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Building a Dream with the World's Greatest Architect
Don and Virginia Lovness went to see Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 at Taliesin, where he agreed to design a home / art studio for the young couple. The following spring they began a two-year marathon of chiseling and laying stone, pouring cement and framing their Usonian gem on a small lake in Minnesota. They lived in a tiny camping trailer on site with their two daughters, a cat and a goat.
Taliesin at Spring Green Wisconsin
Don and Virginia became very close to Mrs. Wright, Wes Peters and the entire Fellowship, and their home became a regular "R&R" stop for Taliesin apprentices. They were influenced by Wright in many ways and became avid collectors of Oriental art. Don re-created some of the "Sprite" designs from the long-gone Midway Gardens, sparking a resurgence of interest in these lovely figurines.
Usonian Homes, book
My sister and I spent the summers collecting pebbles for fill as the house rose around us.
When the house was finished in the late fall of 1957, my sister and I had a bedroom to share. My father - a chemist, aviator, boxer and consummate builder - was a renaissance man with a soft side.
Our parents made regular visits to Spring Green where we would take part in the elaborate pageants put on by the Fellowship and apprentices.
The Cottage became a just-right-sized home for them, a base for extensive travels and a house that saw a constant stream of visitors over the years.
The birdwalk at Taliesin, book
Book by Lonnie Lovness
Lonnie Lovness followed in the footsteps of her mother as a visual artist and painter. She was an arts administrator and gallery director, then managing director for a theater troupe. In 1984 she founded a successful jewelry design studio, Lonnie Lovness Accessories, retiring in 2016.
Lonnie's husband Gordon Maltby is a writer and publisher in the automotive field. They collaborated on this work.
Virginia Lovness saved everything, from the invoices for bags of cement to the checks she wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright for "personal architectural services". Readers will discover fascinating and little-known Wright history in personal letters, notes, drawings and gifts, to and from the Lovnesses.
Frank Lloyd Wright, book
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