“Romanza: The California Structures of Frank Lloyd Wright” Screens Sunday at the History Museum

Wright's dog house photograph courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park.

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 — 2:00 p.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Tickets: $8 or $6 for members of The Missouri History Museum and/or The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park.

Tickets now available by calling (314) 361-9017 or at the Missouri History Museum ticket desk.

ROMANZA: THE CALIFORNIA STRUCTURES DESIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s 50-year relationship with the Golden State. Wright designed more than 80 projects for California and saw more than 25 built. The buildings were grand and modest, public and private, and came from each major era of Wright’s seven-decade career.

With unprecedented access to every California building designed by Wright, Romanza journeys all over the state, from the Los Angeles textile block houses, famous for appearances in dozens of Hollywood films, to Wright’s only San Francisco commission which he designed as a “glass of champagne”, from the cinder block homes of the San Joaquin valley, to the “Ship’s prow” home on the beach of Carmel bay, from Wright’s contentious relationship with oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, to perhaps the most charming of all Frank Lloyd Wright stories, the design for a doghouse in response to the letter of a 12-year-old boy.

Also included is substantial material on Wright’s unbuilt California work, some of the most fantastically imaginative structures he ever designed.

The documentary is filmmaker Michael Miner’s third about Wright’s architecture. 87 minutes. Q & A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

A reconstruction of the doghouse will be on display.

Co-sponsored by The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park
 and Missouri History Museum.