I was very pleased to see the article by Kenneth Ross (June 16) commemorating Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday and recalling his association with our country's greatest architect. Ross certainly reflected on a great opportunity that was overlooked to the detriment of us all.
I would like to point out certain mistakes in chronology in the text.
Wright was born in 1867, and this year marks his 118th birthday, not his 116th. Wright and Aline Barnsdall first met in Chicago between 1914 and 1915 when she approached him with a commission to design a theater for the new experimental ideas for staging emerging in Europe and the United States. He did several schemes for her before she moved to Los Angeles, and it was only then that she asked him to design a house for her as well.
Her enthusiasm and dreams grew over the years, and it was not until 1920 that she expanded her original concept to include two guest houses, a row of stores with houses above them and a motion picture theater. The Hollyhock House and the two guest houses, the only buildings ever built of Wright's plan, were completed in 1921, not 1920.
Her reasons for abandoning the project were very complex, but probably due more to the fact that she had enlarged her vision beyond her capacity to see it through to completion than to the loss of Richard Ordynski, her director.