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I have been a long time reader, but this is my first time posting. My name is Richard Levin, and my parents were Robert and Rae Levin, the builders of the Levin House in Parkwyn Village, Kalamazoo, MI. The family moved into the home when I was just a few months old, and the family moved out when I was eighteen. Not only am I knowledgeable about the home I grew up in, I also am knowledgeable regarding the other homes in Parkwyn, and somewhat knowledgeable about those at The Acres in Galesburg, MI.
If there are questions about the formation of Parkwyn Village and life there from 1950 through 1968 I will do my best to answer them.
In 1968 the family moved to Cincinnati, OH, and we moved into a home built by Ben Dunbar, and the family lived in that home for eighteen years. Here is my first question for the Wright chat: does anyone know if my parents are the only original owners of a Wright home who also lived in a home built by one of the Wright apprentices? Thank you in advance for any responses.
My first question is, can you post images of the Dunbar house?
What do you know about the Winn House and Winn family? Levin McCartney and Brown are all well-known, but there are some mysteries about Winn.
What can you tell us about the Jack Howe addition to your parents' house?
https://www.curbed.com/2017/8/2/1607537 ... cincinnati
If I can assist in posting images, please don't hesitate to ask. I have assembled the illustrations and texts relating to the Robert Levin residence as published in the Storrer Companion and in the relevant ADA EDITA Monograph and Taschen Wright volumes.
One subject of interest is the iron-pipe trellis which adorned the living-room terrace at one time. We had a previous discussion here of the house and that element; because our Search function is currently compromised I am unable to locate the thread . . .
I will try to post some pictures of the Dunbar house over the next few days. The home was in the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming, where several Dunbar houses were located. By the way, along with my wife, I owned and ran a housecleaning service in Cincinnati, and we had the privilege to clean many of the Dunbar homes, including Ben Dunbar's hexagon house. We also cleaned Wright's Tonkin House, which is currently undergoing renovation.
To answer your question about original owners and apprentices, I know Alma Goetsch and Katherine Winckler moved from their Wright house to a design by former Wright apprentice E. Fay Jones.
Let's start with the descriptions of the property, as published in the major sources:
1993, W A Storrer, "FLW Companion"
1988, B B Pfeiffer, Monograph 7
2009, Taschen "FLW 1943-1959"
Ã‚Â© 1959, Balthazar Korab
color images except as noted, Ã‚Â© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
monotone photos Ã‚Â© 1993 by William Allin Storrer
drawings Ã‚Â© 1988 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
plan Ã‚Â© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
plan Ã‚Â© 1993 W A Storrer
Take a look at the dining chair that appears on the colored plan sheet:
I've shown two manipulations of a close-up photo. Besides the view labels, I think I can read "Open" at the chair base -- those slots -- and "All 5/8" plywood", and "Cushions by others." I guess those are stick legs at the front ?
The other notes seem to refer to the upholstery, which has the front and rear hanging flaps Wright added to some of these chairs, presumably as cushion tenders, keeping the upholstery in place.
those slots - definitely open
Hard to tell exactly how the roof planes transition along the entry axis
but looks as if he's doin some razzle dazzle.
The large section shows the some of this but how does the clerestory meet the sloped roof ... or does it?
Sorta surprised the Masterbedroom and bath have no window into the entry space. ...Feels a little like Affleck here.
The shed roof dies into the kitchen roof and, two units further on, the lower roof. It's more visible on the elevations; the cross-section (with kitchen roof and stair) avoids showing it.
These are 12 x 16 blocks, three to a unit in plan. There's the same lavender-buff hue we've seen in other Parkwyn photos, I think. Must be a trick of the light, or some color contrast that leaves that impression. Maybe the blue-gray of concrete granules or patches in the warm-colored blocks ? I wonder if it ever looks like that in person.
Since you posted I've been wondering if you have a memory of spending more time in any particular space in the house than another?
Did you have one or two favorite spots?
Did you have a least favorite spot?
Were there temprature issues during the seasonal extremes?
Recurring technical issues?