Jeff Chusid: Meet the Author

This semester, the Cornell Store is inviting Cornell faculty, graduate students, and local authors to discuss their most recently published works as well as to give insight into the publishing process and the steps involved in bringing a manuscript to book form. 

Associate Professor Jeffrey Chusid, CRP, author of Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity, will be featured on March 12. Chusid's book is a case study on the preservation of an important work of modern architecture. The story of the Freeman House, and of the attempt to save it, entails almost all of the provocative issues that make historic preservation as a field so fascinating, technologically and theoretically complex, and politically charged.

Saving Wright chronicles the ongoing struggle to save Wright’s Freeman House in the Hollywood Hills, the setting for fascinating people and events but deeply flawed from the time it was built 95 years ago. The Freeman House was an experiment born out of Frank Lloyd Wright’s polemical vision of a new kind of architecture for the middle class, for modern America, and, in particular, for the Los Angeles foothills. Its design and construction were difficult, thus, along with many poor decisions, planting within a beautiful work of architecture the seeds of its own destruction.

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