Frank Lloyd Wrong

by , under Fiction Prompts, Friday Fictioneers

“We hired you because of your vision, James,” said the senior partner.  “We gave you an opportunity here. You knew the importance of this project to the firm.”

“And this is what you bring us,” said the junior partner. “This…I don’t know what to call it.”

The drawing lay unrolled on the conference table between them. James could see the angry red pencil marks, circles and x’s.

James wanted to tell them about Frank Lloyd Wright’s cherished vision, the mile-high Chicago tower.

He wanted to tell them about the dream he’d had. But he said nothing.

They wouldn’t understand.


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  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Josh

    The title made me choke and nearly spew my coffee. Visionaries are so often misunderstood, aren’t they? So much said in so few words. Well done.



    • J Hardy Carroll

      That said, Wright was known for leaky roofs and cracked foundations. They had good reasons to not trust his idea of a mile-high building, I think. ;-)

  2. Sandra

    There’s something so very scary about really tall buildings. I can’t even begin to contemplate a mile high building. Nicely done.

  3. James

    I like style and art but there’s something to be said for structural engineering and stability. After all, who’s going to pay for San-Francisco’s tilting, sinking Millennium Tower?

  4. Lynn Love

    Kind of gorgeous, that design, and kind of terrifying too! What might have been, eh? Nicely written slice of history Josh

  5. Alicia Jamtaas

    He wanted to tell them about the dream he’d had. But he said nothing. How many dreams die this way? Your really captured disappointment and hope in this piece.

  6. michael1148humphris

    Dreams sometimes are just ahead of there time. Liked your take on the prompt photo

  7. JS Brand

    Short but powerful (the story not the building).
    Here’s hoping James went on to have a thriving practice in the Middle/Far East where money and aspirations mean the sky really is the limit.


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