Frank Lloyd Wright in the Soviet Union

  • Brian A. Spencer American Institute of Architects; RAACS; IAA (USA)

Abstract

In 1937 the First All-Union Congress of Soviet Architects was held in Moscow. The congress brought  architects from all areas of the  Soviet Union. Under the auspices of Vsesoiuvnoe Obshchestvo Kul'turnoi Sviazi s zagranitsei (VOKS) it invited international architects from Europe and North and South America.  The Organizing Committee of the Union of Soviet Architects invited Frank Lloyd Wright from the United States. Frank Lloyd Wright presented his philosophy and exhibited his work, specifically his designs for the weekend home for E. J. Kaufmann "Fallingwater" and the drawings for the S.C. Johnson Administration. Frank Lloyd Wright's presentation did not focus heavily on
the architecture but, rather the spirit of the Russian and Soviet vision.

References

1. Wright, Frank Lloyd. An Autobiography. Duell Sloane & Pearce, New York. 1943, p. 556.

2. May 10, 1937 letter. Union of Soviet Architects to Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

3. May 14, 1937 telegram. Acting Soviet Counsel General Paul Borovoy to Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

4. June 1, 1937 letter. Frank Lloyd Wright to Henry Russell Hitchcock. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

5. June 2, 1937 letter. Frank Lloyd Wright to Edgar J. Kaufmann. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

6. Telegram sent to Acting General Counsel Paul Borovoy to Frank Lloyd Wright in response of letter dated 06/01/1937. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.

7. Marion Densmore, Vignier Arts of Asia invoice to Frank Lloyd Wright dated 10 July, 1937. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Archives.

8. Pfeiffer, Bruce Brooks and Maxine Fawcett-Yeske, The Life of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (ORO Editions, San Francisco,
2017) p. 126. See footnote.

9. Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd. Our House. p. 40.

10. Williams-Ellis, Clough. Architect Errant: The Autobiography of Clough Williams-Ellis. (1991) p.187.

11. Wright, Frank Lloyd. An Autobiography (1943) p. 541.

12. Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd. To Russia. (1937) p. 10.

13. Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd. To Russia. (1937) p. 10.
How to Cite
SPENCER, Brian A.. Frank Lloyd Wright in the Soviet Union. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 54, p. 144-160, dec. 2017. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <http://www.projectbaikal.com/index.php/pb/article/view/1268>. Date accessed: 21 aug. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/projectbaikal.54.1268.

Keywords

Frank Lloyd Wright; Soviet Architects Congress 1937; Palace of the Soviets; Olgivanna Lloyd Wright; Sukhanovo.

Published
2017-12-26