Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West: T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA

Monday 16 November, 2015
6:30pm, $0

MoMA, Cullman Education and Research Building
4 West 54 Street, Bartos Theater 3

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation recently released the Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, established in 1937 which was established in 1937 as Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio, and the campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. As part of the Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer lecture series, T. Gunny Harboe, preservation architect and founder of Chicago-based Harboe Architects, and the plan's primary author, joins us to present the major points of the Taliesin West plan. Harboe has overseen preservation of some of Wright's most significant sites, including the Robie House and Unity Temple. His lecture will be introduced by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

The Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer lecture series honors the work of Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, a widely recognized expert on Wright and author of numerous books on Wright's life and works. Pfeiffer studied architecture at the Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts, and was apprentice to Wright from 1949 to 1959, and to Olgivanna Lloyd Wright from 1959 to 1987. Upon Wright's death, in 1959, Mrs. Wright gathered the archive of his work at Taliesin West, thereby preserving the visual and textual legacy of one of history's great architectural geniuses. It was an unprecedented action, since architectural archives of such size and scope for a single architect did not exist at that time. Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, as director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, curated and organized the archives from 1959 to 2012.


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