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🧡✨ Design by #franklloydwright .
In 1957, Frank Lloyd Wright drafted initial designs for a Baghdad opera house for King Faisal in Iraq. The following year, King Faisal was assassinated, ending Wright’s commission. Wright decided to repurpose his plans for a theater he was commissioned to design for ASU by President Grady Gammage.
Neither Wright nor Gammage lived to see the project break ground in 1962. The iconic auditorium was completed two years later, and in the preface of the program from the dedication ceremony, ASU’s new President G. Homer Durham wrote, “This auditorium should challenge the best thought and activity in our departments… No matter how complicated modern society becomes, how jaded or sated its peoples or how distraught with tension, we should never overlook the fact that great art, great music, great literature and drama have a sense of purity, dignity, simplicity of line, thought and feeling toward which, like the ocean, all streams finally return, no matter through what deserts or obscure wilderness they have previously flowed.”
Today, ASU’s Gammage Auditorium is the only public building in Arizona that was designed by Wright.