Monday, August 27, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright's Gas Station

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N. learned so much about Frank Lloyd Wright in second grade when Tim read him Wright's fascinating Autobiography and for weeks N. pored over huge library books full of gorgeous photos of his drawings and buildings.  So to follow up, this summer we stopped by one of his more obscure works: the R.W. Lindholm Service Station in Cloquet, MN.  Lloyd Wright built it in 1958 based on plans he'd developed in the 1930s (when he had little work) for a futuristic community called Broadacre City.

One of the things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to cultivate very long learning trajectories.  We can circle back to topics we've studied before to build and amplify and reinforce what N. (and we along with him!) has learned.  Seeing this station reminded N. about the quasi-suburban Broadacre City aspect of Lloyd Wright's vision;  we also talked about the functions of gas stations in American culture and why it seems surprising for an architect to design a gas station.  Where will Frank Lloyd Wright take us next?


Momand Kiddo said...

Well this is interesting. A Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station. Who knew?

Fanny Harville said...

And located in a tiny little town!

Alice@Supratentorial said...

I’ve actually been to this gas station! My husband is an architect and we went on a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of the Midwest before we were married, then years later we happened to be close enough to this town to stop by and see the gas station. One of the advantages to being married to an architect is all of the buildings we end up going to see in places I would never look.

Megan D. Neal said...

"One of the things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity to cultivate very long learning trajectories."
I love how you put that!
I had no idea he'd designed a gas station!

Emily said...

I never knew there was a FLW gas station in Cloquet! I wish I had read this before our trip North so we could have visited it.