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HOOVER SPIED ON ARCHITECT WRIGHT

Frank Lloyd Wright, America's revered architect, was suspected by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover of operating a "religious cult" in the 1950s at Taliesin West, Wright's Scottsdale, Ariz., training center for architects.

Wright's disciples conducted "dances to the moon" and regularly were brainwashed by a baldheaded Russian-born mystic, Georgi Gurdjieff, at the center in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Hoover wrote in a 1954 memo.

The memo, obtained by the Arizona Republic through the federal Freedom of Information Act, is part of a 5-inch-thick FBI file that contains other memos from Hoover telling other agencies that the FBI was aware of the architect's spicy love life and alleged communist and German sympathies. It also details the FBI's 1943 investigation of Wright for purported sedition in connection with his alleged efforts to urge 26 followers to dodge the draft during World War II.

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