The (America) House that Mrs. Webb Built

1 Aileen O. Webb, "America House 1940-1971," Craft Horizons, vol. 31, no. 2 (April 1971), p. 11. 2 An untitled magazine was published by the Handcraft Cooperative League in November 1941 and was sent to all the craftsmen associated with the shop. The first issue of Craft Horizons (the title given to it by Maginel Wright Barney, Frank Lloyd Wright's niece) was published in May 1942. In June 1979 Craft Hori­zons was renamed American Craft. The magazine was overseen by the American Craftsmen's Cooperative Council (see n. 4). 3 Harriet Co­hen, "America House: An Appreciation," Craft Horizons, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 11, 57. 4 The Handcraft Cooperative League of America merged with the American Handcraft Council in May 1942 to become the American Craftsmen's Cooperative Council, which, after several re­incarnations, became known as the American Craft Council (ACC) on July 27, 1979. The American Craftsmen's Educational Council and the School for American Craftsmen, which Mrs. Webb founded in 1944, were both affiliated with the organization. 5 Undated letter from the Handcraft Cooperative League of America, courtesy of ACC. 6 Author's interview with Nora Natof, June 23, 2010. Caroé also taught courses on production and marketing at the School for American Craftsmen. 7 Frances Wright Caroé, "Prevailing Winds," Craft Hori­zons, vol. 8, no. 18 (August 1947), p. 68. 8 Aileen O. Webb, "Almost a Century," c. 1977, p. 71, Archives of American Art, Washington, D. C. 9 Campbell was also the president of the ACC and director of the Museum for Contemporary Crafts. This new building was also the ACC headquarters and home for Craft Horizons magazine. 10 "In­terior Design Data: Crafts Store," P/A (February 1961), pp. 154-157. 11 Author's interview with Wendell Castle, June 28, 2010. 12 Oppi Untracht, "Young Americans 1962: Enamels, Glass, Wood, Bronze," Craft Horizons, vol. 22, no. 4 (July/August 1962), pp. 19-20. 13 Au­thor's interview with Castle. 14 Author's interview with Dorsey Read­ing, July 8, 2010. 15 Louise Devenish, "Phillip Lloyd Powell: A Rem­iniscence," at http://1stdibs.com/articles/creators/powell/index.php 16 Ibid. 17 Author's interview with Michael Cohen, June 28, 2010. 18 Aileen O. Webb, "Almost a Century," p. 94. Mrs. Webb had asked her friend Helen Watkins to organize some smaller shows as early as 1945. 19 "The Collector's Room," Outlook: American Craftsmen's Coun­cil Newsletter, vol. 6, no. 8 (December 1965). 20 Harold Brennan, "The School for American Craftsmen," Craft Horizons, vol. 20, no. 3 (May/June 1960), pp. 21-24. 21 Charles Burwell, "The New America House and its Policies" ibid., no. 5 (September/October 1960), pp. 50-51. 22 "America House Closes," Outlook: American Craftsmen's Council Newsletter, vol. 12, no. 1 (February 1971).

 

 

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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