In the 1960s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy continued with much gusto by his architectural firm Taliesin Associates. San Francisco commissioned the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts (CPA), which features Gaudi type curves on the building as well as a water fountain serving an organic component to enhance the urban landscape and give a feel of nature in the city.
In the late 50s, Frank Lloyd Wright had a design in mind for an opera house that he envisioned in Baghdad, Iraq. Arizona State University president Grady Gammage, who was was friends with Wright, coincidentally called him around the same time and asked Wright to consider a design for a performing arts center on the ASU campus. Wright agreed to visit the university in Tempe, AZ, take a tour of the campus, and see what he could come up with.
To his amazement and relief, Frank Lloyd Wright declared that the university was the perfect site for the opera house he had imagined in Baghdad. Grady and Wright were thrilled at this fortunate moment of synchronicity.
Wright spent the last years of his life preparing the sketches for the Performing Arts Center. William Welsey Peters from his firm made sure the building was completed to Wright’s specifications after his passing in 1959. Coincidentally, Grady Gammage passed in 1959 as well. Neither one of the men were alive for the grand completion of the building.
And last but not least, the Paul Masson Champagne Cellars in Saratoga, CA. Why yes, that is a fountain with a spiraling ramp that is flowing champagne! The image is by Ansel Adams and was quite the famous postcard in the 1960s. Paul Masson’s legendary quote states “Good Wine Makes Good Friends.”
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