To me Frank Lloyd Wright exists almost exclusively as a solemn, still, grey image of a man in old pictures. I am, of course, familiar with his work, everyone is but I would be hard-pressed to explain any details of the mans affect and demeanor. If you asked me what would Frank Lloyd Wright seem like on a game show for instance, I likely would have shrugged at you and said “your guess is as good as mine”
Thanks to the fine people at the Game Show Network (with an assist from Edward Lifson) I can now answer that question by saying he would seem slightly bored and out of it. I think just about any nearly-90-year-old-man would fare about the same.
I have to say I am amazed that one of the contestants (I am not sure who she was though I recognized Peter Lawford on the panel) figured out who he was with the tiniest amount of information. That woman is either a super sleuth or peeked under blindfold.
There is an almost sweet moment at the end of the clip where he tells the blowhard host (who kept answering his damn questions for him) that he just finished a new project on the western prairies and laments not bringing pictures of the project. As he earnestly describes his desire to share his work with the audience he seems less like the archetypal architect-megalomaniac and more like an eager new student eager to show off his skills. I guess that is a product of doing what you love.
The project he is describing is Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Price Tower was the architects tallest project it is startlingly tall considering Wright, God of the low-slung, prairie-style, designed it. Perhaps even more odd is that it towers above the flat prairie that inspired most of Wright’s work in a town of barely 35,000 people.
The high-rise which was perfhaps a bit gratuitous was once described as 19 floor to hold up an office buy th buildings patron, just the same it and the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin are beautiful, vertical rethinkings of the wide, wide prairie style.