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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1956 to 1959   timeline
Building Type art museum
 Construction System concrete
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes S.400. Unique spiral ramping gallery, sculptural massing. Faces across the street to Central Park. Parent institution of the Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry.




Photo, exterior, looking up Fifth Avenue


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Discussion Guggenheim Museum Commentary

"...[Wright's] great swansong, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York, is a gift of pure architecture—or rather of sculpture. It is a continuous spatial helix, a circular ramp that expands as it coils vertiginously around an unobstructed well of space capped by a flat-ribbed glass dome. A seamless construct, the building evoked for Wright 'the quiet unbroken wave.'..."

— Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture, Settings and Rituals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. p740.

The Creator's Words

"Entering into the spirit of this interior, you will discover the best possible atmosphere in which to show fine paintings or listen to music. It is this atmosphere that seems to me most lacking in our art galleries, museums, music halls and theaters."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. "Frank Lloyd Wright", The Architectural Forum, January, 1948, Vol 88 Number 1. p89.


American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1986


1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York

Sources on Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave: Frank Lloyd Wright & the Story of the Guggenheim Museum. Home Vision Entertainment, 1994 or 2002. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 630304798X. — Video - Available at

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. drawings and diagrams, p134-135. — Updated edition available at

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p38. interior photo, p39. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. Available at

Michael Brawne. The New Museum. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1965. Plans, p142. Section, p142.

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1702.060.

Udo Kulterman. Architecture in the 20th Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-00942-9. LC 92-26734. NA680.K7913 1993. drawing of exterior perspective, p109. — Available at

Lawrence A. Martin, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, September 1993. PCD.3235.1012.0545.033. addition to Guggenheim Museum.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior, interior photos, section drawing, plan drawing, p227. — Available at

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. photos, fig 854-856, p 536, 537. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Guggenheim Museum


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