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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 18, 2013 01:08 AM
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by Eric last modified Dec 17, 2013

Author Ron McCrea wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that the e-book version of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss is out, with a new section of previously unpublished material that surfaced after the print edition was published. It includes photographs and letters written by a young draftsman during Taliesin's first winter, describing the new estate and life there in vivid detail. More info after the jump... The materials were discovered...




 

 

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 9.39.39 PMAuthor Ron McCrea wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that the e-book version of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss is out, with a new section of previously unpublished material that surfaced after the print edition was published. It includes photographs and letters written by a young draftsman during Taliesin's first winter, describing the new estate and life there in vivid detail. More info after the jump...



The materials were discovered in Illinois by an Australian scholar, Christopher Vernon, and generously given to Ron for use in the e-book. He published excerpts in an Australian journal, but Building Taliesin contains the full texts of the two letters written by George Elgh to his fiancee early in 1912, with introductions and interpretative notes by Ron McCrea. It also contains six photos of Taliesin taken in 1911-1912 by head draftsman Taylor Woolley that that have never been published and are not found in any archive. They are in an album owned by the draftsman's granddaughters, and appear in the book for the first time.

Vernon's interest is in the Griffins, and he found the Taliesin letters in the course of finding out more about Elgh, who worked with them in Australia on the design of the new capital city of Canberra from 1914-1917.

Ron was kind enough to send us the 1914 wedding photo of the correspondents, George and Nellie. They left for Melbourne two days after they were married. Also sent is a picture of the Elghs with Walter Burley Griffin and some others in Australia.

Elgh Wedding

Nellie Anderson Elgh and George Emanuel Elgh stand for their wedding photo on June 27, 1914. He was 23, she 20. Two days after the wedding they left for Australia.

Elghs, Griffin in Melbourne

A photograph taken in Melbourne shows, from left: George Elgh; infant daughter Miriam; an unidentified girl; Nellie Elgh; Roy Lippincott; infant Alstan Lippincott; Genevieve Lippincott (Walter Burley Griffin’s sister); and architect Walter Burley Griffin.

Ron also lets us know that Christopher Vernon is coming to Chicago and Oak Park in three weeks and will deliver two lectures.

• At the Charnley-Persky House in Chicago on January 8, 2014

• At Unity Temple on January 9, 2014

Thanks for all of the great info, Ron. If you have not gotten your copy of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss then add it to your Christmas list!

Book cover via Wisconsin Historic Society Press/Both Elgh Family photos via Christopher Vernon


 

 

 
 
 

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