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I'm curious as to how much (or little) FLW got involved in the landscape designing aspects of any of his projects. From what I've read/heard he preferred not to have any landscape plantings too close to the house, less it disparage his masterpiece. But I am wondering if he ever got his hands dirty (so to speak) on integrating a detailed landscape site design plan with any of the buildings/properties? And if so, what might be some of the better examples?
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The best reference I've seen on the subject is the book 'Wrightscapes'
by Charles & Berdeana Aguar. To sum up, Wright was at 'his' best when a
member of his office, Walter Burley Griffin for example, or a client with
an intense interest in horticulture was involved. It is, of course, more complicated than that hence the 300+ page book.
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FLW did not like foundation planting which was a Victorian idea designed to hide the silly little basement windows at grade. FLW also showed an early preference in the Prairie Houses for a flared base that the house sat on. It made no sense then to hide this wonderful architectural feature. With the more overt abstraction of the Usonian Houses, even in a manicured suburban setting, look better fully exposed without landscaping at the base of exterior wall. In both of those FLW periods did show a fondness for landscaping in planters.
Paul Harding FAIA
Owner and Restoration Architect for FLW's 1901 E. Arthur Davenport House, the First Prairie School House in Chicago | www.harding.com
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Aguar's "Wrightscapes" is clearly the definitive text on this subject, as already noted. It debunks a lot of hooey, finds even more FLlW genius heretofor unappreciated, and all based on solid research and site analysis by a very perceptive landscape architect. Highly recommended!
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And almost nothing grows under roof or balcony ...