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30-31 MAY, 2014

The fifteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America will be held in Mason City, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday, 30-31 May 2014. And what a meeting it is looking to be! Thanks to Bob McCoy’s continued persistent efforts and goodwill, there will be eleven buildings open for touring. This will necessitate two afternoons of tour times—Friday and Saturday—and include a keynote lecture and reception Friday evening and symposium Saturday morning.

The meeting will start late at 11:30 AM on Friday morning at the MASON CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 225 2nd Street SE, Mason City 60401 (641-421- 3668), with a welcome, introduction, and box lunch before the afternoon tours get underway. This timing will allow attendees within driving distance to leave from home early Friday morning. There is ample free parking in front of the library. Those who will already be in town Friday morning can go to the Stockman House Visitors’ Center at 530 1st Street NE (Mason City 50401, 641-423-1923), which has an exhibition space and a nice book store/gift shop, to pick up their registration beginning at 9:00 AM. Registration will close at 11:00 and move to the Mason City Public Library.

TOURS on Friday and Saturday will begin at 1:00 PM and last until 4:30 PM. Half the houses will be open one afternoon and the other half for the second afternoon, with the Blythe and Melson houses open both afternoons. Friday evening events will begin at 5:30 with a reception at the MacNider Museum with a keynote address by Professor James Weirick of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Saturday morning’s session, beginning at 9:00 AM at the public library, will include talks on a wide range of subjects by Richard Mohr, Dan Naegele, Adrienne Kabos, Peggy Bang and Paul Kruty. Lunch on your own will be followed by the second round of walking tours. The meeting ends following the tours, with dinner on your own.

Please download the REGISTRATION FORM. Fill it out, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch, and return it to the Walter Burley Griffin Society’s headquarters.

The cost will be $35 for the Friday/Saturday meeting, reception and tours, $10 for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual dues of $25 to the Society.

Hotel accommodations are available at the following, all of which have offered special conference rates by mentioning the Griffin Society: Quality Inn and Suites, 410 5th St. SW, 866-460-7456 (a half mile from the public library); Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3041 4th St SW, 866-460-7456 (a mile and a half from library); and Country Inn and Suites, 4082 4th St SW, 641-423-1770 (two and a half miles from library). Please contact the hotels directly with your reservations. In addition, a limited number of rooms remain in the Society’s name at Wright on the Park, the restored Park Inn Hotel and City Bank building. Please contact Peter B. Griffin directly at wbgsociety@charter.net for availability. Look for registration information and conference costs in the next newsletter, as well as on the Griffin website WBGriffinSociety.org.

See you in Mason City on May 30-31!

The Walter Burley Griffin Society of America
is proud to announce


The Griffin Society is pleased to make available a limited number of new copies of the ground-breaking book, Two American Architects in India: Walter B. Griffin and Marion M. Griffin, 1935-1937, published in conjunction with the international conference, “The Griffins in Context: American, Australia, India,” held at the University of Illinois in October 1997. Written by Paul Kruty and Paul E. Sprague, the book is a comprehensive examination of the brief but productive period during which the Griffins worked in northern India. Long unavailable and difficult to find, the book is for sale through the Griffin Society for $25, which includes shipping and handling. (A few used copies are currently available on Amazon for up to $98.82 plus shipping.) Copies may be ordered by writing to the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, 1152 Center Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63117.


By Paul Kruty
With a contribution by Paul E. Sprague 

“To create a new public architecture for America, Griffin turned for inspiration to the origins of architecture, on the one hand, and contemporary technology and practice on the other.  His solution resulted in one of the most important statements of contemporary architecture to emerge from the theories of Louis Sullivan and the experiments of the Prairie School.”

Written by Paul Kruty, with an analysis of the landscape plan by Paul E. Sprague, the book is the first monograph on Griffin’s major public building in the United States.  Historian of the Prairie School H. Allen Brooks called the Stinson Library  “a brilliant design and a fitting climax to Griffin’s American career,” while Sullivan/Wright scholar Paul Sprague pronounced it “one of America’s greatest architectural treasures.”  Yet there has never been a detailed examination of this extraordinary monument.

Drawing on the priceless collection of letters and documents surviving at the library, Prof. Kruty recounts the story of the commission, design, construction and reception of the building.  He then sets it in the contexts of Griffin’s career, the public library in America, and the architect’s intention to create a Modern representational public architecture.  Along the way, Kruty provides new details about Griffin’s office staff in 1912-14, the contributions of Marion Mahony Griffin to the design, and the role of the general contractor, Paul F. P. Mueller—the person responsible for the actual construction of more of the great buildings produced by Sullivan and the Prairie School than any other individual, including, in addition to the Stinson Memorial Library, Adler & Sullivan’s Schiller Building and such works by  Frank Lloyd Wright as the Larkin Building, Unity Temple, and Midway Gardens.
Walter Burley Griffin and the Stinson Memorial Library sells for $25, plus p & h, with a 20% discount price for Griffin Society members.  68 pages, with 60 black & white illustrations.  ISBN: 0-9793588-1-7

Published by the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America. 1152 Center Drive,
St. Louis, MO  63117.   info@wbgriffinsociety.org     www.wbgriffinsociety.org

The full list of Society publications can be found here.

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