Marion Mahony Griffin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Lifelong Nemesis

More Than A Muse

01-08-2022 • 57 mins

This week,  Stauney brings us up to speed on Marion Mahony Griffin, one of the first female licensed architects in the whole world, and a major pioneer of the prairie school architectural style. She also carried a lifelong grudge against the famous Frank Lloyd Wright after working with him closely for over 15 years. Not only did he steal some of her drawings without attributing her, but he also disparaged the work of her and her later husband and business partner, and continued to take sole credit for the prairie style despite its many contributors. We discuss her childhood, work with the aforementioned Wright, and her later partnership, marriage and fame with her husband Walter Burley Griffin as they designed the capital and many neighborhoods in Australia.

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