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I will likely go with Copeland furniture for the Davenport House. Thus far I am impressed by the quality that I see in their literature. The stained, dark oak is an excellent match to the original stained wood in the Davenport House. Another advantage is the price point which is in the reasonable zone. I am looking forward to seeing the furniture in person.
I suggest drive bys of the Lykes House and the David Wright House. Both are observable without invading anyone's privacy and they are great houses. The First Christian Church is worth a look, and my wife and I were graciously given a tour by a church employee. The Price winter home is not easily seen from the road, unless you glimpse it as you drive by.
The highlight for me was sitting outside at the Biltmore, enjoying a martini and cigar and just taking in the architecture. What an amazing building, even if Wright was not the principal architect.
Boomer (just north of Adelman) was mostly hidden by foliage as of 1998 when I last saw it. By prior arrangement, I was given a brief tour of the Boomer house. It was in good condition. A unique Wright house, rustic, yet crisp, VERY small, yet spacious.
Across the street and just a little north from the Boomer house is a house by either Bruder or Williams/Tsien (I wish I could recall, it was in the mags in the mid-90's) that bridges a wash and recedes into the landscape. Great house.
Grady Gammage Auditorium
First Christian Church
Pfeiffer House - on the grounds of Taliesin West. - I was able to participate in a tour of his house by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer a few years back (part of a larger tour of Taliesin West where BBF joined in). Not sure if this is still done at all, though.
Places to drive-by:
Pauson (chimney ruins)
The explanation is that Boomer had up for sale a parcel of land but refused to sell it to the Benjamin Adleman family because they were Jews. Wright approached Boomer on behalf of Aldeman and challenged her for her obstinacy. After some negotiations, they struck a deal: she would sell to his Jewish clients on condition that she could select any recent, un-executed design of Wright's and have it built for her as her own residence.
The house Boomer selected had been originally designed for a sloping, seaside site in Carmel, CA, I think, and Mr. Wright agreed to adapt it for situation on another lot Boomer owned, next door to what thereafter became the Adlemans' property.
I have always wanted to see the interior of the maids room tucked under the roof. It must be too tiny to be photographed, or to be occupied by a normal-sized person. The chauffeur's room, as well. Boomer is one of the most tightly organized houses FLW ever produced.
Phoenix / Biltmore Hotel 11.18.06. I was impressed by the quality of the Copeland Furniture. I went to Forsey's, a Phoenix furniture showroom and authorized dealer. They had the full Copeland line except for the Heurtley Lounge Chair and the small dining room table. The workmanship and quality of the quarter sliced white oak and cherry, and the finish were all excellent. The mediocre photographs in the literature and on the web site do not accurately reflect the quality of the furniture and finish system. The barrel chairs were larger in scale than the Cassina Barrel Chairs, which I have. The larger size of the Copeland Barrel Chairs creates a stunning chair that is both beautiful and surprisingly comfortable. This iteration is much better than the Cassina product. This chair wil do extremely well in the residential and commercial marketplace. The fidelity, workmanship, wood, and finish system across all Copeland products were excellent. Minor criticisms. In my humble opinion the cushions are too thick and fluffy. Thinner and denser foam would maintain fidelity to the original and be comfortable at the same time. The nightstand with two drawers is too big for most FLW bedrooms. It is 40" wide. The Coonley nested end tables are spectacular and will also make well scaled nightstands. Forsey's had the showroom tricked out with the help of Talisien West, with premo FLW licensed products and reproduction drawings. They had a $7,000 Yamigawa lamp displayed with two barrel chairs and a Robie tabouret next to the unsupervised front door. Fortunately the bad guys aren't FLW buffs. All things considered Copeland has done a great job and has the FLW line at an attractive price point. I admire their clever strategy of positioning the line in the mainstream marketplace in direct competition with the craftsman lines of Stickley and Warren Hile. This makes this high quality furniture more affordable to us FLW enthusiasts.Doug LaBrecque wrote:Paul, I am eager to hear what you think about the Copeland furniture. I am considering buying 3 barrel chairs. I really am most concerned with the finish. I spoke to someone there, and they are planning on making Origami chairs and other Usonian era furniture by next year. I do hope the price point can stay reasonable. Hope all is well with you, and I do hope to return the visit at some point.