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Science Matters Lunch & Learn: Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright
August 19, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City Public Library, and the Missouri Humanities Council
Many consider Frank Lloyd Wright to be America’s greatest architect. His “organic architecture” helped popularize open floor plans, light-filled rooms, and connections to nature, all still in demand today. In Missouri, Wright worked with forward-thinking families to design four unique houses; he also butted heads with building authorities while constructing a controversial church. Who were these Missourians on the cutting edge of architectural design, and why do Wright’s creations remain relevant nearly sixty years after his death? This talk will help you see Missouri’s buildings with new eyes.
Kelly Johnston is a Missouri native, raised on a farm near Warrensburg. He earned degrees from the University of Central Missouri and Indiana University. He has been a software developer and a cartographer, and he taught mapping at the University of Virginia. He grew up immersed in architecture and building as he worked alongside his father, a master carpenter who built their family home. Recently retired from Virginia, Johnston and his wife moved back to Missouri, where they restored a historic home, now listed on the National Register. He leads tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright house at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and has visited 50 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the world.
Accessing the program
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This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Corner, Donald; Fillinger, Jan C.; Kwok, Alison G. Passive house details : solutions for high-performance design. New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.
- Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990, editor. Roots of contemporary American architecture; a series of thirty-seven essays dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. New York, N.Y. : Grove Press, 1959.
- Weems, Jason Barnstorming the prairies : how aerial vision shaped the Midwest. Minneapolis ; London : University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Show Me Frank Lloyd Wright Reference List from the speaker, Kelly Johnston.