V. C. Morris Gift Shop

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The V. C. Morris Gift Shop is located at 140 Maiden Lane in downtown San Francisco, California, USA, and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948. The store was used by Wright as a physical prototype, or proof of concept for the circular ramp at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

All of the built-in furniture is constructed out of black walnut, is original to the renovation, and was designed by Manuel Sandoval, who apprenticed and worked with Frank Lloyd Wright.

Present day[edit]

Xanadu Gallery, which closed in August 2015, spent a significant sum to restore the building to Wright's vision. It indicated that while retrofitting the building for current amenities (such as air conditioning) was difficult, there have been no roof leaks. The building was reported sold to a "high-end designer fashion boutique" as of July 2015 by the SaveWright conservation organisation.[1]

The V.C. Morris Gift Shop was listed in 2007 at number 126 on the American Institute of Architects' list of the 150 favorite buildings in America.[2]


  1. ^ http://www.savewright.org/index.php?t=news_focus&story_id=145
  2. ^ "America's Favorite Architecture". American Institute of Architects. 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 

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Coordinates: 37°47′18″N 122°24′21″W / 37.788315°N 122.405889°W / 37.788315; -122.405889

See also[edit]

Ling Po