Author and historian René Silvin will speak via Zoom at Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum on Tuesday, July 5 at 4 pm via Zoom. He will present Frank Lloyd Wright – The Dramatic Life of America’s Most Controversial and Creative Architect. Silvin will use over 200 pictures and videos to give a modern context to Wright’s extraordinary story. The lecture is part of Ventfort Hall’s Summer 2022 series of Tuesday Tea & Talks and will be followed by a tea.
Frank Lloyd Wright has been called the greatest American architect of the first half of the Twentieth Century. During a career that spanned seven decades, his homes transformed the way we live. Wright is the inventor of “organic architecture” and the open plan for family life.
He designed over 1,000 structures including homes, office buildings, churches and museums: most notably Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum of art.
Born in rural Wisconsin in 1867, Wright had a tumultuous personal life punctuated by many professional vicissitudes. He married three times, had eight children, and remained productive and creative until the day he died in 1959 at 91 years old.
Silvin, who resides in Palm Beach, Florida, maintains a particularly active interest in historic preservation. He is the immediate past chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission. He is the author of Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her, the subject of his lecture at Ventfort Hall four years ago. Since then he has presented every year, including last year when he presented “Concorde, technology meets glamour.” Other topics have included “Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner” based on his book of the same title, and the history of Mar-a-Lago. He is also the author of I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools, Walking the Rainbow: An Arc to Triumph and Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach.
Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.