From the Local History Special Collections…

In 1955, former Times-Union reporter William Ringle donated papers and correspondence related to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boynton House here in Rochester to Emma Swift, then a reference librarian in the Local History division. Included in Ringle’s donation was a letter signed by Wright, in which he mistakenly dates the construction of the house to 1898 (it was actually built ten years later), as well as documentation of Ringle’s interviews with Beulah Boynton, daughter of Edward Everett Boynton, who commissioned Wright to design and build the house. During the discussions between Ringle and Beulah Boynton, many heretofore unknown details were revealed about the design and construction of the house that represents the easternmost of Wright’s Prairie houses. To learn more and to view the documents, follow this link: The Boynton House Pathfinder.

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Published in: on August 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. This is absolutely fascinating. Thank you for adding this and allowing it to be available to reserachers outside of Rochester. I grew up being driven by the Boynton House as a child when we were in the neighborhood. Now as a longtime member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, this adds some great new info about Beulah Boynton and her wonderful house.


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