Original Drawing of the Blumberg Residence A: Original drawing of the Usonian Automatic concrete block Blumberg Residence. Detail of the original drawing of the Usonian Automatic concrete block Blumberg Residence. Living Room is on the right. Detail of the original drawing of the Blumberg Residence. Designed with 1' x 2' and 2' x 2' blocks. Glass is embedded in the Living Room blocks.
Living Room is designed with glass embedded in 1' x 2' and 2' x 2' blocks. Corner blocks have mitered glass corners. Planter is designed into the front Terrace. Frank Lloyd Wright's signature and date within the red square. Detail of the Blumberg Residence floor plan. Floor plan copyright Douglas M. Response to Mel Blumberg, inviting him to Spring Green. Signed by Eugene Masselink. You are right although the word "overtaxed" has a more than normally unpleasant ring we are en route Wisconsin and Mr.
Wright will be there after May 15th. You are welcome to come to see him if a mutually convenient time can be arranged. You could telephone us there at Spring Green Letter dated September 20th, Response to Mel Blumberg, " On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope with postmarked Madison, Wis. Mel Blumberg, Clinton, Iowa. We were happy to hear your enthusiastic reaction to your sketches - yours and Mrs. We shall expect to see you here on the afternoon of October 1st - unless anything unforeseen arises in which case I shall contact you at once.
On account for Preliminary Sketches according to terms above: Letter dated October 4th, Response to Mel Blumberg, After visiting Wright and grasping the size and cost, the declined to proceed with the home. Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright. On Taliesin Letterhead, includes envelope postmarked Madison, Wis. I guess I am to blame. I remember telling you that the only thing we could do for you was the "one room" so-called Usonian Automatic which we can show you if you come to see it.
Grant Wood and Mel Blumberg If you ask the average person on the street who Frank Lloyd Wright is they would probably know he was an architect, but may not be able to name one of his works.
If you ask the same average person who Grant Wood was they probably would look at you with a blank stare. But show them American Gothic and their eyes would light up with recognition. Grant Wood , was born in Anamosa, Iowa, but lived primarily in Cedar Rapids from until From to , Wood lived in Chicago. Wood left the studio at 5 Turner Alley in upon receiving a teaching position at the University of Iowa and moved to Iowa City. Newspapers across the country carried the story, and the painting of a farm couple posed before a white house brought the artist instant fame.
The Iowa native, then in his late 30s, was enchanted by a cottage he had seen in the small southern Iowa town of Eldon.
He asked his dentist and his sister Nan to pose as a farmer and his unmarried daughter. American Gothic remains one of the most famous paintings in the history of American art and has become part of American popular culture. So, what is Grant Wood's connection with Mel Blumberg? One year after painting American Gothic he painted the Plaid Sweater.
The boy in the "plaid sweater" is Melvin Blumberg of Clinton, Iowa, whose mother, commissioned Wood to paint her son in his favorite clothing, the red and tan argyle sweater and padded football pants with braided belt. Mel was about 11 or 12 at the time. Most mothers would have insisted that their children dress up in their best outfits for formal portraits.
Mel however, was allowed to wear his football clothes. In with the coordination of Edwin B. Oil Painting on Masonite.