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JOURNAL OA+D 8:1

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JOURNAL OF
ORGANIC ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN
VOL. 8 / NO. 1

REDISCOVERING FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S
ROLOSON HOUSES AND THE UNBUILT ROLOSON APARTMENTS

64 pages :: Essay by Gregory M. Brewer

In 1894, Robert W. Roloson commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a group of houses to be built on Calumet Avenue near 32nd Street in Chicago. The four adjacent row houses were completed early the following year. Roloson returned to Wright several years later for plans to expand and convert the houses to apartments. Working drawings were completed, but Roloson chose not to proceed with the project. Wright never published or wrote about the Roloson Houses and they remained unknown until 1940 when rediscovered by architectural historian Grant Carpenter Manson. The second, unexecuted project has remained entirely unknown until now. Thanks to Gregory Brewer's scholarship, these largely ignored and misunderstood designs receive an accurate history and a fresh reassessment. With never-before-published photos and drawings, this journal provides insights that will help shed light on these important early Wright designs.

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