February 19, 2016
Architecture Visual arts

Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs seem very clean now, but at the time, Wright was a controversial personality and his work was as much hated as respected. That’s what Mike Wallace wanted to talk about during this interview aired in September 1957 when the architect was 90 years old.

Mike Wallace: Somebody said that the museum out here on Fifth Avenue [the Guggenheim] looked like a washing machine.
Frank Lloyd Wright: That’s one of my buildings. But I’ve heard a lot of that type of reaction and I’ve always discounted it as worthless and I think it is. I think that any man who really has faith in himself will be dubbed arrogant by his fellows. I think that’s what happened to me.
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We uncovered the recording at the archives of the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Executive Producer David Gerlach
Animator Jennifer Yoo
Series Producer Amy Drozdowska
Assistant Producer Jessie Wright-Mendoza
Prelude No. 17 (Chris Zabriskie) / CC BY 4.0
Remedy for Melancholy (Kai Engel) / CC BY 4.0
Sunset (Kai Engel) / CC BY 4.0
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Library of Congress
Historic American Buildings Survey