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Hanna House Tours
Closer to home is the private Hanna House on the Stanford campus. Sunday tours of this local structure, also known as the Honeycomb House, are booked months in advance, but it's a little-known local gem.
Perhaps it's easier just to soak in some fictionalized versions of Frank Lloyd Wright's life and loves. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan focuses on his love affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a feminist who left her husband and children in 1909 to live with Wright in Europe.
Authored by T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Women expands with dramatic license to take in four of the more important marriages and liaisons in Wright's long and colorful life.
The DVD called Frank Lloyd Wright, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for public television, is an absorbing look at the melodrama of this iconoclastic figure. The architect's unusual ties with Japan and feat of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which withstood a great earthquake in 1923, are well-documented, as is the tragic fate of murdered Mamah Borthwick Cheney.
Frank Lloyd Wright's contributions to architecture are very well-documented in the San Mateo County Library system, but one of my favorite books is the collection of wonderful color plates in a Rizzoli publication called Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses by Alan Hess. Wright's innovative house, Fallingwater, built over a Pennsylvania waterfall, is one of the many pictured in glossy detail in this huge and expensive "coffee table" book, which you may check out at your local library.
Karen Y. is a member of two book clubs. She reads frantically, looking for structure, meaning, and author's intent. Materials related to Japan, food, arts and crafts, travel, and style attract her like a magnet.