Aficionados of modern architecture know how important California was to Frank Lloyd Wright, and vice versa. He found clients in the Golden State when they were hard to find elsewhere. And Wright gave us such iconic masterpieces as the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles and his final work, the Marin Civic Center.
A new film, Romanza, by Michael Miner, will open the eyes of many to Wright’s important role in California. It plays in the Bay Area one day and one time only—this Sunday, May 6, at 4:15 p.m. at San Rafael’s Rafael Theater, 1118 Fourth Street. The filmmaker will be present to discuss the work.
The 90-minute film focuses on Wright’s California commissions and 25 built projects—from his first, the 1909 Stewart House in Montecito, his only Prairie house in the state, to a dog house in San Anselmo. (It was built alongside a house for the dog’s owners, the Berger family, members of whom will attend the screening.)
“Although he was more prolific elsewhere,” the film’s trailer says of Wright, “in no other place did Wright better demonstrate his passion for the beauty, the magic, and the wonder of the art form that is architecture.”
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