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Paperback | $28.00 Short | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262631006 | 6 x 9 in | April 1985

Man About Town

Frank Lloyd Wright in New York City


Frank Lloyd Wright often expressed a passionate contempt for America's great cities, reserving a special wrath for New York. And yet, as Herbert Muschamp argues with verve and conviction in this book, Gotham played a vital part in shaping Wright's "second career" galvanizing the architect's energies after the scandal-ridden decades during which he built almost nothing.

Man About Town describes Wright's Broadacre City proposals and includes photographs of his drawings for such major unbuilt New York projects as the Steel Cathedral for a Million People, the St. Mark's Apartment Towers, the Manhattan Sports Pavilion, and the Ellis Island "Key Project," in addition to previously unpublished photographs of "Taliesin the Third."

Herbert Muschamp is currently working on a study of New York architecture by Philip Johnson.


"This startlingly fresh interpretation could dramatically alter our perception of Wright. Muschamp's cultural background is rich, his reasoning compelling, and his argument very persuasive. This is the first completely new approach to Wright in years."
- Robert Twombly

"Full of shrewd observations and insights, as thought-provoking as anything I have read on Wright in many years. I would recommend it warmly to Wright buffs, and anyone interested in the recent history and present predicament of modern architecture."
- Norris Kelly Smith, Design Book Review