Frank Lloyd Wright

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I have been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for many years. Not only was Frank Lloyd Wright a genius, but his life was entertaining and scandalous, to say the least. This Ken Burns documentary about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright is completely worth the watch time.

I was very excited to take an informal tour of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, at Florida Southern College, while visiting Lakeland, Florida, back in February. Let’s take a look at the most famous of all of these buildings, the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. I will post about some of the other buildings in a future post.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go inside! I’ve seen some images that are beautiful. We will book a proper tour for the next time we are there.

There are signs near almost all of the buildings to indicate that they have gone through a restoration process.

This is the back side of the building from a different location on campus. It’s clearly the dominant building in the collection.

Stairs leading up to the back of the chapel, showcasing the Esplanades, a series of cantilevered, covered walkways that are numerous on the campus.

A door at the back of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel – you can see some of the classic Frank Lloyd Wright molded concrete.


Another look at the molded concrete.

I highly recommend stopping at Florida Southern College to take in the beautiful architecture.

Happy trails!

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2012 Holiday Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on December 20, 2012

My turn for a holiday wishlist. I’m very lucky and have already received and opened gifts from my husband’s family and I have already received so many amazing things, many from my Amazon Wishlist. I know people think it is boring to buy from wishlists, but I really love receiving things I picked for myself but probably wouldn’t spend my own money on – luxury stuff, beauty items, etc.

Anyway, the blog holiday wishlist is another beast. I’m going all out on some things I would never ask for. However, some of these aren’t bad at all.

Philip Crangi Trinket Box from the Target+Neiman Marcus holiday collection. This is currently $69.99, but since it isn’t sold out, I’m waiting for it (and some of it’s friends in that collection) to go on sale before I get one of my own.

Prada Flower-Applique Spazzolato Oxford. These are on sale at Neiman Marcus for $904. I would wear these to death. They are beautiful.

Antique Owl Watch Necklace from Fred Flare. A hot deal at $24. So cute.

OMG also from Fred Flare, this total fake McQueen studded clutch. $24.99!

A puppy! I only want a rescue dog though. Smaller than 15 lbs full-grown would be good.

The name is spelled incorrectly, but the Alexander Wang Jaime Chastity Satchel is still fabulous. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $925.

Finally, I would like Petra Island in upstate New York. On the island are 2 buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The island is heart-shaped. I am obsessed. I have been plotting a bigger blog post about it but I have to put it in my wishlist first. Does anyone have a spare $20 million to give me?

Happy holidays everyone. I am traveling for a bit but will be back to write my recaps before the end of 2012.

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Frank Lloyd Wright (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 11, 2011

31. Frank Lloyd Wright (Available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t think I’ve hidden my love for nearly all things Frank Lloyd Wright.  I don’t know when I first became enamored with the man and his designs, but it became more evident after a trip that my husband and I took in May 2009.  We took a short trip out to Western Pennsylvania, where in a single day we toured 2 homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, and Fallingwater, probably the most famous of the private homes designed by Mr. Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright, signed tile 2.This is a photo of the tile in the wall at the front door of Kentuck Knob, “signed” by Mr. Wright himself.

Anyway, back to the film.  This is a 2 hour and 40 minute documentary chronicling the entirety of the life and work of FLW, from his young years with a mother giving him building blocks and deciding that her toddler would be a famous architect,  to his scandalous love life, to his times of success and failure in his career, to his eventual recognition and death.  In addition to being an absolutely brilliant designer, he lead an interesting life.  Some of his choices were unfortunate, particularly for his first wife Kitty and their children, but it makes for an fascinating tale.

This is the Larkin building, one of FLW’s first major commissions.

I would highly recommend this Frank Lloyd Wright documentary to anyone with an interest in architecture or just in an interesting story.  FLW had much more going on in his life than drawing homes and buildings, and this film explores all of the happiness and tragedy that befell Mr. Wright during his lifetime.

Frank Lloyd Wright is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.99.

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My Top 5 Posts.

by Jamie Sanford on October 22, 2010

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Photo by Svenwerk on Flickr. Image is clickable.

I’ve never actually done one of these, but I figured why not.  I am slightly disappointed that over time, the most popular posts have been ones that I never really expected to perform well, but isn’t that always the way?

Product Review: Aura Paint by Benjamin Moore

Cosmopolitan magazine: good marketers, or an audience full of sheep?

Flickr Stats: Better, But Still Room for Improvement

Photo: Brahma Shrine at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater has a terrible photo policy.

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