Original Frank Lloyd Wright plans donated to TROY

Posted: Thursday, 10 September 2015

TROY - Troy University has received a set of house plans drawn by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, noted for his "organic architecture" that promoted a harmonious balance between humanity and its environment.

The Usonian home plans, dated in 1959, could be those of the last home designed by the architect before his death April 9, 1959. The plans were donated to the University by alumnus Wade Hall on behalf of the family.

"Our best barometer is found in the success of our alumni," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. "Wade Hall represents what education is about."

Dr. Hawkins said that when the home was built as a retreat for visiting artists, it would be located in Janice Hawkins Park. No timetable was set for its construction.

"I believe it will provide a great focal point for tourism in southeast Alabama," he said.

The home would add to an already under way artistic venue, consisting of the park that features bronze statues from China, an amphitheater, and what will become an art gallery on the Troy Campus.

Frank Lloyd Wright Plans

Troy University was presented with original Usonian house plans drawn by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright by Wade Hall, a Troy University alumnus. Taking part in the brief ceremony are (from left) Senior Vice Chancellor Walter Givhan, Greg Swem, representing donor Wade Hall, Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., and Lenita and Donald Hall, Wade Hall's brother. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)