Over the years I’ve traveled all over the United States by car. Since 1999 I’ve logged over 100,000 miles on my trusty Saturn and more than 60,000 miles on my new VW. I’m just a regular guy with a camera and an appreciation for the Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
My library of Frank Lloyd Wright books is rather extensive. As an “average joe” kind of guy, I don’t have any first editions or rare, antique books. Most of my books have been acquired from the Preservation Trust’s web site or Amazon.com. I’ve had plenty of people send me books and I’ve read a lot of them. I’ve probably got at least 300 books about Wright, his work and his life.
When it comes to research for the specific buildings that I’ve visited, I rely on a few trusted sources.
One resource that is invaluable to any Wright enthusiast is Dr. William Allin Storrer’s book “The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion.” It is available in book form as well as on CD-Rom. I use both when researching road trips or looking for historical information to include in my descriptions. I will reference them periodically when I’m talking about the different sites I’ve visited. Storrer’s book and CD-Rom can be found at most gift shops that are associated with Wright buildings as well as Amazon.com. He also maintains the Frank Lloyd Wright Info web site and updates it many times per year. Mr. Storrer has done decades of research on Wright’s buildings and it shows in his scholarly work.
Thomas A. Heinz is another author that has written extensively about Mr. Wright and his work. The book I often use for insights and information is called “The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Guide to the Designs of an Architectural Genius.” It is another huge coffee table book with plenty of good information and photos. It is well written and easy to read.
In the 1980s, Dover Press published a series of books about select buildings built by Wright. Most of these were written by Donald Hoffman. I’ve got at least 10 or 12 of them including books about the Hollyhock, Dana/Thomas and Robie Houses and The Imperial Hotel (by Cary James). They are not always the most lively reads, but the information is very good and the photos are wonderful. They seem to be extremely well researched.
One source that I got from the Ken Burns video was Meryle Secrest. My first comment about her work is that she went to a great amount of effort to write a 630 page biography of a man she REALLY doesn’t like. I disagree with a lot of the things she says in the video and writes in her biography, but I completely respect the amount of work that she’s done to write her biography. She had to wade through TONS of correspondence and wrightings not only by Wright, but also by those who interact with him. I still haven’t finished reading “Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography” by Meryle Secrest, but I will someday.