Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House (2020)

Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House Franklin Toker Fallingwater Rising Frank Lloyd Wright E J Kaufmann and America s Most Extraordinary House 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 Pen
  • Title: Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House
  • Author: Franklin Toker
  • ISBN: 9780375710155
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
Fallingwater Rising: Frank Lloyd Wright, E. J. Kaufmann, and America's Most Extraordinary House Franklin Toker 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 lFallingwater 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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  1. Susan

    When I was younger, my mom took my sister and I on a trip to visit Fallingwater, the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Pennsylvania I remember the sheer amazement I felt as I stood on the banks of Bear Run and took in the sight of the architectural masterpiece in front of me Years later, I am still fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright and this home This book was a surprise that I found while browsing at my local library, and I am so happy that I had the chance to read it The author goes int [...]

  2. Brian

    I bought this book at my first trip to Fallingwater I started reading it a few months ago because we took my parents to Fallingwater for their birthdays I really appreciated this book because it was than just an explanation of the house it provided context for what this house meant to Frank Lloyd Wright s career, where it came in his career path, and it discussed Edgar Kaufmann who played a major role in shaping Fallingwater and Kaufmann s son who helped preserve it Toker helped explain the maj [...]

  3. Pamela

    I got this book on a trip to Fallingwater, and I have to say, the visit there was amazing I found the book to be very thoroughly researched, but very hard to get through I can feel the level of research and work that went into the book, but I think sometimes, the author jumped to conclusions that may have been excessive such as when he draws a connection between the overhang of Mrs Kaufmann s balcony and her relationship with her husband He interjects his opinion in a number of places like this, [...]

  4. A.G. Lindsay

    This book is about much than the construction of Frank Lloyd Wright s famous house I found it a fascinating and absorbing study of the history of the Western Pennsylvania region in the first half of the 1900s, the Kaufmanns, etc I don t recall hearing much about this era when I was in school in the Pittsburgh area , so I found it very interesting where others might have found it a bit tedious I need to dig up some biographies of the Pittsburgh movers and shakers of that time.Unfortunately, it [...]

  5. Lee Riccetti

    I read this book because one of my former professors, Franklin Toker wrote it As I was reading I could almost hear his voice in lecture While I found that some of the assumptions about the Kaufmans and Wright s personal lives were over reaching, it was one of the best researched architecture books I ve ever read Most books of this nature can be dry and tough to get through if you are reading for pleasure, but Toker incorporates archival research in a way that is entertaining and thought provokin [...]

  6. Lori Watson koenig

    Just as in Fallingwater rock, water and house come together, this book tells the story of the land, an architect and a builder coming together The result is a magical perfect thing called Fallingwater.I love this book for so many reasons Frank Lloyd Wright is fascinating and beyond interesting E.J Kaufmann is almost a caricature of an American capitalist The land where Fallingwater is located has a great history The house itself.I dreamed of this house many years before I knew of its existence I [...]

  7. John

    This is a very informative book on the history of Fallingwater, framed by Toker as a story of how Wrigth and E.J Kaufman collaborated to build one of the most famous houses of the 20th Century The narrative is somewhat overshadowed, however, by the almost encyclopedic compendium of historical facts that Toker includes and his often thinly supported speculations about motives, intentions and events perhaps necessitated by the lack of historical documentation I skimmed the second half of the book [...]

  8. Kathryn

    This book went into depth about things than a casual reader would care about, and seems to be written for a student of architecture than a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, such as I am I wish the author had included photos of all the buildings that were referred to, in the book Seems to be well researched, and the theories hang together Most of the time the author seems to be careful not to make assumptions, or do identify what they are If you re looking for the story of Fallingwater, this is it And th [...]

  9. Melissa

    I would say that this is a fascinating look inside the social forces that led to the construction of Fallingwater and its status as icon of American modern architectureexcept the book was just too damn long I really wonder what the target audience was the architecture parts are relatively dumbed down but who would want to read a book this long and this detailed about Fallingwater except an architecture buff who doesn t need the architecture parts dumbed down By the end of the book, I spent time [...]

  10. Tracy

    A fascinating story about the construction of Fallingwater I ve been there, so was interested to get the background I love details like the crew that was pouring the concrete for the cantilever added concrete because Wright s calculations were wonky If they hadn t, the whole thing would have fallen down and the house probably would have had a different name, no but Wright was furious that anyone dared to tamper with his genius.

  11. Arthur

    Here are 500 pages to biography a house, but not just any house This house, according to the author, is the most famous house in the world because of its architecture, because of its message and where it is Toker shows us the complicated personal intrigue and the professional competitiveness that nurtured and sustains its iconic being Any lover of architecture, FLWright, or the arts will be well rewarded in the reading of this book.

  12. Jenny

    This is a wonderfully fascinating book for anyone who has been to Fallingwater, loves Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architecture, or Pittsburgh It s a bit on the longer side, but I couldn t put it down due to its exceptionally written style and fascinating narrative how the world s most famous private home was built.

  13. Lauren

    More information than I can grasp about modern architecture I can t for instance, fix the difference between modern and modernist in my mind but this is a rich, narrative driven approach to the topic Full of the indiscretions of the wealthy A good description of how the would be elite used art and culture to negotiate class.

  14. Louise Silk

    This is a fascinating look at every aspect of Fallingwater from its concept, construction, and growth as an icon of American modern architecture.Being from Pittsburgh, I particularly enjoyed the parts about the Kaufmann family and how they affected the area I, myself, have always made references to the Kaufman clock.

  15. Paul

    I had hoped that this book would thoroughly discuss the construction and management of the building process While it did touch on it, it did not go into it in depth That said, I did find the book interesting It covered the personalities of EJ Kaufman EJ Jr and FL Wright in depth The author is obviously enad of Fallingwater, which I found to by spectacular but cold and uninviting.

  16. Hattie Woods

    I FINISHED IT Goes thoroughly into as many primary sources as possible, and adds good context across other disciplines and industry, like the department store and magazine phenomenons of the 19230s, and the way European and American modernists informed and responded to each other real good for the uninitiated However, it is huge and slow reading a monument in itself.

  17. Kim

    Living in Pittsburgh and having been to Falling Water, this was an up late at night page turner for me Highly recommend to people who know Pittsburgh or Fallingwater as well as people interested in the early 20th century history.

  18. Jason Clark

    A really good look into a my personal favorite great architect designer The book gives you a real prospective and understanding of a man and a time in history You get an incite to the true legacy that one man has brought the modern world Definitely worth a read.

  19. Josh

    I wasn t planning to read all 400 pages of a book about one house, but I ended up reading nearly the whole book The very rich are different from you and me.

  20. Marian Ferguson

    Rich, exhaustive portrait of people, a culture, siting and building the house, but its comprehensive ness cannot prepare you for the exhilarating experience of visiting the house.

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