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Sondern house hits market -- nothing damaged

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:17 pm
by SDR ... ansas-city

The Wright Society® calls our attention to Curbed coverage of this event. Thanks to all . . .

Could there be more than a half-dozen Usonians with board-and-sunk-batten ceilings ?

The interiors in the photo set appear to be green-biased; either the color balance is off or the house has been treated to an ox-blood stain treatment -- and the decor has been carefully edited. Maybe all three ?


Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:09 am
by DRN
Neat to see the pics...some angles I had not seen before.
For the curious, these photos are of the original portion of the house:
#3 original living room
#4 original living room looking toward masonry "cubes"...the passage to the left of the fireplace was opened by Wright in the later '40's expansion, the wet bar to the right of the fireplace is an enclosed passage which led to the original entry.
#11 original master bedroom as altered/expanded by Wright in the later expansion project.
#13 terrace side of original living room, original bedroom wing is to the would appear the long cantilevered trellis at the tip of the living room wing has been shortened; see plans here: ... f1a54269b4
and photos here: ... ae3e1968e8

More sale pics here with a couple of new views: ... -for-sale/

#5 another angle of the original living room
#10 terrace view of the original bedroom wing exterior

The original Sondern living room looks to my eye as a more nuanced version of the Loren Pope living room...I love it.

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:47 pm
by SDR
© 1986 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (left); © 1993 by William Allin Storrer (right)

Posted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:38 am
by peterm
Sondern-Adler is now for sale August 12th at a live auction with no reserve!

“Seller receives hammer price
Buyer pays agent commission
Live auction held on premises
Limited preview schedule
Winning bidder pays 10% non-refundable down payment to escrow within 24 hours of auction
Buyer pays hammer price plus 10% buyer's premium and closing costs� ... ion-070219

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:36 pm
by peterm
I’ve been told the opening bid is $300,000. Who knows? Someone might get lucky!

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:19 pm
by peterm

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:05 pm
by SDR
Is Heritage Auctions (Dallas, TX) becoming a go-to place for Wrightiana ?

Ironic, if so, that the auction house should have come to our attention this year for its sales of multiple Wright works-on-paper---works whose provenance suggests that they were stolen from Taliesin while Mr Wright was still alive...


Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:25 am
by DavidC

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:14 am
by DavidC

Posted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:34 am
by SDR
Heritage Auctions: "One of the greatest houses of the middle part of his career"...

Right. Puff it good, HA ...


Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:45 pm
by Reidy
A mention on FoxNews, though no photos

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:28 pm
by loo tee
Puff, indeed.

This house was bequeathed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum by a previous owner, Richard Stern. The museum, befuddled as are most museums, couldn't figure out what to do with the bequest, and finally sold it back to Mr Stern's companion.

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:07 pm
by DavidC

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:32 am
by DavidC

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:15 pm
by Roderick Grant
Maybe Warren Buffet has decided to go south for retirement.