Collection Type:

1867 to 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright, the most famous of American architects, completed two buildings in western Pennsylvania, and designed a number of additional projects that remained unbuilt. Much of this work was planned for Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. (1885-1955), the Pittsburgh department store merchant, who was Wright's client for over twenty years.

Scope and Content: 

Collection consists primarily of drawings and slides documenting the construction and renovation of the Hagan house, otherwise known as Kentuck Knob (1954-1956, 1987-1990); and mylar copies and blueprints of drawings for Fallingwater (1936-1940), the Point Park megastructures (1947-1948, unbuilt) and the Kaufmann parking garage (1949, unbuilt). Also included are blueprints and photographs of the Penfield houses I and II (1953- ) in Willoughby, Ohio. Two original Wright letters are part of the John Knox Shear Collection.

Select Bibliography: 

Cleary, Richard Louis. "Edgar J. Kaufmann, Frank Lloyd Wright and the 'Pittsburgh Point Park Coney Island in Automobile Scale'." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (June 1993): 139-158. Cleary, Richard. Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. Pittsburgh: Heinz Architectural Center, 1999. Hoffman, Donald. Frank LLoyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000. Menocal, Narciso G., editor. Fallingwater and Pittsburgh (Wright studies, vol. 2). Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.