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by Roderick Grant
Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:52 am
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Topic: Kind of OT: Complete list of Goff homes?
Replies: 19
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The Conservancy board got into several Goff structures in the Bartlesville area a few years ago. His work, I must admit, is more interesting in concept than actuality. At least those in that area. The use of odd materials like Woolworth ashtrays and orange-carpetted roofs sounds more intriguing than...
by Roderick Grant
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:06 am
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Topic: Wright's Pets?
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Olga had dogs. I suspect Frank thought of dogs, the way many midwest farmers do, as working barnyard animals. When I met Olga in '62, she had a Weimaraner named Casanova. I don't know if that name had any subliminal relevance.
by Roderick Grant
Tue Nov 07, 2006 7:57 am
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Topic: Home on Antiques Roadshow
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What is interesting about those drawings is that they do not correspond to any published drawings of the 3 schemes submitted to Sutton. It could be a fourth version not in the Taliesin files. From the owner's response to the value of the drawings, I suspect the she rushed out to find a buyer before ...
by Roderick Grant
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:42 am
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Topic: Adler Sullivan Building Destoyed
Replies: 14
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If FLW cannot take credit for Charnley, he has to take the blame for Bulbulian. I think it is quite possible for a design to get through the process "without benefit of clergy" no matter how passionate the architect is about his art, when the office is overwhelmed with work, as Taliesin was in the f...
by Roderick Grant
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:10 am
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Topic: How would FLW vote on Tuesday?
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Something tells me Frank Lloyd Wright never cast a ballot in his life, but were he to vote tomorrow, he would be as flummoxed as every other thinking person. The Republicans seem to be the source of all things bad and incompetent because they're in the majority, but to think that replacing them with...
by Roderick Grant
Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:08 pm
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Topic: Taliesin I picture
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The photograph was taken from behind the chicken coop toward the back side of the tower on top of the hill. At the left side of the tower, near the top, was a dove cote, long gone. Much clearer photos were published in Tom Heinz's newsletter years ago, but the otherworldly quality of this photo is v...
by Roderick Grant
Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:34 am
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Topic: FLW furniture : diabolically bad
Replies: 30
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Wright's score on chair design is mixed. I find his Martin oak barrell chair very comfortable (the cherry repro is a bit underscaled) and the origami chair, as well, as long as you don't have to move them ... they weigh a ton! Some of the three-legged dining chairs seem almost dangerous. A couple of...
by Roderick Grant
Tue Oct 31, 2006 4:10 pm
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Topic: Japan/Wright/John Randal Mcdonald
Replies: 8
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Nice house, but if you think $2,495,000 is pricey (or any of the houses on this site, for that matter), Johnny Carson's Malibu house, designed by Ed Niles, is currently on the market for $42,000,000.
by Roderick Grant
Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:25 am
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Topic: Price Tower Reopened
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JimM, I agree with your assessment of the extension of PT. It has only one positive: it doesn't touch the tower. So in the end it will be the Price Tower with an ugly neighbor. Zaha Hadid is what I call a "smart-ass" architect, like Michael Graves, Frank Gehry and What's-his-name, the one in Chicago...
by Roderick Grant
Fri Oct 20, 2006 7:45 am
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Topic: 2 week FLW roadtrip (IL, WI, MI)
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Before you leave Paris, go to Maison Dalsace on Rue San Guillaume, the 30s masterpiece by Pierre Chareau. I believe it's open for tours.
by Roderick Grant
Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:37 am
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Topic: Exploring Progressive Design Conference
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Getting inside the Price House would be worth the expense. It's wonderful! If, on the other hand, an opportunity to visit the Adelman House conflicts with a trip to Taco Bell, go with the latter.
by Roderick Grant
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:37 am
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Topic: Looking for advice on buying a Usonian Home
Replies: 14
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The seriousness of the threat to the property should be evaluated. If the developer really wants that parking lot, and the homeowner is indifferent, you probably don't stand much of a chance of success. If the developer represents, or is associated with, some well-known corporation, the Conservancy ...
by Roderick Grant
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:14 am
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Topic: I'm back from Penn! See Page two for photos!
Replies: 21
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Terrific photos! Lamberson is one of the houses I would like to see more of. There is practically nothing published about it; it's not even listed in the supposedly complete Monograph series. Too bad no interior shots could be shown. Interiors of Suntop would also be interesting. BTW, each unit is s...
by Roderick Grant
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:50 am
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Topic: Zimmerman House Photos
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The disassembled Exhibition House was supposedly stored for many years in David Henkin's basement. He was the force behind the establishment of Pleasantville. For a substantial amount of money, Monaghan got a few bricks and pieces of plywood, not much more. I suppose whatever remnants he got ended u...
by Roderick Grant
Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:43 am
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Topic: Zimmerman House Photos
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John Geiger was the apprentice in charge of building Zimmerman. It is his intention to document the experience in detail with historic photographs. I am prodding him on in this venture, as well as the history of the Exhibition House on the Guggneheim site and the M. M. Smith House which he also work...