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September 10, 2007

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t a Wright House?

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Attention fans of Frank: New York Magazine has an 8-page spread of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last building design, a house built by a Frank freak of the highest order:

In 1950, at 83, Frank Lloyd Wright
designed a house for a private island on Lake Mahopac, about 50 miles
north of New York City. He dreamed it might surpass Fallingwater, his
1935 masterpiece—but then the client ran short of funds, and the house
was shelved for almost 50 years. Now, after eight years of planning and
construction, the house is finally complete—5,000 spectacular square
feet of mahogany, lake stone, hand-troweled cement, and triangular
skylights.

But
no house, least of all a posthumous construction from the twentieth
century’s most famous architect, is an island, and this one has become
a particularly hot piece of intellectual real estate. There are those
who celebrate its realization: It’s used in the packaging of the
Apple-based architecture software that helped bring the design to life
and is the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary. And there are its
haters: architects, scholars, and amateurs who say it’s not Wright’s
real vision—the stones jut too much, the skylights should be flat, not
domed, and so on. As it stands, the house is officially unofficial. The
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s chief executive officer, Philip
Allsopp, states bluntly, “It’s not a Frank Lloyd Wright house, because
it hasn’t been certified by the foundation.”

Art aficionados and architects far and wide will debate the authenticity of this latest (and greatest?) work. Check out the photos of Petra Island for yourself, then tell us what you think.



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Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.