Avery Library remembers Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (1930-2017)

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, architectural historian and Frank Lloyd Wright archivist, passed away December 31, 2017 at the age of 87.

A widely recognized expert on Wright, Pfeiffer authored more than 50 publications on Wright’s life and architecture. He was an apprentice to Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship from 1949 to 1956, and then studied architecture at the École Nationale Superiéure de Beaux Arts. From the time of Wright’s death in 1959 through 2012, he served as director of the Wright archives, curating and organizing the vast and incomparable visual and textual legacy of Wright’s life and works.

We, together with the community of Wright scholars and admirers, are thankful for Bruce’s lifelong dedication and his contributions to architectural history and Wright scholarship.

In 2012, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archive was jointly acquired by the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library at Columbia and The Museum of Modern Art. As joint stewards, Avery and MoMA honor Pfeiffer’s archival stewardship with the Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer lecture series.

Additional notices:

The Chicago Tribune

AZ Central

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on Facebook



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