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Article/video: Taliesin West Board Room restored

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:15 pm
by DavidC

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:03 am
by Tom
Wow
Never seen inside this room before.
Seems like it's yet another one of his iconic spaces.

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:31 am
by SDR
Hmm---canvas used as wallpaper, to replicate---what, exactly ? The life of a restoration architect is never an easy one, surely . . .

Interesting to read of the effort to retain some of the rough-hewn quality of T West, at this late date. Very good. Nothing said about Olgivanna's (?) dusty salmon paint ?

S

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:07 am
by Roderick Grant
I have been in that room only once, many years ago. It is almost unrecognizable from what I remember. Terrific restoration of one of the best rooms in the camp ... along with the Hogan and Office. When it came to designing small, intimate spaces, no one could touch Mr. Wright.

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:29 pm
by SDR
Lovely. Tricky work at the chimney. The text states that the glass originally intersected the masonry and that this detail has been replicated with the polycarbonate; I'd love to see a photo . . .

S

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:30 pm
by Tom
Note how in the shots facing the fireplace the wall on the right is masonry to the ceiling.
Yet in the embedded video that wall has a slice of mirror installed.
I liked the effect in the video.
But wonder if and where Wright ever did something like that with mirror?

... and you know that room gets HOT.

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:18 pm
by Rood
Tom wrote:Note how in the shots facing the fireplace the wall on the right is masonry to the ceiling.
Yet in the embedded video that wall has a slice of mirror installed.
I liked the effect in the video.
But wonder if and where Wright ever did something like that with mirror?

... and you know that room gets HOT.
Originally, and for a time, that (dining) space had no roof at all. The door opening to the prow was added much later, too.

PS: The mirrors were added when Wes and the second Svetlana enclosed the terrace outside what were two very small rooms.

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:53 pm
by Tom
Rood: by "no roof at all" do you mean that the roof was open - no glass?
Or do you mean it literally and that the space was only concrete walls?

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:26 pm
by Rood
Tom wrote:Rood: by "no roof at all" do you mean that the roof was open - no glass?
Or do you mean it literally and that the space was only concrete walls?
Somewhere is an early photo of Mr. Wright and the Fellowship having lunch in the room ... which is completely open to the sky. It must be assumed the photo was taken after the walls were completed, but before the roof was constructed.