Henry Whiting describes himself as having lived with Frank Lloyd Wright his entire life. He was born in a hospital and raised in a house designed by a charter member of Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, Alden B. Dow. Dow also happened to be Whiting’s great uncle as well as his mentor. As a young man Whiting moved to Idaho to help with the design and drawings for his parent’s new house in Sun Valley, built by architect Neil Morrison Wright. (An iconic house in the valley—built with poured cement and perched on the hill across from Dollar Mtn.) After further immersing himself in the Frank Lloyd’s Wright’s aesthetic and philosophy, Whiting commissioned a contemporary protégé of Wright’s, architect Bart Prince, to design a house at the mouth of Greenhorn Gulch. Today Whiting lives in Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Idaho building, the Archie Teater studio in Bliss which he has comprehensively restored over the last 35 years. An expert in Wright’s vision of the harmonious relation of architecture to landscape, Whiting’s lecture will focus on his history with these three buildings.
Henry Whiting has a degree in landscape architecture from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of two books on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Teater’s Knoll.
Presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts