9. Many of Wright’s Ideas for the Function of the Building Were Deemed Too Ambitious

Photograph by David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Wright included a number of special features in his plans for the museum building. They included a tower next to the museum that would house artists’ studios and residences, an automatic vacuum system in the lobby so that the visitors would not track dirt on the museum’s floors, and a smaller rotunda to be used as residences for Guggenheim and Rebay. The tower and the vacuums were not financially feasible in the end, and though the smaller rotunda was built, Guggenheim’s death and Rebay’s resignation from the board of the directors prompted the museum to turn the space into storage.