V. C. Morris Gift Shop by Frank Lloyd Wright
Tucked away on the quiet Maiden Lane in the center of high fashion Mecca of Downtown San Francisco is FLW’s original V. C. Morris Gift Shop from 1948. Re-purposed for a dapper Menswear showroom, the actual building features organic circular motifs of timeless charm. From the inside you are encapsulated in the eye of a circular walkway. You’ll recognize the design when you take note of Wright’s floor plan for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In fact, the San Francisco structure was used in practice as a prototype for the New York structure to be erected a decade later.
I can’t help but to think of the waxing and waning moons in our night sky. The passage of time, exposure to the dark side of the moon, representation of the Tao, possibly, serves the wide array of purposes of the building. Everything is infinite. The harmony of purpose and design sing on. Long live Lloyd Wright.
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