A Correction And Some More Solberg Info
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After posting the background info on architect Vern Lars Solberg yesterday, it came to our attention that there was some incorrect info posted. Learn more after the jump... Architect, author, and historian Randolph C. Henning sent the following correction: "Phil Feddersen was never a student of Bruce Goff (although he certainly met him, corresponded with him and organized an exhibition of Goff’s work in Clinton, IA in 1966). And Phil Feddersen has lived and practiced...
"Phil Feddersen was never a student of Bruce Goff (although he certainly met him, corresponded with him and organized an exhibition of Goff’s work in Clinton, IA in 1966). And Phil Feddersen has lived and practiced architecture in Clinton, IA, not Davenport, IA, since 1959. Previously he worked for Alden B. Dow 1956-59."
Randy also sends the following info on Solberg he's collected over the years:
"Vern Solberg never studied with Frank Lloyd Wright (i.e. he was never an apprentice) but, like many that we know, studied FLlW and became greatly influenced by FLlW’s architecture. Solberg attended Bradley University in Peoria and later attended classes at the University of Oklahoma when Bruce Goff was there, but never graduated with a degree. He practiced in Sycamore, IL but when he passed away was living in Colorado. Per ancestry.com (if I have the right Vern Lars Solberg) he was born April 22, 1924 and died October 30, 1992. Interesting story regarding Solberg’s McConaughy opus is that Solberg was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII and having never fully recovered from his wounds went often to McConaughy for adjustments. Thus the connection and, ultimately, the home. Oh, by the way, my grandmother, who lived in nearby Dixon, IL, also went to McConaughy. Years ago, knowing my fascination with everything Wright, told me about the home and Solberg. Unfortunately I was never able to go see it nor meet Solberg. Looking at the recent pictures, it really is a good one. I shoulda woulda coulda..."
Thanks for providing the correction and additional Solberg information, Randy--I went ahead and added a corrective note to the original post. If anyone else has anything else Solberg-related to share with us, please send it along.
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