Frank Lloyd Wright gas station exhibition to open June 12In 1932, architect Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled his visionary plan for the perfect American town. On June 12, 2008, the Carlton County Historical Society will unveil an exhibition dedicated to Wright's creation of the R.W. Lindholm service station, and the town – Cloquet – that made part of his vision a reality.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
In 1932, architect Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled his visionary plan for the perfect American town. On June 12, 2008, the Carlton County Historical Society will unveil an exhibition dedicated to Wright's creation of the R.W. Lindholm service station, and the town – Cloquet – that made part of his vision a reality.
The “Broadacre City” Wright dreamed of was never built in its entirety but a crucial aspect of that plan was carried out in Cloquet – the gas station, according to Anne Dugan, Carlton County Historical Society Director.
Located just two doors down from the station itself, the Carlton County Historical Society will host an exhibit called, “Frank Lloyd Wright in Cloquet,” that will bring together Wright’s architectural drawings for the station as well as his residential structures planned for Cloquet. It will include advertisements and press from the time of the station’s opening and slides of its construction.
"We will have framed prints on the walls and exhibition stations, some of which will be interactive," Dugan explained.
There will be a reading station with books by and about Wright and a slide show using an old-fashioned projector where people can see the construction of the station.
Framed Wright drawings and blueprints will be displayed as well as a poster he designed to promote his unique building.
Most of the Wright exhibition materials are on loan from the McKinney/Lindholm family, of Cloquet, who owns the station and commissioned Wright to design a home as well as the station.
The exhibit will also look at popular culture and the community of Cloquet in the 1950s and how the station fit into the landscape of the town at that time.
The station has been part of other exhibitions – it was featured last fall in an exhibit called "Frank Lloyd Wright for Everyman," at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
"This is the first exhibit devoted solely to Wright’s service station creation," Dugan said.
The opening reception will take place from 5-8 p.m. on June 12 at the Carlton County Historical Society, located at 406 Cloquet Avenue. Refreshments, including "funky '50s appetizers" will be served. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 11.
This event is one of several this summer marking the 50th anniversary of the Wright-designed gas station. The station was added to The U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
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