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Original 1956 Signed Blueprint of Frank Lloyd Wrightís design which is today the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin
Printed Blueprint Signed ìF Ll W / 56î in brown ink in a 1î x 1î brown ink square box shaded in red pencil in the lower left, 56.5î x 18î. Two 2.75î vertical lines have been drawn in red pencil at each end of the 28.5î x 5î architectural drawing in the lower half, captioned ìElevation From Lake Monona Scale: 1/32î = 1í-0îî Lightly printed. Minor soiling and mounting traces at perimeter easily matted over. Fine condition. In 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a design for a civic auditorium which would link Lake Monona, surrounded on three sides by the city of Madison, Wisconsin, with the State Capitol building two blocks away. Wright had a summer home at Spring Green, 35 miles from Madison. It was defeated at a County Board meeting by one vote. In 1954-1955, in the postwar economic boom, Madison voters approved a bond referendum for a civic center and Wright was chosen as project architect. The original signed blueprint here offered was accomplished in 1956. The Lake Monona project was effectively destroyed the next year by a state law reducing the height of a lakefront building to 20 feet; Wrightís building would have been 60 feet high. Madisonís Mayor called the signing of the bill into law by Republican Gov. Vernon Thomson on September 21, 1957, ìa regrettable insult to Wisconsinís most renowned living citizen.î Wright said that objectors to the civic auditorium had misrepresented the facts, saying that his proposal would not have interfered with the view of Lake Monona from the street above. ìFrom the capitol two blocks away,î explained Wright, ìthere would be no change whatever from the view except a great fountain of gushing water where the unconscious objectors have shown a building.î On this blueprint, viewing the civic auditorium from Lake Monona, the fountain and the Madison State Capitol building can be seen in the distance. After the 1958 elections, in January 1959, Madison-area state legislators introduced a bill which was signed by new Democratic Gov. Gaylord Nelson, repealing the 1957 law. Wright completed his last rendering shortly before his death on April 9, 1959. In 1992, Madison voters narrowly approved the transformation of Wrightís civic center into a convention facility. Construction began in 1994 and in July 1997, the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened, 59 years after Frank Lloyd Wrightís inception of the project. ìWith interiors redesigned by Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam, Monona Terrace spans ninety feet out over shimmering waters, incorporating thoroughly modern technology and amenities with the architect¥s signature organic design�î (from MononaTerrace.com)
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