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A life well lived.
A slight inaccuracy in the article, Roland Reisley is still alive, well, in his Wright home, and I must confess, mentally more sharp than I am.
“People will go in and ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ about the home and look at little corners,” said Mr. Shavin. “But the point is that you cannot take Mr. Wright apart. There is something about the continuity of Mr. Wright that is like life itself.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Shavin twice. She was very kind and gracious to us strangers who came to see her wonderful home. One thing I distinctly remember her telling us (both times) as soon as she led us into her wonderful living room was to 'Sit down. This is a home and NOT a museum. It was built to be lived in!'
It is one of my favorite Usonians. The Crab Orchard stone and stonework are magnificent. It sits on its site so well, too. And, it has a wonderful, commanding view of the Tennessee River and Valley below. She told us that since the house was sited near the very top of the hill (not typical for Wright) she and her family had a perfect view from the shed-roofed living room to watch the thunderstorms roll in from the west, then move across the valley.
I believe she was 99 years old. She was a wonderful steward of her home and she will be missed. I'm very thankful to have had the chance to have spent some time with her.