My story:

I am a professor emeritus who taught architectural history at the University of Utah to future architects for 39 years. My interest in Frank Lloyd Wright began while in junior high school in the fifties when my father, who worked in downtown Manhattan, would bring home New York City newspapers with articles on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum. As a newcomer to Salt Lake City, Utah I researched Utah architectural history and taught classes on it. My research in Utah architectural history turned up information on a Utahn who was an apprentice in a Utah firm who was encouraged to head east to Chicago to seek out a job in one of the big Chicago architectural firms. Taylor A. Woolley ended up working for Frank Lloyd Wright in his Oak Park, Illinois studio in 1909. This led to his being invited to join Wright along with Wright’s son Lloyd in Italy to work on the Master’s famous publication the Wasmuth Portfolio. After the portfolio was completed, and sent the the German publisher to be printed Woolley and his future architectural partner Clifford Evans worked for Wright at Taliesin. Woolley and Evans eventually returned to Salt Lake City and opened their office in downtown Salt Lake City. Woolley retired from his successful architectural career in 1950.