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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 03, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Eric last modified Jul 02, 2014

I Just finished the new book published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America (WBGSoA) titled Rock Crest/Rock Glen Mason City, Iowa: The American Masterwork of Marion M. and Walter B. Griffin with essays by Paul Kruty, Robert E. McCoy, Paul Sprague, and James Weirick. More after the jump... This softcover book is over 160 pages long and features several rare black & white and color images of the unique collection of Prairie School...




 

 

PhotoI Just finished the new book published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America (WBGSoA) titled Rock Crest/Rock Glen Mason City, Iowa: The American Masterwork of Marion M. and Walter B. Griffin with essays by Paul Kruty, Robert E. McCoy, Paul Sprague, and James Weirick. More after the jump...

This softcover book is over 160 pages long and features several rare black & white and color images of the unique collection of Prairie School homes that comprise the Rock Crest/Rock Glen enclave. Four chapters and an introduction make up the body of the book and contain an in-depth analysis and appreciation of this architectural treasure. The chapter titles and their authors are:

• "The Development and Developers of Rock Crest/Rock Glen" by Robert E. McCoy

• "Melding Architecture to Landscape in North-Central Iowa" by Paul Kruty

• "Griffin's Architecture in Mason City" by Paul E. Sprague

• "The New and the Primal Past: From Mason City, Iowa to Middle Harbour, Sydney" by James Weirick

Each Chapter delves into the background and details of how the city, the sites, the clients, and the architects all came together to birth one of the most remarkable architectural communities in the country (if not in the world). I especially enjoyed Robert E. McCoy's essay on the history of Mason City and the distinguished and progressive residents who ultimately hired Frank Lloyd Wright, Barry Byrne, WIlliam Drummond, and (most importantly) the Griffins, to build the many architectural treasures that grace the city.

In short, no architectural library is complete without a copy of this important monograph. The book was recently released during the 2014 annual conference of the WBGSoA in Mason City, IA and is so new, that it has not yet appeared on the WBGSoA's website. However, I would highly recommend anyone interested in Prairie School Architecture and the work of the Griffin's specifically pick up a copy of this fantastic book when they can. I would suggest that readers contact the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America through their website and inquire about how to order their copy of this wonderful book.

Image via PrairieMod


 

 

 
 
 

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