Tuesday, March 21, 2006

bad feng shui


Mrs. Cheney
Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.
And of course we've all heard the story: Frank Lloyd Wright's dear Mrs. Cheney was killed along with her children at Taliesin, their beloved home in Spring Green, Wisconsin, one day when he was away.

A couple who worked for the family locked the doors while they were dining, doused the perimeter with gasoline, and set them all ablaze. Wright was devastated by the loss and, as I understand it, insisted on burying Mamah Cheney alone, on his own -- or nearly so.

It's hard to imagine the imperious Wright digging the grave with his own hands -- but maybe he did. To see her simple stone huddled against this elder tree made me believe in the possibility that a man not much given to manual labor might put his shoulder to the blade in an effort to quiet the rage and the ache.

2 comments:

patrick said...

I hadn't heard that story until a couple of weeks ago when I visited Spring Green for the first time...such a sad tale! Hope you don't mind me blog-crashing, I followed your link on your Flickr site.

suttonhoo said...

crash away, patrick -- the more the merrier.

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