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    Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959)
    Drawings with Annotations by Frank Lloyd Wright and Photo Sheets of the John Gillin House, Dallas, Texas (five works), 1956
    Ink, graphite, and colored pencil on tracing paper
    35-1/2 x 44 inches (90.2 x 111.8 cm) (sheet, largest)

    PROVENANCE:
    Property from the Collection of the Architect W. Kelly Oliver

    The John Gillin house, completed in 1958, was Frank Lloyd Wright's final residential commission and his only residential project in Dallas. While technically a Usonian home due to its engineering and utilization of local building materials, it is atypical compared to most of his Usonian designs, most notably because of its size (this is the largest residence Wright designed) as well as its use of angles. The archetypal Usonian house is fairly small, meant to be accessible to the middle class, and situated around a garden space in an L-shape. Like the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Wright's only other Dallas commission, completed in 1959, the Gillin House was planned along a diamond grid and features countless triangles, layered and sprawling, resulting in a fractal-like synthesis of order and chaos. Although Wright was in his 80s while designing this home, the present drawings nonetheless demonstrate his unyielding attention to detail and control over every minute design decision. These drawings come from the archive of William Kelly Oliver, who was a member of the Taliesin Associated Architects and oversaw this project as well as the construction of the Kalita Humphreys Theater.
    The lot comprising five drawings and three photo sheets.


    Condition Report*: Moderate to heavy water staining on each with moderate foxing stains to the largest sheet; scattered 1/4"-1" vertical tears to the extreme edges of each sheet; one sheet has a loss in the upper right quadrant; each sheet has moderate to heavy creases along the extreme edges. Each sheet is loose.
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    April, 2019
    15th Monday
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