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Famous architect’s work highlightes in new documentary

 Historic downtown’s ‘Dosta Playhouse will exhibit director Michael Miner’s documentary “Romanza, The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright” on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Unique to the movie was the discovery of drawings for a dog house.

 Local architect and president of the local American Institute of Architects (AIA) chapter, Dave Kirk, explained the excitement about the documentary.

 “[T]his is the icing on the cake, [Miner] has an actual replica of a doghouse, the only doghouse known, and the smallest structure ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” Kirk said.

 The structure was designed by Wright for 12-year-old Jim Berger.

 The boy wrote Wright in 1956 asking that he design a dog house for his black Lab Retriever, Eddie.

 Wright provided the design drawings to the family, and the father built Eddie’s house in 1963.

 A replica of the doghouse will be on display at the documentary showing.

 “We learned of Michael Miners’ work through the [AIA] and he was recommended to us and we decided to sponsor his film,” Kirk said. “This is actually a series of seven films that Michael plans to complete on Frank Lloyd Wright. He is an expert on all things Frank Lloyd Wright.”

 Proceeds from the film’s showing will go to the AIA Southwest Georgia Scholarship fund.

 “We need the money for our scholarship fund and it’s a very worthy cause,” Kirk said. “It basically helps pay for students in the local area.”

 According to Kirk, this fund will assist students in Valdosta, Albany, Tifton and Southwest Georgia to attend an architecture school in Georgia.

 The movie is the third of seven that Miner has planned to document Wright’s designs. 

 This story emphasizes the 50-year relationship that Wright had with California. 

 With more than 25 of his 80 projects built in California, the buildings ranged from grand to modest and encompassed each major era of Wright’s 7-decade-long career.

 “Now I advise people to come a little early, because we’re also gonna have on display some original drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright,” Kirk said.  

 Miner will be in attendance with a Q&A after the movie.

 Tickets are available at the ‘Dosta Playhouse box-office, and can be purchased the night of the show, or by calling 244-2364 or 415-3286 for reservations. 

 The price for tickets is $15 and $10 for military and students with proper ID.

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