Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West (1937), Scottsdale, Arizona. Photos by Juan Carlos Bretschneider.
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In the 1940s, she [Clifton Lewis] met Wright at a world federalism conference - they were both believers in international government - and she persuaded him to design a house for her young family. Not long after, Lewis became one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in Tallahassee. Her activism led some white customers to abandon her husband’s bank, plunging the once-wealthy family into genteel poverty. The Wright house, still not finished at the time, suffered along with them.
“My mother and father had a certain amount of money and ran out of money at the point when the interior was completed,” says Ben, one of the Lewises’ four children.
These days, the masonry on the outside of the house is crumbling, and the roof is propped up with two-by-fours. Then, too, the lack of storage space has led to an almost comical solution: Lewis has strung up clotheslines across the double-height living room. The mess was reported in a story in a Florida newspaper, which Ben says was “heartbreaking” because his morhter had sold a beloved beach house, her only other remaining asset, to raise the money for a roof repair.
“She’d like help with the house, but only with no strings attached,” explains Ben. Lewis hopes that when the house is finished, she can move to a new building across the street, and turn the house into a place where people, inspired by great architecture, will talk about making the world a better place. (more)
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