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An American Proceeding: Building the Grant House with Frank Lloyd Wright

Donna Grant Reilly

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Paperback. 196 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.9in. x 0.7in.In June 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright paid a surprise visit to the Grant house, under construction near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This was Wrights first visit to the site, and he was worried about the house because, unlike most of Wrights clients, Doug Grant was building it himself, serving as his own general contractor and doing his own electrical work and carpentry. He and his wife, Jackie, quarried all of the stone for the house from their own quarry on the property, and both took an active part in the construction. Upon his return to Taliesin, Wright told the assembled group of architects and apprentices that he was extremely pleased by what he had seen. He delivered a long tribute to Grant, calling the act of building ones own house an American proceeding. The books foreword, contributed by the Wright Foundations Director of Archives, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, calls the Grant house, among some of the finest and most inspired that Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781584659785

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In June 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright paid a surprise visit to the Grant house, under construction near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This was Wright’s first visit to the site, and he was worried about the house because, unlike most of Wright’s clients, Doug Grant was building it himself, serving as his own general contractor and doing his own electrical work and carpentry. He and his wife, Jackie, quarried all of the stone for the house from their own quarry on the property, and both took an active part in the construction. Upon his return to Taliesin, Wright told the assembled group of architects and apprentices that he was extremely pleased by what he had seen. He delivered a long tribute to Grant, calling the act of building one’s own house “an American proceeding.” The book’s foreword, contributed by the Wright Foundation's Director of Archives, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, calls the Grant house, “among some of the finest and most inspired that Frank Lloyd Wright ever designed.”

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 An American Proceeding, is a book about my parents, Douglas and Jackie Grant, and their Frank Lloyd Wright house.  They belonged to an elite group of Wright clients who built their own houses from the ground up. But, as far as I know, none of the others left a written account of what it was like to embark upon this ambitious project, so we will probably never know how the experience affected their lives.  Because I was present at the beginning of my parents' adventure in 1946, and for all the years that it took to see it through to the end, it seemed important that I try to write it down before it faded from everyone's memory.
  Doug and Jackie Grant took on a truly formidable task when they set out to build one of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest designs. There is no question that it changed their lives in ways they could never have imagined at the outset, and one has to wonder if they had any idea of what they were taking on at the time they made the decision to do nearly everything themselves.  They were remarkable people and they accomplished a feat that most people would never have contemplated.  How many young couples would do the same today?  It's a wonderful story and I want to share it with as many people as I can.

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