Tafel, Edgar A.

Tafel, Edgar A.

(1912–2011)
American architect who began his career as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. and worked on several of Wright’s most notable projects, including Fallingwater, Wingspread, and the Johnson Wax Headquarters. One of his best known works as a solo practitioner is the Mellin Macnab Building for the First Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tafel’s design combined Prairie School influences with the Gothic style of the sanctuary. Other designs included the Protestant Chapel at Kennedy International Airport; St. John’s in the Village Episcopal Church in Greenwich Village (1974); the 1964 master plan for the campus of the State University of New York at Geneseo, and the North Wing expansion to the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Tafel wrote Apprentice to Genius: Years with Frank Lloyd Wright (1979), About Wright: An Album of Recollections by Those Who Knew Frank Lloyd Wright (1993), and The Frank Lloyd Wright Way, a film that won first prize at the 1995 Houston International Film Festival.
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