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This 23 page thread documents my research, with the help of so many here at Wright Chat, when restoring the Lamberson workspace with Stafford Norris.
If you have specific questions, let me know. I obsessed over Usonian kitchens for months!
And here is another exhaustive thread on DRN's research and work on his Sweeton workspace:
https://www.savewright.org/wright_chat/ ... =workspace
Is anyone aware of Cherokee red linoleum used originally bt FLW on counter tops and also on the floor of the kitchen in a Usonian house?
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We considered linoleum for our restovation, but our sample looked pretty beat after testing and normal (for us) wear and tear over the course of a month.
In the end, we opted for granite (gasps and shrieks are heard) and are quite pleased with its appearance, utility, and ease of care. If we were to do it again, we might choose soapstone if the graining is not too loud. We recognize our kitchen and bath are not textbook restorations and we are OK with that considering how we live, what we can afford, where the house is, and how it will likely be used in the future: as a middle class house in a middle/middle class neighborhood.
Kudos...the Lewis restoration sounds like a great project... I hope you might be able to share some of your experiences with us.
Lloyd Lewis is quite early, from 1939. I'm fairly confident that the countertops would have been linoleum instead of Formica, even though the material was available already. The safest choice of color would be to match the floors. The cove (assuming the drawings show a backsplash?..) and edge detailing used at Willey work well with linoleum, and would be period correct for Lewis.
Completely original countertops and cabinets from Walter (Cedar Rock) with coved backsplash and wood edge (material does not sit on top of fascia, as at Willey.) Notice the color is more primary here, most likely due to the later date of completion. The top of backsplash is capped with a chrome channel:
Lamberson, 1948, Wright gave the owners the choice of linoleum or Formica, we went with Formica (he specified Surfglo Red) with his edge detailing (laminate rests on top of fascia) and chrome channel cap for backsplash when doing our restoration.
As reported recently in this thread http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=9962 a Lewis drawing in Monograph 5 indicates linoleum for the kitchen counters.
I'm not sure why this topic is being spread out over multiple threads. I too look forward to the renewal of the lovely Lloyd Lewis residence. Futagawa photos published in Monograph 5 and elsewhere merely whet the appetite for more of this unique opus.