Some Solberg Background Information
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Cheryl G. was kind enough to provide some background info on architect Vern Lars Solberg, via his son Tait Solberg. Read what she found out after the jump... As passed along by Cheryl: Vern passed away in 1992 from wounds suffered in WWII. His ambition to be a professional musician was cut short by injuries suffered in WWII after which he used his artistic ability and the G.I. Bill to gain Engineering and Architectural degrees....
Vern passed away in 1992 from wounds suffered in WWII. His ambition to be a professional musician was cut short by injuries suffered in WWII after which he used his artistic ability and the G.I. Bill to gain Engineering and Architectural degrees. His engineering degree was from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. He then attended Oklahoma University and studied with Bruce Goff in the early 50's. He was a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright and may have met him a few times but, he did not study at Taliesin. His style was derived from Wright but his inspiration was from Goff. The Goff connection and other students at OU proved a much more lifelong community to Vern and he was often in touch with Goff after he left OU and many of his student colleagues at OU who were scattered around the country.
He was associated with two architects who coordinated on large projects. One was Ross Graves (whose family were caretakers of the Taliesin estate years ago) who was another OU student of Goff's and likewise heavily influenced by Wright. Ross practiced in Austin, Minnesota and later in Littleton, Colorado and passed away a few years ago. [The other was Phil Fedderson of Davenport, Iowa, who was also a student of Goff's.]*
*NOTE: This correction comes in from architect, author and historian Randy Henning: Phil Feddersen was never a student of Bruce Goff (although he certainly met him, corresponded with him and organized an exhibition of Goff’s work in Clinton, IA in 1966). And Phil Feddersen has lived and practiced architecture in Clinton, IA, not Davenport, IA, since 1959. Previously he worked for Alden B. Dow 1956-59.
This is wonderful background infomation on a little known Organic Architect. If more info and extant buildings by Solberg surface, we'll be sure to share!
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