Stone World

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BUILDING IS COMPLETED AFTER NEARLY 80 YEARS...

May 30, 2002
Frank Lloyd Wright's, "Nakoma," which was conceived in 1924 when he was commissioned to design a clubhouse for the Nakoma Country Club in Madison, WI, was finally constructed as the centerpiece of Taliesin Architects-inspired Gold Mountain community and the Dragon golf course located 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe.

The project uses rough-faced stone inside and out, including a horizontal "stacked" pattern that was found in much of Wright's stonework. Wright's clubhouse design was offered to Gold Mountain development by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, overseers of Wright's works, in 1995. The 22,000-square-foot clubhouse is Wright's homage to the American Indian, as each spire on the clubhouse is reminiscent of a wigwam and the series of spires is reminiscent of an Indian encampment. The Wisconsin State Journal called the Wright clubhouse "the most unique building of its kind in America." Two of Wright's former students, Arnold Roy and John Rattenbury, were very involved in the project and the specification of all materials and furnishings.

A full-length feature on "Nokma" will appear in a future issue of Stone World.