Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation president and CEO Stuart Graff shared his thoughts and reflections on the importance of the Lewis Spring House. - From Tallahassee Democrat
As a long-time Spring House Institute board member, Schweizer provided an overview and personal insight of how the original clients, George and Clifton Lewis of Tallahassee, first came to meet Frank Lloyd Wright, with whom they shared social and artistic values and aspirations in common, back in the early 1950s, and how this remarkable house subsequently came into existence as a result of their meeting.
Byrd Lewis Mashburn, daughter of the original owners, who grew up in the Lewis Spring House and who is president of the Spring House Institute board, introduced the featured speaker, Graff, formerly a corporate lawyer and a Chicago native who as a youth was strongly inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
His first employee, Marion Mahony (later Marion Mahony Griffin), one of the first female MIT graduates in architecture, was critical to his early success.
About half the Wasmuth Portfolio renderings were her work.
On another front, Graff noted that in 1928 Wright created a design for the Lincoln Heights, NC, Rosenwald School, the schools building initiative developed between Sears, Roebuck & Co.