Was Frank Lloyd Wright an even more prolific designer of private houses than previously thought? William Allin Storrer, a Frank Lloyd Wright scholar, says he's identified 29 houses that ought to be freshly credited to the eminent architect -- although not everyone is convinced he's got the evidence to back up the claims. All of the structures are in suburban Chicago, including 24 on a single block of the town of River Forest.
The houses date to the 1910's, a period when Wright was a pariah in Chicago, a situation resulting from an affair he'd conducted with the wife of a wealthy client -- one plausible explanation for why he and the houses' owners would keep his contribution quiet. They were previously attributed to other members of the so-called Prairie School of architecture, but Storrer, an adjunct professor at UT-Austin and author of two books on Wright and his work, and two research partners, Richard Johnson and Daniel Dominique Watts, say certain interior and exterior details are giveaways.
The Chicago Tribune's architecture critic tells the tale of the discovery (and reports the opinions of some skeptics) here, while Storrer has posted photographs of all the houses at his somewhat ungainly website.
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