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Frank Find: Lake Geneva Hotel Vintage Photo

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:57 AM
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by Eric last modified Aug 08, 2011

I must have been born under a lucky star! I came across a rare photo this weekend of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Lake Geneva Hotel (1911), once located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Learn more about this find after the jump... I was surprised to find this photo taped to a wall at a local antique store, recognizing it instantly as a shot of Wright's lost hotel. I bought it, got it home, scanned it, and...




 

 

Picture 1 I must have been born under a lucky star! I came across a rare photo this weekend of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Lake Geneva Hotel (1911), once located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Learn more about this find after the jump...

I was surprised to find this photo taped to a wall at a local antique store, recognizing it instantly as a shot of Wright's lost hotel. I bought it, got it home, scanned it, and emailed Patrick J. Meehan, architect, author, and authority on this little-known, but important, Wright work. Patrick is currently working on a definitive book all about the Lake Geneva Hotel, so I hoped he would be able to shed some light on this particular image and what the time period would be in which it was taken. He responded:

"That is a wonderful frontal image of what was termed the 'broad steps'. Based upon the dress and 'Hotel Geneva' name, I would date this as early 1930s (it started being called "Hotel Geneva" in 1931)."

So, my find turned out to be a great vintage snapshot of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that can now only be appreciated in photos--it was torn down after being left vacant and suffering fire damage in 1970.

I'm looking forward to learning more about this amazing building and seeing if I can find any more images of it. If anyone else has found vintage photos showing this building's early years, please share!

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