Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory is considered the largest workplace disaster in New York City history until September 11, 2001. Over 140 garment workers die. The Fire Marshal concludes that the cause of the fire is a burning match or cigarette tossed into a scrap bin. The fire department is not able to reach the top floors with ladders to rescue the workers who are locked in the factory. Most of the factory workers die when they jump from the 9th and 10th floors.

After the fire, legislation is passed to improve safety standards in factories and tall buildings.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Horsedrawn fire engines rushing to Triangle Shirtwaist Factory
Bodies from Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Hillside photo of Taliesin East by K. Murphy

Taliesin East

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered an influential American architect. An architectural prophet and educator Wright creates Taliesin East in Wyoming Valley, Wisconsin as a residence and educational center promoting his design aesthetics. Construction begins in 1911. Wright continues to alter and rebuilt the 593-acre campus until his death in 1959.

Wright seeks universal meaning in his building designs by establishing the organic link between a building and its location. Taliesin East is an early example of this aesthetic philosophy. Using rough stone, unfinished timbers and locally quarried granite, Wright attempts to melt the Taliesin complex into the natural surroundings. Spread across the rolling landscape, Wright adapts and expands the Prairie House style to include space for classes and assembly rooms.