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Donvale - a final pilgrimage
In the main part of our story,
we told of how we met Alistair Knox. He always spoke of, and
was greatly influenced by, the noted American architect, Frank
Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright needs no introduction; one of
his principles was organic architecture, whereby the home is
one with the environment; Alistair used the same concept, and
called it environmental design. So, during the construction of
our home, we came to know more of Frank Lloyd Wright through
Alistair, to the extent that we have become FLW disciples.
What is described below is a
kind of closing of the loop by way of a pilgrimage, in honour
of Alistair, to the home of his role model Frank Lloyd Wright.
In 2003, we were among that happy bunch of Harley Davidson owners
who rode from all corners of the globe to celebrate the 100th
Birthday of that American Icon Company. We shipped our bike to
San Francisco, and rode across the summer plains, mountains and
valleys to Milwaukee, Wisconson (via the Annual Rally at Sturgis).
As Spring Green was very close
to our destination, it was imperative that we visit Taliesyn,
Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio. Our travel plans had us
arriving there a couple of days after my birthday, but good weather
and luck had us there on my birthday, making the occasion even
more special. Firstly, we went to the Vistiors' Centre where
we had lunch, and booked a three-hour guided tour. As we approached
Taliesyn, I had very strong feelings that Alistair was there
Then, when we entered the place,
I have to say the hair stood up on the back of my neck, and I
felt as if time had warped back over twenty years to being in
one of Alistair's homes the feeling was overwhelmingly
eerie. I felt as if I had built a home heavily influenced by
Frank Lloyd Wright, via the medium of Alistair Knox. Now, whenever
I show photos of Taliesyn to friends, I get goosebumps again
as I vividly recall those strong emotions; more like a SNAG than
Cathy at Taliesyn, outside Frank
Lloyd Wright's daughter's quarters.
Jim at Taliesyn Visitors' Centre,
having lunch on his birthday, 2003.
There must be something about
those leadlights that mysteriously inspired Cathy with her leadlight
windows for Donvale.
& Cathy Duff