Taylor Woolley photograph collection, 1900-1920

Overview of the Collection

Woolley, Taylor A.
Taylor Woolley photograph collection
1900-1920 (inclusive)
53 photographs
Collection Number
The Taylor Woolley photograph collection contains photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's studio in Fiesole, Italy, photographs of blueprints, and some projects by Wright, made from the microfilm in the Taylor A. Woolley Papers.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Taylor A. Woolley (1884-1965) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 10, 1884, the second child of Taylor Harrar Woolley and Caroline Louise Ahlstrom Woolley. After receiving architectural training in the Salt Lake City firm of Ware and Treganza, Woolley moved to Chicago where he attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Beginning in 1908, he worked in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, and in 1910, Woolley accompanied Wright to Italy where they worked on the " Wasmuth Portfolio," a monograph of Wright's early work. Between 1911 and 1917, Woolley frequently moved between Salt Lake City, Chicago, and New York, working with Wright, Howard Shaw, von Holst and Fyfe, and Grosvenor Atterbury. He married Dorit Evans in Salt Lake City on December 15, 1915. In 1917, Woolley returned to Salt Lake City permanently and entered a partnership with Miles Miller and Clifford Evans. Their firm practiced architecture and landscape architecture which was a new innovation in Salt Lake City at that time. Their early work was in the prairie style reflecting Wright's influence on Woolley's work. In later years, their designs moved more towards historical eclecticism. After the firm of Miller, Woolley, and Evans was dissolved in 1922, Woolley reopened an office with Evans. Woolley planned Highland Park, Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, Memory Grove, and the Utah State Capitol grounds. He also designed the Belvedere Apartments, automobile showrooms along Social Hall Avenue, " This Is The Place" Monument, and several L.D.S. chapels (some of these designs are included in Ms0466). He was elected to the presidency of the Salt Lake Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was appointed State Architect under the administration of Governor Henry H. Blood. Woolley retired from active work in 1950. He had two children, a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Ellen Louise " Blossom." Woolley died on February 2, 1965.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of two parts: Wright's Fiesole, Italy studio and copy prints of blueprints found in the manuscripts collection. The studio prints are arranged in various exterior, interior, courtyard and miscellaneous views. There were three draftsmen for the Wasmuth Portfolio (which was being produced at the time): Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd, Jr. and Taylor Woolley. This building was identified as being the studio where the renderings were transfered from office drawings to the Wasmuth format. The two women and man remain unidentified. These prints were made from nitrate negatives, and copy negatives were made from the prints.

The blueprint copies are an incomplete set of the microfilm located in the Woolley manuscript. Numbers 13-17 deal specifically with Wright's plans for the village of Bitter Root in Montana.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is arranged topically

Acquisition Information

Donated by Barbara Cox in 1999

Processing Note

Processed by Drew Ross in 1994

Separated Materials

Manuscript materials were transferred to the Taylor A. Woolley papers (MS 0452).

Related Materials

See also the Clifford Evans photograph collection (P0002).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Fiesole StudioReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Exterior and Interior Views
  • 1-7: Exterior of Fiesole Studio
  • 8-10: Interior of Fiesole Studio
1 2
  • 1-7: Courtyard
  • 8-13: Unidentified people in courtyard
1 3
Miscellaneous views and buildings
  • 1-12: Various views of exterior of Fiesole Studio and surroundings

II:  General imagesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 4
  • 1-11: Unidentified architectural drawing
  • 12: Hotel Lake Geneva drawing, Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 13: Unidentified architectural drawing
  • 14-17: Bitter Root Valley Irrigation Company, Village of Bitter Root Perspective drawing
  • 18: Unidentified architectural drawing

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Architectural studios--Italy--Fiesole--Photographs
  • Architecture--Designs and plans

Personal Names

  • Wright, Frank Lloyd--1867-1959

Form or Genre Terms

  • Interior views
  • Photographic prints, 1930-1950