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Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House

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Fallingwater Rising is a biography not of a person but of the most famous house of the twentieth century. Scholars and the public have long extolled the house that Frank Lloyd Wright perched over a Pennsylvania waterfall in 1937, but the full story has never been told.

When he got the commission to design the house, Wright was nearing seventy, his youth and his early fame long gone. It was the Depression, and Wright had no work in sight. Into his orbit stepped Edgar J. Kaufmann, a Pittsburgh department-store mogul — "the smartest retailer in America" — and a philanthropist with the burning ambition to build a world-famous work of architecture. It was an unlikely collaboration: the Jewish merchant who had little concern for modern architecture and the brilliant modernist who was leery of Jews. But the two men collaborated to produce an extraordinary building of lasting architectural significance that brought international fame to them both and confirmed Wright’s position as the greatest architect of the twentieth century.

Fallingwater Rising is also an enthralling family drama, involving Kaufmann, his beautiful cousin/wife, Liliane, and their son, Edgar Jr., whose own role in the creation of Fallingwater and its ongoing reputation is central to the story. Involving such key figures of the l930s as Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Henry R. Luce, William Randolph Hearst, Ayn Rand, and Franklin Roosevelt, Fallingwater Rising shows us how E. J. Kaufmann’s house became not just Wright’s masterpiece but a fundamental icon of American life.

One of the pleasures of the book is its rich evocation of the upper-crust society of Pittsburgh — Carnegie, Frick, the Mellons — a society that was socially reactionary but luxury-loving and baronial in its tastes, hobbies, and sexual attitudes (Kaufmann had so many mistresses that his store issued them distinctive charge plates they could use without paying).

Franklin Toker has been studying Fallingwater for eighteen years. No one but he could have given us this compelling saga of the most famous private house in the world and the dramatic personal story of the fascinating people who made and used it.

A major contribution to both architectural and social history.

Review:

"A cerebral, spiritual, and social pilgrimage....Digging into personal and architectural history, Toker demonstrates spadework of the highest, most exacting, and refined order." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Utterly fascinating...An absolute page turner, thanks not only to Toker's diligence, but also to his palpable excitement about his material..." Janet Maslin, New York Times

Review:

"Toker tell what may well be as close to the truth as we'll ever get about the building....a fascinating analysis of the relationship between architect and client." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Wright's Fallingwater house made America fall in love with modernist architecture, according to this engrossing study...The trenchant analysis of Wright's character and creativity, the often lyrical evocations of his buildings, and the opinionated but insightful overview of the modernist intellectual milieu of the 1930s make the book a wonderful exploration of the psychological and social meaning of architecture." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A juicy story...Fallingwater is controversial even today, and the story of how it came to be is enthralling." Arizona Republic

Review:

"Keeps the reader engrossed and wondering what will happen next." Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [411]-462) and index.

About the Author

Franklin Toker, a professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, has published books on church architecture in French Canada, the ancient cathedral of Florence (which he excavated), and the architecture and urbanism of Pittsburgh. He has won both the Porter Prize and the Hitchcock Award. Born in Montreal, he was educated at McGill University, Oberlin College, and Harvard University. A past president of the Society of Architectural Historians, Toker lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400040261
Subtitle:
Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
Author:
Toker, Franklin
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Design & Construction
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
U.S. Architecture - General
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Subject:
Fallingwater (Pa.)
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Residential
Series Volume:
108-13
Publication Date:
20030930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16PP COLOR; 97 ILLUS IN TEXT
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.50x6.30x1.66 in. 2.00 lbs.

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Product details 496 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9781400040261 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A cerebral, spiritual, and social pilgrimage....Digging into personal and architectural history, Toker demonstrates spadework of the highest, most exacting, and refined order."
"Review" by , "Utterly fascinating...An absolute page turner, thanks not only to Toker's diligence, but also to his palpable excitement about his material..."
"Review" by , "Toker tell what may well be as close to the truth as we'll ever get about the building....a fascinating analysis of the relationship between architect and client."
"Review" by , "Wright's Fallingwater house made America fall in love with modernist architecture, according to this engrossing study...The trenchant analysis of Wright's character and creativity, the often lyrical evocations of his buildings, and the opinionated but insightful overview of the modernist intellectual milieu of the 1930s make the book a wonderful exploration of the psychological and social meaning of architecture."
"Review" by , "A juicy story...Fallingwater is controversial even today, and the story of how it came to be is enthralling."
"Review" by , "Keeps the reader engrossed and wondering what will happen next."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [411]-462) and index.
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