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As no elevation drawings of Wright's initial design have been published, the illustrations above will have to serve,
for comparison to Griffin's Rule house elevation. The significant formal differences will be readily apparent . . .
. . . and the illustrations. In this perspective only, the trellis breaks free of the house, standing centered on its twin supports. In the living room, a particularly substantial keyboard instrument lurks near the entrance to the space . . .
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The lack of broad roof overhangs, on the other hand, separates this house from the first-run Wrightians -- doesn't it . . .
As for L-shaped living-dining spaces rotating around the fire, the list in Wright is long; it begins at the Oak Park home, and continues, through the
Sullivan Bungalow, the Blossom, Bagley, Goan, Goodrich and Furbeck residences; the C E Roberts houses of 1996 do, as well. The George Smith
(1896) and Jessie Adams (1900) houses might be prototypical four-squares; they too have L-shaped living-dining spaces but not centered chimneys.
Willits presents an inverted L with center chimney as does its baby offspring, Davenport. Even the Lexington Terrace corner apartment has a truncated
L-shaped plan encompassing the living and dining arrangement -- though of course this and most other pre-1900 plans mentioned here have partitions
with wide openings separating the two functions.
The article was written by a woman from Minnesota, a political activist, not an architectural historian, so it is logical that all she did was report what she was told.* If Mrs. Lamp said 1895, it seems likely that was actually the case. It could be that in the meantime, the original design underwent alterations to account for the end product looking more like a later work than the houses of the '90s. But it does not look like anything FLW was doing by 1904, either. Considering that Lamp's first commission was built in 1893, that he could have been in a position to build the house is not unlikely. I cannot reconcile the house as built with what was going on in the FLW atelier even as early as 1900, much less 1904 (Unity Temple, Martin, Westcott, Gale). If 1895 is correct, it was not WBG who worked on the original scheme, since he didn't start until 1901, but it could have been WBG who worked on it in 1904. So despite Jack Holzhueter's rejection, I still claim the earlier date to be accurate.
* The article also mentioned a restaurant in Oak Park which FLW decorated. Since it no longer exists, some were hesitant to give credence, until proof showed up that it indeed did exist.
The easiest answer to all this is that the lady mis-remembered the date of the house, conflating it (roughly) with the date of her husband's first Wright commission . . . ?
This may be nit-picking, but then, isn't that what we do here?
given for the project. Storrer has Lamp in 1903. Monograph 2 shows a first scheme in 1903 and the built one at 1904, while Taschen I shows only the final
house, and this time dates it to 1903 -- so Pfeiffer and friends were willing to reconsider a project, after as well as before the archive number was selected.
I find nothing from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer in the first volumes of the Monographs or of Taschen about the choice of date for each project; on the last page of the Plate List, Monograph 1, is this note about the file numbers: