FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - If you’re a fan of architecture - especially that of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs - a new August event is going to be all right.
Or maybe we should say all Wright.
“All Wright All Day” will be Aug. 15, as a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Rosenbaum family moving into the house designed by the famed architect.
The day begins with a talk by Mark Tlachac, of Florida Southern College, followed by a viewing of the Ken Burns documentary, “Frank Lloyd Wright.”
The celebration ends with “An Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright,” which includes a tour of the Rosenbaum House and a reception with hors d’oeuvres followed by Will Stutts’ one-man show “Frank Lloyd Wright.”
The Rosenbaum House will be open after the event as well for a rare evening viewing.
The talk and film viewing are free.
“An Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright,” however, is $30. Tickets can be purchased at The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence, or by calling 256-760-6379 or 256-718-5050.
The Rosenbaum House is at 601 Riverview Drive in Florence.
Libby Jordan, director of the Rosenbaum House, said Tlachac is a scholar well versed in Wright. He will talk about the Usonian style of the Florence house. It will be 10-11 a.m. at the Richards Education Center, which is next to the house on Riverview Drive.
Several architects from across the South will be attending, as continuing education credits are being offered.
Tlachac said his talk will appeal to both hard-core fans of Wright and those with just a casual interest in the structure.
“My talk is going to focus on Wright’s Usonian style houses, which is the house style in Florence,” he said. “There will be a little bit that kind of explains the style, then launch into photos and stories of some of the houses that were built across the nation from this design.”
Tlachac is director of the Child of the Sun Center at Florida Southern College, which is the largest single-site collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
He said the Rosenbaum house is one of the more well-known Usonian houses.
“It’s one of the few that had a major addition done by Mr. Wright, and it is seamless,” Tlachac said. “It’s classic Usonian style. It’s a little bit larger than a number of them, at least the early ones. It has a wonderful restoration that has been done for it.
“The city of Florence should be very proud of what you saved. It’s an iconic Wright structure.”
Tlachac said he hopes the public finds his talk entertaining.
“While there will be a lot of architects there, it’s a design that appeals to a lot of people,” he said. “Anyone with an interest in art or architecture would enjoy it.
“We’ll try to weave in a lot of stories about Mr. Wright as well. He has an incredible personal life that’s filled with story after story.”
The viewing of the Ken Burns documentary, “Frank Lloyd Wright,” will be at 2 p.m. at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library and is open to the public.
Jordan said Stutts has done his one-man show, “Frank Lloyd Wright,” twice in Florence and each time the performance sold out.
“If you have never seen Will Stutts, he becomes Frank Lloyd Wright - he does this across the country - he becomes Wright to the extent that after the play is over he opens up questions to Wright and he answers them.”
It’s an unusual performance, Jordan said, which changes with every performance.
She added that publicity for the home and events such as this one continue to bring people to the house from all over the world.
“This is a house like none other,” Jordan said. “It’s one of the purest examples of the Usonian design of Mr. Wright and it brings people in from across the world.
“Last year, we had people from all 50 states, and we’ve had people from 36 different countries already this year.”
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