Archives On The Air 33: The Father Of American Architecture—Frederick Albert Gutheim Papers

Aug 1, 2018

An article from The Washington Post published April 9, 1985 about the effort to fulfill the wishes of Frank Lloyd Wright’s widow, Olgivanna Wright, that his body be exhumed, cremated, and moved to the Taliesin West cemetery in Arizona. The move was made despite objections from other Wright family members. Box 105, Frederick Albert Gutheim papers.
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Frank Lloyd Wright was a powerhouse of American architecture. He designed over 500 buildings across the country. Wright’s works include the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the residential house Fallingwater in Pennsylvania.

Wright also graced Cody, Wyoming with one of his designs in the early 1950s: the Quintin Blair House.

The house is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flyer from the Smithsonian Institution for a series of adult courses taught by architects and scholars focused on Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and ongoing significance, undated. Box 105, Frederick Albert Gutheim papers.
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Wright’s designs always factored in how the building interacted with the surrounding landscape. This is clear in the Quintin Blair House’s angled roof that echoes the distant cliffs and earthen color scheme that matches the Wyoming hills.

Because of his prolific career, Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most studied designers in the U.S. Urban planner Frederick Albert Gutheim dedicated years of research and lectures to Wright.

Gutheim’s papers explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s works all over the country. Maybe your favorite Wright design is covered?

Come discover the history of America’s built environment in the Frederick Albert Gutheim papers at UW’s American Heritage Center.