Jeff Chusid: Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity

The exhibition presents a case study on the preservation of an important work of modern architecture: the Samuel and Harriet Freeman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924. The story of the house, and of the attempt to save it, raises a series of provocative theoretical, technological and political issues. The Freeman House was the setting for fascinating people and events but deeply flawed from the time it was built; 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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