Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
St. Louis Premiere of the Film
ROMANZA: THE CALIFORNIA STRUCTURES DESIGNED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
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Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012 — 2:00 p.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Tickets: $8 or $6 for members of The Missouri History Museum and/or The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park.
Q & A with filmmaker Michael Miner will follow the screening.
Co-sponsored by The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park and Missouri History Museum
Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright explores Frank Lloyd Wright’s 50-year relationship with the Golden State. Wright designed more than 80 projects for California and saw more than 25 built. The buildings were grand and modest, public and private, and came from each major era of Wright's seven-decade career.
With unprecedented access to every California building designed by Wright, Romanza journeys all over the state, from the Los Angeles textile block houses famous for appearances in dozens of Hollywood films, to perhaps the most charming of all Frank Lloyd Wright stories, the design for a doghouse in response to a letter from a boy.
In 1956, 12 year-old Jim Berger, who lived with his family in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Marin County, California, wrote to Frank Lloyd Wright, asking him to design a doghouse for his black Labrador, Eddie.
“I would appreciate it if you would design me a doghouse, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house… My dog is two and a half feet high and three feet long.” Jim Berger wrote that he would pay for the design with money earned from his paper route.
“ A house for Eddie is an opportunity,” responded Wright. He eventually sent the plan for the doghouse at no charge.
A reconstruction of the doghouse will be on display at the Missouri History Museum during the screening.