Exhibition Features Architectural Drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright and Others

Buildings on Paper: Architectural Drawings

June 30 – October 17, 2010

Stanford, California — Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University presents an exhibition of drawings by 19th- and 20th-century architects that reveal the evolution of architectural design. “Buildings on Paper: Architectural Drawings” runs from June 30 to October 17, 2010. The display includes 10 works, by Frank Lloyd Wright, the best known 20th-century American architect, Victor Postolle, a 19th-century French architect, and others, from the Center's collections and the Stanford library.

Like the structures that they define, architectural drawings can be both functional and aesthetic. Postolle's and Wright's works show how drawing styles progressed over the last two centuries: Precise two dimensional elevations and plans were traditional through the late 19th century. Over time, perspectives and landscape imagery were employed to integrate building drawings to their sites on paper.

Additional works on display include a highly detailed view of a store entrance — done by an unknown French designer — and a small drawing of a church by Thomas Henry Wyatt, a productive 19th-century English architect. Stanford's Department of Special Collections and University Archives has a variety of architectural drawings and blueprints related to the campus, with two on loan to the Center for this exhibition. An elevation and a section of the original Stanford library (a building demolished by the 1906 earthquake) were drawn by Clinton Day, an active San Francisco architect who designed and renovated several buildings on campus.

To highlight the architectural diversity on Stanford's campus, the exhibition also presents information about tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hanna House and the Memorial Church, and self-guided tour information about recent building additions and the impact of the 1906 earthquake. The exhibition is made possible by the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Exhibitions Fund.

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Cantor Arts Center is open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 pm and all day on weekends. Information: 650-723-4177, museum.stanford.edu.

PUBLICITY IMAGES: High-resolution images are available for publicity use. Call 650-724-3600 or email mmwhite@stanford.edu

Frank Lloyd Wright,
Project for a House for Victoria Schuck, South Hadley, Mass. (detail), 1956
Colored pencil on wove tracing paper with vellum finish
Gifts of Dr. Victoria Schuck, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 1982.108.3


Unidentified artist
Design for a Store Front,
c. 1800
Pen and watercolor on laid
Robert E. and Mary B. P. Gross Fund, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 1987.4