On the final evening of the Society of Architectural Historian's 2013 Conference, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture marked the joint acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive by Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. At the event, Carole Ann Fabian, Director of Avery Library, and Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, discussed the institutional opportunities provided by this unique acquisition.
The evening also included a preview of research on Wright initiated by the Buell Center, using the Darwin Martin House as a case study. Wright’s place in the canon of American architecture has been secured through decades of critical examination and rigorous scholarship. Buell Center Director Reinhold Martin and Columbia PhD Candidate Leslie Klein explained how the Buell project would build on this work in relationship to the archive.
Images: David Schalliol, courtesy Society of Architectural Historians and Buell Center