Article: 18 U.S. Icons That Are Falling Apart

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DavidC
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Article: 18 U.S. Icons That Are Falling Apart

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From Bridges to Stadiums: 18 U.S. Icons That Are Falling Apart

Is Spring House currently in that bad of shape? I thought there was a group that had come to its rescue?


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The San Francisco Old Mint has appeared shabby for forty years that I am aware of, due to the widespread spalling of its sandstone exterior. Gebhard, Winter et al ignored the building in their initial Bay Area architecture guide.

Bob Vila, in calling the building "the Granite Lady," appears to be confusing this mint with the one further up Market Street, a massive late-thirties Federal Deco (?) granite pile which appears in the rendered view of the Daphne Funeral Chapels project of 1945.


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I passed the SF Old Mint the other day, so took a couple of shots of the exterior. I guess you could call this "accidental rustication" of the masonry ?


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Just a couple of blocks west on Mission St is this suave granite lady sporting the real thing---streamlined rustication that occurs only along the bed joints; FLW would approve ? The interior houses courtrooms and a former post office, with interiors clad in a riot of terrazzo, tile, figured marble and gilt bronze.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_R._ ... cisco).jpg

https://www.som.com/projects/us_court_of_appeals

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The design FLW produced that compares even tangentially to the Frisco buildings you post was the competition for the Milwaukee Public Library (1893), which he probably did in an effort to bring in some cash in his early days as an independent architect. Had it been built, he probably would have blushed about it for the rest of his life. It's hard to say what he would have thought about such structures, whether or not he would have had any sympathy, considering how scathingly he wrote about classical design. Yet he admired Hardenbergh's Plaza Hotel (1907), which might imply he was not entirely averse to praising such work ... but I doubt it.

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He did occasionally surprise with a positive (or at least damning-with-faint-praise) comment about an old building of one sort or another. I was thinking specifically about the James R Browning US Court building, whose streamlined horizontal rustication might have met with Wright's qualified approval ?

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Skidmore's giant shallow planters might be a nod to Wright, as well . . .

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The folks behind the Wright Revival Initiative made a number of brave statements regarding their potential support of the site, but I don't believe any of them moved beyond potential.
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