- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - Lawrence Technological University in suburban Detroit has received a set of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright monographs.

The school says Monday that Detroit-area engineer and architect Clifford Holforty, who died in July, had an extensive collection of architecture books. His family decided that they should be donated to Michigan schools and libraries in his memory.

While going through the books, the school says Holferty’s son-in-law, Grand Rapids architect Ralph W. Moxley, discovered the Wright monographs. The 12 volumes were protected by individual cardboard boxes and many appeared to have never been opened.

According to Moxley, the architect’s monographs were published in Japan and some of the text is in Japanese. He says in a statement that the family decided that the best place for them was an architecture school in Michigan where they could be used and studied.

Moxley mentioned his find to Lawrence Tech alumnus and adjunct professor Ben Tiseo, who suggested that the monographs be donated to the school. Lawrence Tech owns a Wright-designed home that’s being preserved for academic use and study.

Tiseo says that he was impressed “not just the breadth and depth of the projects … but also the progress sketches and details.”

The monographs will be housed at school’s library at the Buell Management Building. They’ll be available for viewing.

Wright died in 1959. More than one-third of the Wisconsin-born architect’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.




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