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Ladoga Library on the ‘Wright' track

Reproductions of architect’s work on display through end of the month

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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 7:07 am

LADOGA — Visitors to the Ladoga-Clark Township Public Library may have noticed several pieces of history hanging on the library walls over the past several weeks. 

Those pieces are reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and they are on loan to the library through the end of the month. 

Wright is considered one of the 20th century’s greatest architects. 

He also designed furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, silver, linens and graphic arts. 

He designed Samara House, which located in West Lafayette and owned by John E. Christian. The home was built in 1954. 

Librarian Wanda Bennett said the seven pieces on loan at the library are from the Samara House. 

Bennett sort of fell into the opportunity to host the exhibit. While attending an event sponsored by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation at the Samara House last fall she was asked if the library would like to host the display.

“That was the first time I had been there,” she said. “I really enjoyed the day.”

Bennett has had several comments about the renderings since they went on display. 

The display also features several books that focus on Wright’s life and career. It also includes related materials, including Froebel Kindergarten, domestic architecture and landscaping inspired by Wright. The books are available for patrons to check out. 

The library will have a display of miniature furniture reproductions of Samara House in February.

Bennett said having the Wright display is a great opportunity for the library, and it is helping to bring people into the library.

The library will sponsor a trip to the Samara House at 3 p.m. April 29. Those wishing to attend the tour can contact the library at 765-942-2456.

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