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In Memoriam: Lu Sparks Howe

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 31, 2013 01:04 AM
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by Eric last modified Jul 30, 2013

Rob Barros sent word of the sad news that Taliesin Fellow, Lu Sparks Howe passed away Monday July, 2013 at the age of 90. Rob was kind enough to put together some thoughts about Lu to remember this remarkable lady. More after the jump... Robb writes: "Lu joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in the early 1950s, upon marrying John “Jack” Howe, Mr. Wright’s chief-draftsman. Lu was a teacher at a girls school in Scottsdale,...




 

 

Lu John HoweRob Barros sent word of the sad news that Taliesin Fellow, Lu Sparks Howe passed away Monday July, 2013 at the age of 90. Rob was kind enough to put together some thoughts about Lu to remember this remarkable lady. More after the jump...

John Lu Howe Easter 1962 Taliesin West

Robb writes:

"Lu joined Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship in the early 1950s, upon marrying John “Jack” Howe, Mr. Wright’s chief-draftsman. 

Lu was a teacher at a girls school in Scottsdale, and met John while chaperoning a school dance that Taliesin Fellows were invited to in 1947. Lu and John continued dating though she had taken a similar job in Colorado. Eventually, John and Lu married in November 1951 at Community Christian Church, designed by Mr. Wright in Kansas City, Missouri (Lu’s home state).

Upon their marriage, Lu became a Taliesin Fellow and served as an assistant to Gene Masselink, and stenographer transcribing numerous Sunday lectures and manuscripts of Mr. Wright’s.

In 1964, John and Lu left Taliesin, as an intermediary step, they both worked for Aaron Green, Lu as a secretary and John notably finishing details on Marin County Civic Center’s Hall of Justice. From there, in 1967, John’s architecture clients led them to Minneapolis where he maintained a practice until 1993.

Lu was always a very elegant person, full of western-style hospitality. She had influence in John’s office succeeding, and developing deep-rooted friendships with many clients over the years. Lu also had a strong influence in creating the human-scale, intimate, conversation spaces often found in John’s residential designs. Recently, Lu was very dedicated in seeing John's work remembered, granting permission for a pending monograph and providing editorial review on the forthcoming John Howe documentary. Lu will be missed!"

Images courtesy of Lu Howe, given to Rob Barros for use in his forthcoming film documentary on John Howe


 

 

 
 
 

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