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Xanadu Gallery is housed in San Francisco's only Frank Lloyd Wright building. This building is one of seventeen Frank Lloyd Wright structures that are considered by the American Institute of Architects to be Contributions to American Culture. Originally the V.C. Morris Gift Store, the building was designed in 1948 and incorporates into its interior Wright’s now legendary spiral ramp theme, a precursor to and “trial run” for the Guggenheim Museum. The street entrance is an updated Romanesque arch, which according to Wright beckons the passerby in rather than vulgarly displaying its merchandise on the sidewalk. The brickwork itself, a rare enough sight in San Francisco architecture (primarily because of earthquakes), is beautifully laid and draws attention quietly rather than competing with the surrounding street. A line of translucent panels with a raised geometric motif that is classic Wright lights the outside wall (as well as above the built-in cabinets inside). The arch gives way to a glass tunnel atrium, then on to the spiraling interior.

I have been walking by this building ever since I was a child but only recently discovered that it was designed by Wright. I'd never been inside until this shooting - such a revelation! It was stunning [interior photo(s) to follow].

Technical: Rotated and skewed to straighten, cropped, contrast and sharpening applied.

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Additional Photos by Jackie Larson (jassy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 134 W: 17 N: 308] (1065)
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