Article: Joseph H. Dodson & the Bradley House

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Article: Joseph H. Dodson & the Bradley House

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Whoo Hoo!
Guess who is going to see the Bradley House in Kankakee this Sunday ....?

YOURS TRULY

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strange that there is no mention of Steve Small, the person responsible for removing a large kitchen structure and restoring the rear elevation of the building, as well as removing a cheap motel that was built into Dodson's old manufacturing sheds. Maybe its an episode that the town wants to forget?

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Unfortunately that's the only thing we ever hear about him - his vision for the Bradley House was a great thing. He purchased it from the Restaurant people, who did very little to maintain the building. The roof was restructured and new wooden shingles installed, steel added above the dining room and basement. Exterior walls were cleaned of oil-based and latex paint and restuccoed. Art glass was restored and much more.

His enthusiasm and interest in the house is something that is overshadowed by the tragedy that took his life. I believe his contribution should be recognized in a more formal manner.

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Mr. Small was engaged in his efforts with the Bradley house prior to the founding of the FLWBC. Has the FLWBC ever acknowledged his efforts posthumously, or at least documented them in its records of the house?

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Visiting Bradley was great fun. It's a strong Wright house.
I loved the interior colors despite feeling the house too dark in spots.
Amazing restoration job. Another prime site too.
Tour docent said Wright was an acoustical genius. Never heard that before.
She said music played from the music room was designed to radiate out through the first floor.
Anybody know about this acoustical genius stuff?

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"Music room." That's the living room, to the rest of us ?


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See, it's really hard to think of things to say about a house, once you've got the basics of plan, who built it and when, who lived there, what
the colors were originally. For a lay audience, pretty soon you're digging for anecdotes -- or making them up. As we've (re)learned in the last
year, people will believe just about anything . . .

Maybe the acoustics thing, here, relates to Wright's open plan -- hardly well-developed at Bradley. But there is space flowing at ceiling height
over much of the "public space" of the first floor ?


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The fireplace breast in Futagawa's photo appears to be brick, overlaid with wood trim. Is that what you saw ?

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Here's what I have on the furnishings and glass at the Bradley house. The sources are Hanks's Domino's book and one of Heinz's small volumes.

John Eifler is said by Hanks, c. 1989, to intend to reproduce missing furnishings and glass. I wonder if the living room looks today as it did in the early photo and illustration . . .


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"But there is space flowing at ceiling height over much of the "public space" of the first floor ?"

. . . or, not. The dashed lines in Wright's plan might have indicated beams over openings between rooms, with space flowing above, as suggested by the window treatment. But 1902 is too early for that, I guess.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/498421883730157649/

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Let's look at that plan again:


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and the Pinterest photo. The camera is in the foyer, looking into the reception room at left (now the "music room" ?) and a corner of the living room at right.
There is apparently a large mirror on the blank wall of the reception room, reflecting an image of the foyer windows and glazed front door, out of view to
the left ? At near right is a corner of the stair enclosure.


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Storrer is well worth quoting, as usual:
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one of the more interesting aspects of this house is how Wright described the design 'team" - He specifically mentions Willy Lau (lamps), John Ayers (furniture), Giannini and Hilgart (art glass) as well as the person responsible for the dining table settings, etc. Promoted as a William Morris-like production. Never again.......

On the other hand, William Drummond once said that the office designed the Bradley House on a weekend when Wright was away.

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Tsk. John, can you point us to photos of the interiors with furnishings, taken when you were done ? How much was found missing ?

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never finished -

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