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Marion Mahony Griffin's star turn



One of my favorite things that happened on the Web last year was the Art Institute's online publication of The Magic of America, a long manuscript on architecture, city planning, anthroposophy, and many, many other topics, by Frank Lloyd Wright's draftswoman, Marion Mahony Griffin. The elegant, noticeably Eastern style of Wright's drafts is straight from the pen of Mahony Griffin.

Now the New York Times has picked up on her story, which Sarah Downey covered for the Reader in 2005. Also worth a read: Downey's profile of Mahony Griffin's husband, Prairie School architect Walter Burley Griffith, and his plan for Canberra, and her piece on the Wynant House in Gary, Indiana, a rare example of Wright's mass-production houses. Lynn Becker has also written about Marion Mahony Griffin.