Organic Architecture + Design Archives



Image of JOURNAL OA+D 6:3

VOL. 6 / NO. 3


100 pages :: Essay by Kathryn A. Smith

Frank Lloyd Wright’s account in his autobiography of the building of the Imperial Hotel (1913-1923, demolished 1968) provides essential information from the architect’s own perspective. Valuable as this has proven to be, Wright did not concern himself with the dates and details necessary to weave together an historical sequence of events. The story of the Imperial Hotel is a dramatic one and when the complete outline of events is revealed, the complexity of the building emerges as even more remarkable than has formerly been known.

This landmark double-sized issue not only contains new information and never-before-published photographs in an essay by historian and leading expert on Wright's Imperial Hotel, Kathryn A. Smith, it also reproduces in its totality for the first time in the United States the little known 1923 Japanese portfolio of photographic plates of the Hotel prior to the Great Kanto Earthquake.

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