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Frank Lloyd Wright House to be built near Bristol

by on September 19, 2013

I spotted this story in a local paper and thought you may be interested.

Stephen Brooks an architect based in Bath is working with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to realise an unbuilt FLW design in Wraxall near Bristol.

Read the story here.

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  1. Arnold Gilpin permalink

    Seems like another good way for someone to obtain PP where other mere mortals, who work in the countryside get refused. A bit like the president of Ireland who changed the rules so that she could build her mansion the got them changed back to stop anyone else doing it.
    I happen to like FLW and pylons. I think they would look well together. And Dr Pratt would surely appreciate the structure from his work in tower cranes.

  2. As a local urban designer with some experience in North Somerset I find this a little odd if not untypical. Don’t get me wrong, my design interests have meant I am prone to a bit of architectural tourism over the years, and have indeed visited some fine FLW building in New York and California. But surely the fun is in the jorney to see something with real context, history and originality. My feeling about a FLW on my doorstep is that it will always be a bit of a pastiche, in a slightly derogatory way. With no real reason other than to distract the National Trust weekenders from their more authentic Gothic attentions next door.

    Still in this time of austerity maybe we need a few entrepreneurial show stoppers to attract the crowds and sell a few souvenirs. So how about a completed version of the Sagrada Familia alongside Temple Meads Station, or a reconstruction of the lost Crystal Palace at Clevedon Court, and hey why not the Tower of Babel next to Stonehenge. Now that certainly would justify a visitor centre and road realignment.

    • Now you’re just being silly!
      But thinking about it Bristol does need an arena so what about a full sized complete replica of the Coliseum.

  3. Dr. Pratt permalink

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. _ Roosevelt

    • Dr Pratt,
      Thank you for commenting. As one who is no stranger to criticism via this blog I applaud your stance.

  4. Dr. Pratt permalink


    Thank you. Please sign up with the other architectural students that we will show around. It is our aim, if allowed, to have a 5 seater minibus once a week. Students will have a free visit and be able to relax in the house and to begin to comprehend the spatial and creative genius of Frank Lloyd Wright.

    It takes a little time to understand a Picasso or Mona Lisa and for this reason the galleries kindly provide seats.

    We recognise the privilege we have been allowed and see ourselves as stewards for future generations and the Nation.

  5. I had not appreciated that this is a ‘live’ application and have therefore moderated some of my earlier comments and turned off further comments. Please accept my apologies.

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