Frank Lloyd Wright's Wasmuth Portfolio
Building Designs that Shaped Modern Architecture
The Wasmuth Portfolio (1911) was an early influence on modernism and the first publication to introduce the work of Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright to the world. This two-volume folio of 100 lithographs influenced Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Adolf Loos, Marcel Breuer, and Richard Neutra and was integral to the development and pollination of the trans-Atlantic avant-garde.
Published in Berlin by German publisher Ernst Wasmuth with the title Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright, the Wasmuth Portfolio included 100 plans and perspectives of building designs by Wright between 1893 and 1909 as well as a monograph from the groundbreaking architect.
This marked the first time that any of Wright's work was made widely available to the public. Yet the 500 copies that were set aside for American readers were lost in a fire at Wright's grand Wisconsin home, Taliesin, forestalling a full stateside appreciation of his greatness for several years.
While all of the designs in the Wasmuth Portfolio correspond to Wright's plans, roughly half of the visuals are likely based on reworked renderings done by Wright and his assistant Marion Mahony Griffin, who later became an accomplished architect in her own right.
In 1963, Horizon Press in New York City republished the Wasmuth Portfolio as Buildings, Plans and Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.