Copyright, Jim LaneTaliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, grew from the brow of Wright's favorite boyhood knoll.
|Freezing, thawing, tree roots, aging |
limestone, and simply poor
construction demand a constant
emphasis on preservation.
Copyright, Jim Lane
The current entrance to the Taliesin living quarters, the last of several over the years
(Wright kept moving them).
|The entrance to the fellowship|
|The Taliesin Fellowship popular |
image--the master promulgates.
|The Taliesin Fellowship, much |
closer to reality during the 1930s.
Under Wright's nearly constant habitation, Taliesin took on the qualities of a living being, a laboratory for architectural experimentation, and, as money permitted and circumstances demanded, the center of the commune-like architectural school Wright and his third wife, Olga, developed, as a vital means of survival during the lean days of the early 1930s. Apprentices sought out Wright and Taliesin solely on the basis of the man's reputation which, even so, was at something of a low ebb at that point. Times were tough. Would-be architects often found themselves hoeing corn, cooking, cleaning, and repairing roofs with barely a glimpse, much less instruction from their architect idol.
|Wright's office and the Taliesin "work room" during the 1930s. |
Here is where Fallingwater first took shape on paper.
|Despite the popular image of clean, lines and simple textures often associated |
with Wright's interiors, as the living room at Taliesin demonstrates,
his personal space was far from simple or uncluttered
|The Taliesin Fellowship studio today, having taken over the remodeled |
turn-of-the-century boarding school Wright designed for two of his aunts around 1901.