Metropolitan Washington DC-based Sloans & Kenyon Auctioneers and Appraisers is delighted to present at auction a complete set of eight architectural renderings depicting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Key Project for Ellis Island, New York (1959). The drawings by Wright in association with Taliesin Associated Architects are one of the highlights of Sloans & Kenyon’s Sixth Annual Auction of Americana and More…scheduled for November 14, 2010.
Key Project was Wright’s visionary solution to urban living and proposed apartment complexes, theaters, shopping, and other amenities in a car-free suburban environment designed for Manhattan commuters.
Never realized, Key Project was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last projects before his death in 1959.
Sloans & Kenyon President Stephanie A. Kenyon ASA comments that “Key Project for Ellis Island, a testament to American ingenuity and an important contribution to the history of American architecture, is thoroughly Wrightian—a culmination of the architect's career-long interest in the potential of utopian design. It’s as forward-thinking today as when first conceived, and remains an imaginative solution to city and suburban planning.”
Wright’s Key Project renderings will be sold to benefit The Douglas Rice Doudt for Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization providing assistance to the terminally ill and their families. Additional information is available at http://www.dougswishforhope.com/, the foundation’s website.
Auction lots in the November 12th, 13th & 14th auction can be viewed in person at Sloans & Kenyon’s Chevy Chase gallery during the six-day exhibition, November 6th through 11th, or by appointment. A fully-illustrated auction catalogue will be available after November 1st. Multiple-view online images of auction lots, detailed images, and alternate views of auction lots can be viewed at www.sloansandkenyon.com/search.htm beginning October 25th.