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Frank Lloyd Wright Building (aka VC Morris Gift Shop)

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Frank Lloyd Wright is probably the most famous and inventive American architect.  Real architecture folks might not agree, but I don’t really care about their opinions.  His work is known for blending into its surroundings to make the structure look like it occurred naturally.  Although he designed many buildings and houses in California (Palo Alto supposedly has the most), to my knowledge the only one in San Francisco currently houses the store Xanadu.  Apparently FLW was doing this one at the same time he was designing the Guggenheim in NY, so it has a remarkably similar interior to it’s NYC cousin '“ seemingly devoid of right angles and full of curving ramps.  I’d pay SO much money to see Tony Hawk go to town in here.

Originally built as the V.C. Morris Gift Shop, Xanadu sells all sorts of really amazing secular and religious artifacts from all over the world, some of which date back many hundreds of years.  I found this shop by accident one day and didn’t know that it was a Frank Lloyd Wright building until recently.  The building’s interior is an incredible roundish design that can no way be described properly.  If you are in the Union Square area, it is something you must see.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Building (aka VC Morris Gift Shop)
140 Maiden Lane @ Stockton

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website BrokeAssStuart.com is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, Geek.com and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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2 Comments

  1. Admin User
    July 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    nice! had no idea. will visit next time I am in SFO.

  2. GVDB
    September 11, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I’m a real architect. I agree with the first statement regarding Frank Lloyd Wright, and the gift building on Maiden Lane is one of my favorite buildings anywhere, by anyone.