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An Edgar Tafel house for sale

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:57 pm
by Paul Ringstrom

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:22 pm
by SDR
Paul previously posted on this house, here:


Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:34 pm
by SDR
The article in Paul's new post is an unusually thorough recounting of the genesis of a house, and its trials up to the present time.

This sentence draws my attention: "Tafel was also instrumental in saving Wright’s house in Minnesota." Did Tafel restore Lovness, Willey, Neils, Olfelt, Bulbulian, Keys, McBean, or Elam ?


Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:21 pm
by Sequoia
SDR , did you consider that he could have been involved in saving parts of the Little house? I don't know that , but might be a reasonable possibility.

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:09 pm
by SDR
Good point, Sequoia. In fact, Tafel devotes the final pages of "Apprentice to Genius" to the house and to his part in salvaging portions of it. He misspells Lovness but can be forgiven, under the circumstances . . .?


Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:39 pm
by SDR
The kitchen ceiling is rather mysterious. There's a rare example of mitered-corner art in a bedroom . . .

The Little living room could hardly "exemplify a Prairie house room," other than as a magnificent exception ?


Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:23 pm
by Roderick Grant
Of all the places for a downspout, the worst possible was chosen. Reminds me of the one at Dana (post restoration), running down the 'prow' stair tower of the gallery, which was eventually removed.

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:11 pm
by SDR
So -- two other options: a rain chain into a basin of gravel, feeding a subsurface drain -- or a gargoyle-sprit shooting the water out along a diagonal from the corner, captured by an elongated receptacle, perhaps in the form of a wedge-shaped opening in the paving ?

Or . . . the owner could forbid it to rain on his property -- I suppose. I wonder what the fine print is on that . . .


Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:41 am
by Roderick Grant
Let the rain fall where it may, and live with the fallout. Houses left out in the rain should not be afraid of showing wear.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:48 pm
by SDR
Right. The only issue of concern is how the ground around the house receives the water . . . and keeps it away from foundations, and cellars if any ?