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good question. Wingspread is a Johnson family estate, they have money I suppose, I don't understand why they dont give it maintenance... There is nothing like the beauty of the wood (in good shape of course).
"Brightwork" is the nautical term for clear-finished (as opposed to painted) woodwork. How often does a boat owner re-do the varnish or other coating ?
https://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/ ... Boats.html
When photos of a house show the wood looking like it was just (re)finished---it probably was. It won't look as clear and bright for long. Just for yuks, add up the square footage of the visible exterior woodwork of a typical Usonian. Don't forget those broad roof overhangs; try scraping and painting an overhead surface some time. Then there's all those recessed battens, and the edges of Wright's beloved lapped boards. Remember, Mr Wright first counseled leaving the wood unfinished, and later advised the application of a some oil. He left it to others to decide if and when those water-stained, warped and splitting boards should be replaced---while today's dedicated restorers counsel saving every scrap of "original fabric" if humanly possible.
Pretty ? Certainly. Easy to maintain ? Not so much. Love 'em while you can . . . and a "Hatlo tip of the hat" to those owners who have taken on the task of caring for a Wright-designed home. There are an increasing number of saved and restored Usonians and other houses; each season seems to bring another one (or more) to the party. Bless them all . . .