Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Grady Gammage Auditorium
Grady Gammage Auditorium is located on the campus of Arizona State University and is a building well known to anyone who studies architecture. It is a Frank Lloyd Wright design that he originally envisioned to be built in Baghdad, Iraq. It surely wouldn't be standing today if it had been built there. In 1957, the president of ASU, Grady Gammage had a mission to create a distinct university auditorium. He contacted his close friend, architect Frank Lloyd Wright who revised his Baghdad plans to accommodate a perfect spot on the ASU campus. Neither Gammage or Wright lived to see the building built. Both died in 1959. Construction began in 1962 with Grady Gammage, Jr. turning the first shovel. The design was described as having outstretched arms welcoming all to ASU.
The light fixtures I featured yesterday line the flying buttresses on either side of the auditorium. They light the walkways that lead to the upper levels of the auditorium.