector of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, tapped into the organization'sarchives, a vault of more than 300,000 correspondence documents and 22,000 drawings, to putthis book together. As a gift to Wright's fans, he's published dozens ofimages of sketches and designs, offering a privileged glimpse into the legend's visionary intellect through his expressions on paper. Familiar and much-loved dwellings, places of worship,hotels, and more — including Fallingwater, the Coonley House, and the ImperialHotel — grace its pages. Among the book's most notable contents are previously unpublished and unfamiliar works, finished with the iconic red square that served as his signature.

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In addition to his floorplans, renderings,and wayside doodles in the margins of other books, the pages disclose adetailed history of his life: his birth; his praise for Solomon R.Guggenheim, indicating a deep admiration; his unrealized dreams of buildingthe the mile-high Illinois skyscraper; and his inspiration for the rug he designed tomatch the house he built for his son, among myriad other details.

Rizzoli releases "Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches"this October.

To see illustrations from the book, click on the slide show at the left.