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A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion

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Frank Lloyd Wright and David Henken reviewing architectural drawings for the pavilion, 1953 © Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Film still from Wright Pavilion Construction , 1953 © Solomon R.Guggenheim Archives, New York
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Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition Building(demolished), New York. Perspective (presentation drawing) , 1953 Graphite and Ink on Tracing Paper 91 X 196 Cm. © 1988 FrankLloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizon
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion

1071Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10128-0173
July 27th, 2012 - September 25th, 2013
Opening: January 22nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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On October 22, 1953, Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built. Two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings were constructed specifically to house the exhibition: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns; and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom, model Usonian house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings.

This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to these two structures. Aware of his lack of architectural recognition in New York City prior to the 1953 exhibition, Wright declared: “this house and the pavilion alongside it . . . represent a long-awaited tribute: the first Wright building[s] erected in New York City.”