Architect John Howe mastered organic design

Taliesin
Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green, Wis.
Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Tourism

A new book about renowned architect John Howe explores what Howe called his two lifetimes in architecture.

The first lifetime began right after high school in 1932, when he was awarded one the first Taliesin Fellowships and the opportunity to work alongside Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over the next 27 years, Howe became Wright's chief draftsman and the head of Taliesin studio.

The second lifetime began after Wright's death when Howe moved to the Twin Cities and started his own architectural firm.

The mostly residential buildings Howe designed were known for how well they fit into their natural environment.

Jane King Hession is the co-author of "John Howe, Architect: From Taliesen Apprentice to Master of Organic Design." She spoke with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer about Howe and her book.

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