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Cypress cabinets in Glenbrow workspace

Posted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:22 pm
by Mod mom
Nothing causes one to finish projects like a deadline! We will be hosting a 2 part fundraiser at Glenbrow to benefit Columbus Landmarks Foundation on Oct 1(history and powerpoint of our restoration) and 8th (tour) so we're working on finishing projects.

We only had one small photo of a corner of the original kitchen, having purchased a kitchen with destroyed plastic laminate replacements. Joe designed AND fabricated cypress veneer cabinets with restored cypress trim for handles to match other drawers in the Point Room bathroom.

Here is the 1940s kitchen: ... 444413635/

Here are our first photos:

handles getting mounted: ... 444413635/

cabinetry: ... 444413635/

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:41 pm
by SDR
Bringing this one up as well . . .


Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:47 pm
by Modmom1
Thanks SDR! Thrilled to have Wrightchat back! I was worried that the wealth of information found on this site was lost until I contacted SaveWiright! My old log in didn't work and since I have a new email, had to re-register, hence the 1 after my name and lack of a space.

We've been still working on details at Glenbrow, here is a link to the latest: ... 3635/page7

We've hosted fundraisers (a talk and a tour) for Columbus Landmarks in October that included representatives from the Tony Smith Estate and Ted van Fossen's younger brother and glad to report it sold out quickly and was warmly received. We'll will host another in the spring for the AIA. The house will be featured in a Catalogue Raisonne of Tony Smith's work and Alex Vertikoff will photograph it come the first hints of spring for American Bungalow. If any chatters are interested in a personal tour, please PM me and we will attempt to facilitate it.

I received a trove of letters from the Smith estate and relayed detailed information on the history of the house (for instance, Gunnings originally wanted a french provincial!)those who created it and the response of young Rob and Mary Gunning.

Although not a Wright house, the trio of young designers coming directly from Armstrong created a masterpiece that we love every minute of the day. The changing of the seasons with different light levels and views just isn't captured in photos. We're looking forward to sunset on this beautiful clear day for an eastern view of the Super (Cold) Moon, then meteors on the 12th.

So glad this site is back!

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:07 pm
by SDR
You've accomplished a thrilling restovation, Modmom. The house looks so fine. I'm glad we got to see the project unfold, here.

The hanging cabinet in the bath is sweet. I've forgotten: is it a replica, more or less, of what was there, or is that a fresh (and delightful) invention ?

I've missed the Armstrong reference. Can you fill me in ?


Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:22 pm
by SDR
Speaking of the full moon -- I see you got a photo of one on Oct 5 -- this is what greeted me at 4 AM today:


I like the moonlight bouncing off some solar panels are far right -- among other things !


Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 2:45 pm
by Modmom1
Love the moon shot! The image of the full moon at Glenbrow previously taken was with full foliage so the moon was already high above the horizon. With today's super moon, with the leaves gone, we will see it low as it rises above the horizon. The bright moonbeams cause the skylights to glow and the white stone in our Zen Garden lights up the entire courtyard (our 16 yo dog needs to go out every 2 hours now so I can appreciate the space without turning on the lights).

Just prior to designing/building Glenbrow, Tony Smith (as clerk of the works) and Laurence Cuneo worked on Armstrong and left the Wright apprenticeship when van Fossen received the commission from the Gunnings. BTW I was told by the Smith estate that Tony Smith learned brick laying. Then came to Glenbrow, where our stone was quarried on site, to not only design but lay stone as well.

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:29 pm
by SDR
Oh -- the Armstrong house of Wright. I had forgotten. ... ndiana.htm ... w_remc.jpg

The light-colored soffits and dark wood trim make a handsome contrast -- somewhat reminiscent of streamline moderne work ?


Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:53 pm
by Roderick Grant
Barry Byrne's Franke House is a beauty. Looks unaltered from the front, though it could use some TLC. Wish there were interior photos published.