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by loo tee
Fri May 08, 2020 6:04 am
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Topic: Philip Johnson 1957 AIA Speech
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Philip Johnson 1957 AIA Speech

Johnson was a much finer critic than architect, and I find this lecture excellent. It's funny how a man's ostensible profession can become less valuable than his secondary occupation. Think of another example: Thomas Hart Benton was a better writer than painter.
by loo tee
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:10 pm
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Topic: Article: Parker Berry - Louis Sullivan apprentice
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Article: Parker Berry - Louis Sullivan apprentice

Not sure that Parker Berry would have become "one of the greats," but he was quick to pick up on Sullivan's style, like George Elmslie had been. It is interesting that in Berry's time the euphemisms of today--such as "retirement community"-- were not prevalent, thus Berry's incompleted commission in...
by loo tee
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:07 pm
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: Sondern-Adler House

To respond to DRN : Yes, I knew Curtis Besinger for many years. A modest and honorable man. His small house very close by the university where he taught was elegantly arranged with a Japanese folding screen, a Nakashima chair, and such. His taste was as refined as that of the great Japanese tea mast...
by loo tee
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:35 am
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: Sondern-Adler House

Forgot to mention that Kansas City can also boast one of the worst per capita murder rates in the nation. And a public school system that cheats on statistics in order to achieve state accreditation.
by loo tee
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:36 pm
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: Sondern-Adler House

Beg pardon, but Kansas City is a dreadfully segregated place, where the races have been divided for decades by Troost Avenue. The city still is unable to name a street for Dr. King. Kansas City also suffers from an inferiority complex, not without reason. It continually tries to "catch up" with othe...
by loo tee
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:27 am
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: Sondern-Adler House

Not sure I'd want a weekend house in Kansas City. The rich bachelor in Omaha must be thinking, instead, of Fallingwater. A "retreat" in a sprawling city makes no sense. But it's his money.
by loo tee
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:53 pm
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Topic: Video: Drone-view of Florida Southern College
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Someone should have shot down the drone before it displayed this mess of a campus.
It only makes Thomas Jefferson look to be a very great architect.
by loo tee
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:13 pm
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Topic: Article:'7 things you didn't know about the Guggenheim'
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Whatever the slope of the ramp, three things bother me about the Guggenheim: (1) Wright overestimated the intelligence of the public in conceiving a ramp for a relaxed walk down from the top, and the public insists on walking UP the ramp; (2) He didn't foresee how trendy art museums would become, an...
by loo tee
Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:25 am
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Topic: Kalil House, Manchester NH for sale
Replies: 30
Views: 3944

This house seems grossly overpriced, regardless of the neighborhood. Also painfully claustrophobic, as Rod Grant observes. Wright was clearly off-course with his Usonian Automatic theme. I wouldn't live in this house even if it were given to me free. It just goes to show that old men usually don't d...
by loo tee
Tue Aug 13, 2019 4:00 pm
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Speculation in Kansas City is that the buyer, who promises to be a diligent caretaker of the house, will use it as a high-priced Air B&B--unless he already planned to move from Nebraska to Kansas City for business reasons. The neighborhood (Roanoke) is not particularly desirable. Hemingway lived nea...
by loo tee
Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:34 am
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Topic: Sondern-Adler House
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Sondern-Adler House

The Sondern-Adler house in Kansas City, next door to Thomas Hart Benton's house, sold at auction yesterday to an unidentified Nebraska buyer for a bid of $920,000 plus the auction house commission of 10%, making the total price $1,012,000. Hardly a steal.
by loo tee
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:33 am
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Topic: Community Christian Church
Replies: 42
Views: 4898

The original color of the Community Church was pink. After a rainfall, the building looked like it had a skin disease, all splotchy. Eventually, a painting contractor named Jerome Friedson was hired to paint the building white, and he received angry protests from Wright for doing so. The idea of the...
by loo tee
Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:28 pm
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Topic: Sondern house hits market -- nothing damaged
Replies: 15
Views: 3137

Puff, indeed.

This house was bequeathed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum by a previous owner, Richard Stern. The museum, befuddled as are most museums, couldn't figure out what to do with the bequest, and finally sold it back to Mr Stern's companion.
by loo tee
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:49 pm
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Topic: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL
Replies: 24
Views: 2991

Prof. Hitchcock was not the kind of man who would cede editorial control to anyone. He worked with Wright amiably, not realizing that Wright, behind his back, made fun of him and Philip Johnson for being gay. In the Nature of Materials is still the best study of Wright, because Hitchcock had an eye ...
by loo tee
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:33 am
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Topic: For sale: Frank J. Baker House - Wilmette, IL
Replies: 24
Views: 2991

Given the climate in the Chicago area, it looks to me like this house is vastly underserved by radiators and by the measly A/C inserted in the wall of the living room. Also poorly oriented, if the front faces north.