The House is a Heart: Why Historic Homes Matter

Taliesin West, Andrew Pielage

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Arizona Humanities
1242 N. Central Avenue – Phoenix, AZ 85004
Free and light refreshments included!

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House museums and historic structures are often overlooked as core cultural institutions in their communities—instead playing secondary roles to major museums and larger institutions. Yet, these structures tell us much about the life of a community, through the lives of the people who built the community, who shaped its growth, or who made it rich with culture. Like first-person histories, historic homes give a human dimension to the great forces that shape communities. Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, will discuss the role that historic homes and other historic structures play in our community, using the Ellis-Shackelford House (Phoenix) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale) as examples of how understanding these places—and preserving them—tells us not only our history, but also our future.

Stuart I. Graff, President / CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Growing up in Chicago, Stuart was introduced to Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at a young age, evolving into a lifelong passion for 20th-century architecture and, in particular, Wright’s focus on organic and sustainable architecture that was broadly accessible. Stuart studied engineering at Northwestern, and received his JD from Loyola University, and his MBA from Emory University. After practicing both intellectual property and corporate law for many years, he went on to lead businesses with Newell Rubbermaid and Valspar. In addition to his professional activities, Graff has an extensive history of board leadership, volunteerism, and fundraising for arts and social justice organizations.

Phoenix Magazine article interview with Stuart Graff: