Website: West Studio Prairie Architect - Elmhurst, IL

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DavidC
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Website: West Studio Prairie Architect - Elmhurst, IL

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Although it might seem beside the point---if not impertinent---to point to the excess material necessary to construct many if not most of Mr Wright's Prairie-period houses---not the Lake Delavan summer houses, but those in-town residences upon which the legend depends. If Wright pointed to the spareness of the interior trim of these houses ("Whole drawings had to be made to tell the carpenters what to leave off . . ."), it could equally be said that as much trim lumber as on many an Edwardian of the day had to be milled and applied, to extend those roofs and to decorate their broad soffits with multiple parallel runs of molding.

If so, then work like that of West Studio can be said to compare favorably with Wright's work, at least in terms of dimension and quantity of wood necessary to complete them as illustrated. And that leaves aside the near or actual quotation of a Wright precedent:

https://prairiearchitect.files.wordpres ... iew-a1.jpg

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More pertinently, some of the work shown is quite handsome, inside and (especially) out, and much of it is worth a second look. I'm pleased that there are clients who desire this kind of building to live in . . .

S

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