Romanza – The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Romanza – The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Romanza_DVD_case-for-printIn 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a summer home for George and Emily Stewart in Montecito, California, Wright’s first California commission, and his only prairie school building in the state. Thus began a 50 year relationship between Wright and the Golden State, a relationship that would last until Wright’s death in 1959…and even beyond.

Wright designed more than 80 projects for California, and saw more than 25 built. The buildings were both grand and modest, public and private, and came from each major era of Wright’s 7-decade-long career.“Romanza”, the third Frank Lloyd Wright documentary from Writer/Producer/Director Michael Miner, is the story of that relationship.

With unprecedented access to every California Wright building, “Romanza” journeys all over the state, from the Los Angeles textile block houses famous for their appearances in dozens of Hollywood films, to Wright’s only San Francisco commission, a building which he designed as a “glass of champagne”, from the cinder block homes of the San Joaquin valley, to the “Ship’s prow” home on the beach of Carmel bay, from Wright’s contentious relationship with oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, to perhaps the most charming of all Frank Lloyd Wright stories, the design for a doghouse in response to a 12-year-old’s letter. We visit all 25 buildings, including the 3 California “legacy” projects, built long after Wright’s death. Also included is substantial material on Wright’s unbuilt California work, some of the most fantastically imaginative structures he ever designed.

California. Although he was more prolific elsewhere, in no other place did Wright better demonstrate his passion for the beauty, the magic, and the wonder, of the art form that is

The Wright designed structures featured in this film:

  • George Stewart House, Montecito
  • Aline Barnsdall House, Los Angeles
  • Alice Millard House, Pasadena
  • William Storrer House, Hollywood
  • Samuel Freeman House, Hollywood
  • Charles Ennis House, Los Feliz
  • Paul Hanna House, Palo Alto
  • Bazett/Frank House, Hillsborough
  • Arthur Mathews House, Atherton
  • George Sturges House, Brentwood
  • Arch Oboler Compound, Malibu
  • Maynard Buehler House, Orinda
  • Mrs. Clinton Walker House, Carmel
  • V.C. Morris Gift Shop, San Francisco
  • Robert Berger House, San Anselmo
  • Wilbur Pearce House, Bradbury
  • Randall Fawcett House, Los Banos
  • Robert Walton House, Modesto
  • Stewart Ablin House, Bakersfield
  • Nina Anderton Shops, Beverly Hills
  • Kundert Clinic, San Louis Obispo
  • Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael
  • Pilgrim Church, Redding
  • Charles Feldman House, Berkeley
  • Nakoma Clubhouse, Clio
NTSC • STEREO • 88 minutes