Tahoe Perspective

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Though now it is accepted that Wright began the Lake Tahoe Summer Colony project while designing Pasadena’s La Miniatura for Mrs. George Madison Millard in 1923, he dated this and the other elevation drawing in this exhibition “22” under his initials within the red square chop.

Considered one of the earliest ideas of irregular stone retaining wall, he switched it to horizontal white cast blocks topped with stained board walls. In this design, Wright framed the natural stone retaining walls with artfully placed boulders. He not only changed the wall to a cast Tahoe beach sand one, but he renamed Fir Tree to become Shore Type Cabin in those later designs.

There were to be several cabin types dotted around the mountain and lake – teepee and mountain lodge forms, even floating barges with fanciful radio aerials.

Though similar in organic formations to other Tahoe designs, and with other tree forms resembling the Doheny Ranch project, this rendering was drawn by someone other than Wright. But he alone initialed this presentation drawing in his red square chop.

When the Summer Colony sales team vacated its office, they left the furniture, file drawers and a few of Wright’s drawings to the next tenant, Chester Barrigan, who left them to his daughter.

Recently, the aging tissues were conserved by proper museum techniques leaving the Tahoe cabin drawings nearly pristine within tightly enclosed framing.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fir Tree Cabin Perspective
Delineator: Unknown
Pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper
Initialed FLLW and dated in red square chop lower right
June 8, 1922
Ex coll: Wright; Four private collectors
H: 21 1/4 x W: 18 1/4 inches (mat window measurement)

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See also: Frank Lloyd Wright drawings Pedro Guerrero Taliesin West photographs Taliesin Construction