Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss
By Ron McCrea
240 pages, 251 b/w and color photos, 11 x 8.5; E-book now availableBuy
The book also brings to life Wright's "kindred spirit," "she for whom Taliesin had first taken form," Mamah Borthwick. Wright and Borthwick had each abandoned their families to be together, causing a scandal that reverberated far beyond Wright's beloved Wisconsin valley. The shocking murder and fire that took place at Taliesin in August 1914 brought this first phase of life at Taliesin to a tragic end.
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"The photographs in 'Building Taliesin' reveal a masterpiece in the making. This is a beautiful book." -Pedro E. Guerrero, Frank Lloyd Wright's photographer
"'Building Taliesin' is a thoroughly enjoyable history of the house that Frank Lloyd built for Mamah Borthwick. With rich details and rare photographs, author Ron McCrea offers up new insights into Taliesin and the lovers for whom it was a refuge. A fascinating read." -Nancy Horan, author of "Loving Frank"
Watch Ron McCrea's interview on "Live at Five"