House in Los Angeles: Frank Lloyd Wright Essay Example
While watching the short film of the houses built by Frank Lloyd Wright, his life story caught my attention. Wright’s social life interacted with his work life and how they both had effects on each other causing certain outcomes to play into effect. For example when he started a family with his first wife, then ran away with Mamah Cheney one of Wrights clients. After leaving his family and running off with his new love they settled down in his hometown in the state of Wisconsin(which would lead to designing buildings later on with new unique designs in Wisconsin) and built a beautiful house that fit in with the landscape that surrounded it. Wright not only was building his new house but building a new family as well, while working from Wisconsin and his office for clients in Chicago.
While in Chicago though Wright got news that his family had been murdered by a servant of the Wisconsin estate and the house was burnt to the ground. A Grieving Wright then moved to Los Angeles where many people thought he was going to try to take the murder of his family off his mind and grieve with a bigger clientele and more opportunism to continue his work. Frank Lloyd Wright never wanted to work with the regular day styles when he built homes, he always wanted to take the other direction for a new design such as his concrete houses he built in Los Angeles. They had Mayan designs surrounding the house and many people said the houses should hold a Mayan god rather than a Los Angeles family.
After learning how to build these unique styles of homes, Wright returned to his hometown and built a peculiar warehouse in the state of Wisconsin with these same concrete Mayan like designs which was odd for a farm town in Wisconsin where this building was located, but it showed that Frank Lloyd Wright never wanted to be in the category of normal he wanted his own version of normal by building and creating his own new styles. Although some people believed that his houses built in Los Angeles were designed and constructed out of his emotions in the interior part of the house. Some said the inside was a sad gloomy place because they felt he built the house out of depression of the murder of his family and at the time his designs linked with his emotions which if done the right way could in the right state of mind could have very much satisfied the people who were living there at the time.
If I had the option to live in one of Wrights Los Angeles homes, I would probably say no to the offer because of the interior of the home. In my opinion it is a very unique inside and would be amazing to be able to tour it but to live in it would not be for me. It’s such a simple yet complex interior with the simple material of concrete yet the concrete has such amazing details added to every inch of the house to the point where I feel I would be overwhelmed to live there full time, and due to the fact that I feel like the house would have to be filled with items that matched the rest of the house, which would mean no family photos, specific furniture and much more, because I feel like if it weren’t to go with the flow of the house it would throw everything off. That would be the biggest reason why I would say no to living in one of those houses because I simply just wouldn’t feel as if I were at home.
I learned from this short video about how the outcomes of Frank Lloyd Wrights life affected what he did in his work in way and where he took his work because of the constant change in his life outside of work. I think the filmmakers did a great job telling big important chunks of his life that had effects on his work and by doing that, it made the film very interesting getting a detailed background of his life along with some of the important pieces of work he created. One thing specifically I think the filmmakers avoided was what happened to his family he left behind when Wright ran off with Mamah Cheney, why did they only talk about the lady that in a way took Wright away from his wife and children. What I took away from this film and I enjoyed the most was how Wright was always trying to build his own new design or take a design from one area and bring it somewhere new where that design would be considered odd or out of place.