1937

Mies meets Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin

The meeting between these two great architects, both living legends in their time, was momentous—particularly for the men themselves. Mies had long admired Wright's work and infused his own buildings with Wright's sense of spatial relationships. And although Wright turned away calls from Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, he warmly welcomed Mies to his summer home at Taliesin. The German architect, unlike his peers at the Bauhaus, did not overemphasize functionality, instead tempering usefulness with elegant materials, fluid space, and an original aesthetic. This won the respect of Wright. Mies' afternoon visit to Spring Green, Wisconsin turned into a four day stay, ending with a personal tour of Unity Temple, Coonley House, and Robie House in Illinois.