Larkin Building - Frank Lloyd Wright

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Tue, 2006-03-14 09:48

Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building of 1905 was revolutionary. The first atrium office building -- indeed, the first atrium building of any type -- air-conditioned, fire-proof, a veritable 'cathedral of industry.'

The Larkin building was completely revolutionary for the time. Most obviously it was one of the first buildings to use a form of air conditioning that was integral to its design. The main pillars would circulate air through them and treat them with a water mist to cool and cleans the air as it flowed into the rest of the building...

The building was designed with both elevators and stairways. Its open center section was lit with large plate glass windows and a large skylight...

The Larkin building was demolished in 1950. Only one of the wall pillars still stands. The building was removed and replaced with a parking lot.

Watch a brief clip here from the Ken Burns's biopic of Wright discussing the Larkin Building.

LINKS: Larkin Building - Ken Burns's 'Frank Lloyd Wright' documentary

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I have the honor of having a

Jason Quintana's picture

I have the honor of having a Frank Lloyd Wright building within close walking distance of my home. The Grady Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Wonderful venue to attend a concert. Great acoustics. 

It is a crime that this Larkin building no longer exists.



A Song Comes to Mind

Prima Donna's picture

"They pave paradise and put up a parking lot."

I can't believe they demolished this.

Air Conditioning

eg's picture

The "air conditioning" as described is actually a form of evaporative cooling and not true air conditioning as now understood which uses a compressor.



Peter Cresswell's picture

Hmmm. That picture layout didn't really work, did it? :-/

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