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by Roderick Grant
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:14 am
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Topic: Wikipedia and Wright
Replies: 2
Views: 22

Re: Wikipedia and Wright

* SDR, I have never heard there was any doubt that FLW wrote his own books. Are you suggesting he had a ghost writer? * In her autobiography, Elizabeth Wright Heller, FLW's older half-sister, wrote that Anna Lloyd-Jones was a housekeeper in the Wright household while William's first wife was alive, ...
by Roderick Grant
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:43 pm
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Topic: 1962 documentary about FLW
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: 1962 documentary about FLW

Howe was still there, but Hill had left for New York in 1953, not to return to Taliesin until 1963, so I missed him until years later when I visited T-West a few times. I knew of Hill's work through HB, but wouldn't have known him if I had met him. Nor Howe, for that matter. I was not introduced to ...
by Roderick Grant
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:28 pm
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Topic: For Sale: John Randall McDonald - Brookfield, Wisconsin
Replies: 3
Views: 107

Re: For Sale: John Randall McDonald - Brookfield, Wisconsin

I agree, the marble on the fireplace does not work. Otherwise, it is a wonderful house.
by Roderick Grant
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:21 pm
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Topic: 1962 documentary about FLW
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: 1962 documentary about FLW

Doesn't everyone have a tuxedo or 3? The last time I wore one was at Taliesin for a Fellows event in 1995. Eventually I gave my last surviving tux to Out of the Closet. The principal reason I didn't stay at Taliesin is the same as JimM's: Frank was gone, why else would I want to be there? I went to ...
by Roderick Grant
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:43 am
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Topic: 1962 documentary about FLW
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Views: 297

Re: 1962 documentary about FLW

SDR, when I went to Taliesin to apply for entry, I was interviewed by Olga. She sat enthroned in the loggia on an origami chair, a lamb skin thrown over it, her minions fluttering about, fixing her hair. I sat on a stool below her about 2 feet away. I have excellent hearing, I can hear things only d...
by Roderick Grant
Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:28 pm
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Topic: Richard Smith House, Jefferson, WI
Replies: 86
Views: 65259

Re: Richard Smith House, Jefferson, WI

For appropriate prairie architecture, my great-great-grandparents got it right: They built a sod house, dirt on the floor, walls of dirt, and who-knows-what for the roof in their treeless Minnesota farmland. They didn't even have glass for their apertures. It could be argued that nothing else is as ...
by Roderick Grant
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:55 pm
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Topic: Guggenheim museum
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Views: 203

Re: Guggenheim museum

When I lived in NYC, I often went to Guggenheim in all seasons. The interior was always perfectly comfortable, so however the heat and A/C were delivered, it was efficient. There is a large element that is perfectly vertical, not ramped, that contains elevators, stairs and such. That would be the ob...
by Roderick Grant
Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:46 pm
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Topic: Blair Kamin takes a buyout
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Blair Kamin takes a buyout

We could use him in LA.
by Roderick Grant
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:30 pm
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Topic: Wright buildings in their present built environments
Replies: 18
Views: 6817

Re: Wright buildings in their present built environments

Although it is not indicated, the top of the corridor that extended beyond the eave would have to have been either roofed solid or screened. Otherwise there would be no point in screening the walls. Since the rafters extend considerably beyond the outer wall, I suspect that the 'roofing' was screeni...
by Roderick Grant
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:20 pm
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Topic: Richard Smith House, Jefferson, WI
Replies: 86
Views: 65259

Re: Richard Smith House, Jefferson, WI

The North American Continent rose from out of the ocean first in southern Minnesota, then in the surrounding territory, including Wisconsin. The land is the oldest on the continent. Underneath a layer of soil is a shelf of solid granite, not too deeply hidden, but flat as a pancake from millions of ...
by Roderick Grant
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:32 am
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Topic: Wright buildings in their present built environments
Replies: 18
Views: 6817

Re: Wright buildings in their present built environments

WS Carr, along with Vosburgh and the ASBH Cottage, show how FLW's small houses were as entrancing as the grand ones, even early on, before Goetsch-Winkler.
by Roderick Grant
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:12 pm
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Topic: Should there be a new social media closed group for Wright?
Replies: 86
Views: 3454

Re: Should there be a new social media closed group for Wright?

Need it be pointed out, Peter, that it was you who led the subject of this thread into the quagmire?
by Roderick Grant
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:10 pm
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Topic: A digression ... but still in the arts.
Replies: 3
Views: 73

A digression ... but still in the arts.

I'm not big on "Best Ten ..." lists. Usually, if asked about the 10 greatest entertainers, past or present, I just say, "All ten votes go to Ethel Waters," and have done with it. But recently I have been reminded of 2 great actors whom I haven't seen for a long time. One is little-known, because of ...
by Roderick Grant
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:27 pm
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Topic: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished
Replies: 8
Views: 429

Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

No, it isn't.