Lot 18: Original Frank Lloyd Wright Signed Blueprint
15th November 2018
Original 1956 blueprint for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, accomplished by Wright in graphite on an off-white 45. 25 x 27 sheet of drafting paper, signed in the lower left in a small shaded box in ink, "F Ll W/56." The blueprint shows a 1? to 32´ scale overhead view of the entirety of the convention center, noting in the lower right, "Plan at Datum +34´—10? Level C." The bottom of the outline depicts "Parking Level C," a forty car capacity lot with stairwells at top of each side; the main auditorium consists of sections listed as "Upper Part of Exhibition Hall," "Promenade," "Orchestra," "Stage," and "Backstage," and features various abutting office, lobby, and toilet areas; the "Little Theater" and "Art Gallery" are positioned to the far left and right, with upper portion of blueprint bearing faint captions, "Open Down to Water" and "Future Level B Park." Rolled and in good condition, with scattered creasing, some tape to edges, a few stains, and overall irregular toning; the printing is somewhat light but completely legible. In 1938, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a design for a civic auditorium that would link Lake Monona with the State Capitol building two blocks away. Initially defeated at a County Board meeting by one vote, Madison voters approved a bond referendum for a civic center in 1954-1955, and Wright was chosen as project architect. To place a bid go to www.oneofakindauctions.com
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