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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William And Mary Heath

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by Eric last modified Jun 19, 2015

The new book by Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath focuses on the story of one of Wright’s most influential clients who enjoyed a relationship of over thirty years with the architect and uses a multitude of previously unpublished family images to tell the story. More after the jump... The book traces the Heath's early life in Illinois as well as the prominent family connections that brought them...




 

 

Heath Softcover final The new book by Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath focuses on the story of one of Wright’s most influential clients who enjoyed a relationship of over thirty years with the architect and uses a multitude of previously unpublished family images to tell the story. More after the jump...

The book traces the Heath's early life in Illinois as well as the prominent family connections that brought them to Buffalo. It continues with detailed examinations of the Wright projects the Heaths commissioned including their home on Soldiers Place, which was the first Wright structure in Buffalo and the Tydol Filling Station which is now exhibited in the Buffalo Transportation Museum. An appendix illustrates in color all of the Thirty-Seven brick prairie house designs Wright created in context with the Heath house. Important chapters note major connections to East Aurora, Elbert Hubbard, John Larkin, Buffalo’s Hydraulics section, and the 1940 Albright Gallery show by Henry Russell Hitchcock. Several commissions such as the Heath chauffeur’s quarters and garage have been researched with revealing twists that provide insight into the actual design process which had been previously reported incorrectly.
 
The book draws on a wealth of family supplied information as well as correspondence with Wright and Darwin Martin. It is 208 pages and contains 316 illustrations of which 178 are in color. Currently Graycliff, The Darwin Martin House, and The Buffalo History Museum are selling the book in their gift shops. Follow the links to contact any of the sites to get your copy today!

Image courtesy Patrick Mahoney


 

 

 
 
 

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