Two of Frank Lloyd Wright's most celebrated structures—the V.C. Morris Gift Shop on Maiden Lane (built as a working prototype for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) and the posthumously completed Marin County Civic Center—are in the region of San Francisco, the city Wright called "the most charming in America." Aided by Taliesin associate and close friend Aaron Green, Wright produced some 30 projects for the Bay Area (a third of which were built), including the cliff-hugging Morris House, a skyscraper, a church, an industrial building, a mortuary, and a visionary bridge across the bay. Filled with sketches, plans, and photos, this album explores Wright's San Francisco projects in detail, revealing both iconic themes and some of his most innovative designs.
"[A]n unexpectedly fresh addition to the ever-longer shelf of books on the ever-provocative architect.... Turner gives us a scholarly but flavorful history that's far more satisfying than the lavish monographs or detailed studies that Wright tends to attract."—SFChronicle
"Frank Lloyd Wright and San Francisco is rich in insights into Wright's character—his boundless energy through his eighties and into his early nineties, his public persona, his personal charm, his creative flexibility. The pleasure of this book is that [art history professor Paul] Turner is able to tie Wright, who hated cities, to the one city that he genuinely liked and returned to over and over across five decades."—Jack Quinan