Wright at the Museum: The Francis W. Little House Drawings & Records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, February 17
12:00pm (Noon) CST

Sponsored by Rotary Historic Preservation Fellowship. 

As Avery Librarian Talbot Hamlin once said, architectural drawings have a “permanence that actual buildings do not always achieve.” In 1972, with the Francis W. and Mary Little House in Wayzata, MN, facing demolition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquired the property. It sold several interiors to other museums but preserved and installed the Living Room in its own building. The Met has recently expanded its collection of related materials including drawings and correspondence from the Little family. What can these documents reveal about this important but lost Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece?

About the Speaker:

Dr. Horatio Joyce
is the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s a specialist in nineteenth-century American architecture, with a particular focus on the development of the architectural profession and the design process behind buildings.

Tickets and registration:
Advance registration is required. Admission is $10 for the general public; $5 for Friend-level members of the Conservancy; and free for Associate-level members and above. If you are not a Conservancy member and would like to learn more about member benefits, including discounts on this and other events, click here.

How this event works:
Registration will close at 11:30am CST on the day of the lecture, shortly after which all registered attendees will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the event. To ensure the best possible experience, please install and test Zoom in advance on the device on which you intend to view the lecture, if you have not used it before.

If you have questions or require registration assistance, please email

Photo above: Little Second House, Hallway Reconstruction

Posted on February 5, 2021

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