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by jmcnally
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:04 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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With that money they could tear down the whole unfortunate thing -- keeping the shell of the swimming structure, maybe ? -- and build a proper house . . . maybe a replica of Edsel's place, for those who don't have time to drive to the real thing ? I have to say it's odd to find that Wrightians are ...
by jmcnally
Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:44 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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The project just got an infusion of $10 million from the Ford Foundation, bringing the house to $24 million of their $25 million goal.
by jmcnally
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:55 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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Here's a link to a photo essay in the Detroit News. I think you will see there is not an inch of prairie styling inside.
http://www.detroitnews.com/picture-gall ... /30823301/
by jmcnally
Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:21 pm
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Topic: Dana-Thomas photos
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So golden.

After we toured Robie a couple weeks ago, my daughter said that Dana-Thomas is still her favorite. It clearly left a great impression on her.
by jmcnally
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:00 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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Edsel's estate has been handled better. Henry had Jens Jensen landscaping (as did Edsel), so it was undoubtedly a real beauty when the Fords were still alive. What you see today is a construction project in progress. Eleanor (Edsel's widow) continued to live at the Gaukler Point house until the 1970...
by jmcnally
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:41 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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The gable ends seem to be the only survivors of MMG's contribution. The plan is nothing like the one she drew ... with a hefty assist from Walter. I'm inclined to agree, but when I was inside for an event years ago I wasn't paying attention to details, so I don't know if there may be elements we ha...
by jmcnally
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:23 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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From what I was told by a docent (should we believe them?) Mrs. Ford was the primary proponent for the Cotswold-ization of the estate They may have read too much into her involvement. She definitely had control over the interior and the furnishings; she had even designed the interior of an earlier ...
by jmcnally
Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:08 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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Battlements would have been key to what Henry Ford really wanted, which is why his hiring of FLW was baffling. When you consider their opposing views of tradition and morality (Ford had an entire office of men who dropped in to employees' homes to make sure they were living a moral lifestyle), you c...
by jmcnally
Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:43 pm
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Topic: Fare Lane
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It's Fair Lane

I have always felt that Griffin's touch can still be seen in certain horizontal elements that are clearly not part of the Cotswold design (sorry for the large size)

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by jmcnally
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:16 am
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Topic: Wright possibly wrong?
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Prof. Storrer chronicles numerous instances when Wright got his own client's name wrong!
by jmcnally
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:51 pm
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Topic: Midland Michigan Midcentury Modern Jackson Hallett
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I didn't know which one was downstairs. The one you say is Wright-inspired is a typical MCM fireplace to me, and is similar to those in several Dow designs. Some are shown in the pictures here: http://www.ncmodernist.org/dow.htm As for the one with the double opening, it reminds me of many I have se...
by jmcnally
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:31 pm
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Topic: Midland Michigan Midcentury Modern Jackson Hallett
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They could be. Red trim, red walls, and yellow walls are consistent with Dow.

Does the fireplace seem unconventional to you?
by jmcnally
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:57 pm
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Topic: Midland Michigan Midcentury Modern Jackson Hallett
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Dow's work uses bright splashes of color; I would expect his followers (particularly in Midland) to include that feature as well
by jmcnally
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:23 pm
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Topic: Unity Temple set to reopen following two-year restoration
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re-opening date pushed back to July, no date certain
by jmcnally
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:52 pm
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Topic: Floor Grilles in a Usonian House
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Hm. I've seen nicely-made oak registers like that at my lumber dealer -- surface-mount rather than flush-mount, unfortunately. Today, laser-cut or (more likely) CNC-drilled floor planks could have small round holes, less likely to accept dropped objects ? SDR I you are concerned about dropped objec...