John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design

John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design

Howe: Hession, Jane King; Pfeiffer, Bruce Brooks; Quigley, Tim

£43.00

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  • Date Published
  • 9780816683017
  • Hardback
  • English
  • 248
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • Jul 2015
In 1932 nineteen-year-old John H. Howe arrived at Taliesin as a charter member of Frank Lloyd Wright\u2019s Taliesin Fellowship. There he would remain for the next thirty-two years, earning a reputation as \u201cthe pencil in Wright\u2019s hand\u201d before establishing his own architectural practice in Minnesota. This is the first book to tell Howe\u2019s story and also the first full account of his place in the history of modern architecture-as chief draftsman and valued interpreter of Wright\u2019s designs and as a prolific architect in his own right. Illustrated throughout with Howe\u2019s sublime drawings, this biography is a testament to the underappreciated architect\u2019s extraordinary design and rendering skills. Influenced by Wright\u2019s principles of organic architecture, Howe operated under the conviction that \u201cthe land is the beginning of architecture.\u201d Architectural historians Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley show how this belief worked especially well for Howe in Minnesota, where his buildings appear to have grown naturally and organically from the landscape. Also remarkable are the visionary architectural schemes Howe created while serving time in prison during World War II as a conscientious objector-futuristic visions that anticipated Eero Saarinen\u2019s later designs for airports and Victor Gruen\u2019s for America\u2019s first indoor shopping mall. An enlightening look at an exemplary life in architecture, this book finally brings the accomplishment-and significance-of John H. Howe to the fore and at the same time illuminates a fascinating chapter in American architectural history.