COMMENTARY ESSAYS

by John W. Geiger

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

A brief autobiographical introduction by John Geiger of his origins, education, and life experience.

Geiger explains his purposes in creating this web site about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Taliesin Fellowship, and the ideals of organic architectural design.

Geiger examines the origins of his vocation as an architect, from the buildings of his youth in southern Minnesota to his encounter with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, as an evolving awareness of architectural design in the broader context of American values.

EPISODES

Note: These writings were composed by John Geiger with twofold purpose. First, he wanted to explore his understanding of the design principles demonstrated in the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Second, he desired to express a personal perspective in rmemory, analysis, and critique of his life in the Taliesin Fellowship. The drafts evolved through a series of versions during the 1990s and 2000s. His goal was to present three essays with different themes grouped together as what he termed one episode. His intended episodic segments were: 1) the Taliesin Fellowship, 2) geometric principles underlying the architectural designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and 3) a special focus on a specific aspect of organic architecture at Taliesin. Episodes 1 and 2 were completed and published on this web site prior to his death in 2011. At his instruction, other manuscripts found in various stages of preparation but not fully completed are presented here with minimal editing. These posthumously published texts attempt to reconcile multiple versions found as manuscripts in the Geiger archival collection. With the exception of Episode 3, which was largely completed before Geiger passed away, the remaining essays cannot be grouped into the original episode structure for lack of sufficient development. They are presented below the Episodes.

EPISODE 1

EPISODE 2

EPISODE 3

ADDITIONAL WRITINGS

SPECIAL FEATURES

Taliesin Apprentice and architect Robert Beharka was a friend of John Geiger for many years. Geiger wanted to pay respect to Beharka at the time of his death by presenting an essay that first appeared in the Summer, 1997 (Issue 22) of the Journal of the Taliesin Fellows.

John Geiger was interested in the financial aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural practice. His studies led him to conclude that, in great measure, Wright paid the expenses of his studio for several decades through the sale of Asian art, particularly Japanese prints. To explore this thesis and relate financial condition with personal and professional events, Geiger compiled a timeline. This study-in-progress not was not considered by Geiger to be definitive or conclusive, but an accumulation of dates and facts that he thought worth further deliberation by researchers.

In 2009, Geiger expressed the desire to make available on his web site some of the many color photographs he had taken during the 1940s and 1950s while in the Taliesin Fellowship. This gallery offers a selection of those now available in his archival collection.

Acknowledgements

Geiger expresses his personal appreciation to those helpful in creating the "Commentaries in Memoriam" web site as it was published in his lifetime.

 


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