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Earl Parson on "The Role of Ideas in Architecture"

Please join us on Saturday, November 6th for a FRO Supper Talk by Architect Earl Parson:

  • What: FRO Supper Talk by Earl Parson on "The Role of Ideas in Architecture"

  • When: Saturday, November 6, 2009, 3:00 pm Doors Open; 3:15 pm Lecture Begins; 4:45 pm Q&A Begins; 5:30 pm Dinner at Dixon's Downtown Grill. (Note: Dinner is optional and everyone is expected to pay for what they order, plus tax and 20% gratuity which will be automatically added to our bill.)

  • Where: Room 640 (Zenith) in the Tivoli Student Union Building, UC Denver Campus. (That's Building 7 on the campus map. See also the parking map.)

  • Cost: $30 for regular attendees; $15 for students

  • RSVP by November 1st to Please indicate whether you plan to attend the dinner or not.

  • Payment: You may pay at the door via cash or check. To pay in advance, please send a check to: "FROGS Inc." c/o Betty Evans; 1140 US Hwy 287 STE 400-283; Broomfield, CO 80020. You can also use PayPal to send your payment to

About the lecture:

"The events of any given period of history are the result of the thinking of the preceding period." -- Ayn Rand, "For the New Intellectual"

Join architect Earl Parson as he explores the application of this brilliant observation by Ayn Rand, regarding the relationship of ideas to history, to the field of architecture. By examining primary source documents, including writings, drawings, and photographs of existing buildings, we will examine the ideas that emerged in 19th Century architectural thinking which led to, and made possible, the fabulous career of one of the 20th Century's greatest architectural minds: Frank Lloyd Wright.

As a designer, Wright was a superlative genius. As a young man, his creativity was channeled and focused by his close relationship to perhaps the greatest architectural thinker of all time: Louis Sullivan. Sullivan's early theories of modern architecture were themselves heavily influenced by the writings of French architect and theoretician, Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.

This presentation will examine these men, their theories, and their buildings, to discover the link between their ideas and concrete actions in 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Earl Parson is an architect, and an Objectivist, practicing in Los Angeles. You can follow the construction progress of his latest designs at his blog, Creatures of Prometheus.

Cancellation Policy: Because FROST events are costly to organize, if you must cancel your reservation after Monday, November 1, 2010, you may be expected to pay your fee for the event.

Diana Hsieh's Webcast Interview with Earl Parson

On October 24th, Diana Hsieh interviewed architect Earl Parson via webcast. That's now available: NoodleCast #40: Interview with Earl Parson. That page includes the video interview, as well as an audio-only podcast version of the interview and a slideshow of the pictures discussed. Or you can watch the video here:

Sadly, technical troubles interfered with the recording the video feed of Earl from Skype. However, don't despair! You'll see lots of great pictures of Earl's in-progress Tennessee house in the middle of the interview. Also, the sound and video quality from the interview isn't great because Diana had to use to the version recorded as a live webstream.


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FROST (Front Range Objectivist Supper Talks) brings nationally known and respected Objectivist speakers to Denver several times per year for delicious dinners and stimulating lectures on a variety of topics. Anyone is welcome to attend these special events, including people unfamiliar with Objectivism.

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