Article: Austin House - Greenville, SC

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SDR
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Post by SDR »

Previous thread on the house, notable for a post by the late George Nichols of Huntington Beach: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3987 ---and copious flickr shots.


Here is what we have from Taschen III (2009) and from W A Storrer's 1993 "FLW Companion."



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photo © 1995 Thomas Heinz

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above © 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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above © 1993 by William Allin Storrer

juankbedoya
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Post by juankbedoya »

SDR wrote:Previous thread on the house, notable for a post by the late George Nichols of Huntington Beach: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3987 ---and copious flickr shots.


Here is what we have from Taschen III (2009) and from W A Storrer's 1993 "FLW Companion."


Holy SDR..!! Thanks.. Amazing amazing..!!

Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Published only twice before - first in an article in House & Home in 1958, then in the Storrer Catalog in 1974 - the Austin House was presented in a video to the attendees at the 1986 conference at Hollyhock House by a South Carolinian whose name escapes me (Johnson or Peterson, a common name). He also brought along a video showing the state of Auldbrass at the time, crumbling from neglect, on the verge of disintegration, on the market.

It was that second video that had ramifications beyond what anyone could have imagined. Ginny Kazor called Joel Silver, who had just finished restoring Storer, to see if he was interested. He was. He agreed to buy the plantation from the county that owned it, on condition that it be made available for visitors. Tom Schmidt, in charge of Fallingwater, and a lawyer, agreed to do all the legal work for the transaction. Joel, attending the conference to give a presentation on the newly restored Storer House, along with Eric Wright, Martin Eli Weil and an interior designer, who had worked on the task, bought the estate for a very small amount ... and the rest is history.

The gentleman from South Carolina initiated a series of events that saved one of FLW's most exceptional works.
Butterfly wings.

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