The Americans are starting to discover who Marion Mahoney Griffin was. About time. This New York Times article reveals to its readership how to pronounce “Mahoney” before attributing a good chunk of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early fame to her renderings.
The NYT also lets on that the Art Institute of Chicago has recently placed all of Mahoney’s hefty manuscripts online. She had never been able to get them published. It makes for fascinating browsing – I found a plan of Port Stephens, the “Future New York of Australia”, while the NYT noted that she didn’t think much of FLW – she calls him a “cancer sore” who “originated very little but spent most of his time claiming everything and swiping everything.”
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