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I unfortunately cannot share the article itself, but if you're interested in obtaining a copy, check out https://hsmichigan.org/store/back-issues/.
A special shout-out on this board to "gdf," the owner of the Harper house, for her gracious support of and assistance with the article!
https://www.claasshaus.com/blog/updated ... lake-motel
Christine and I spent a night in this lost gem during a 1999 road trip...despite years of little maintenance, it was still a thoughtfully designed little complex with unique and memorable guest rooms looking onto a courtyard. The roof framing was exposed in the rooms...Douglas fir 2x12's set /\/\/\/\/\/\/\ made for an elegant (if uninsulated) ceiling.
DRN: The article does indeed end with a discussion of the ill-fated Snowflake Motel, which, unlike the Wright houses, no longer graces Southwest Michigan. Ironically, just south of the old Snowflake Motel property (which has long been available for sale), there are now multiple hotels thanks to a recent building boom in the area.
Howard and Helen Anthony, Benton Harbor, 1949, T.4901 (S.315); development of Maginel Barney design
Dr Bradford and Ina Harper, Saint Joseph, 1950, T.5010 (S.329); development of Abby Beecher Roberts
Carl Schultz, Saint Joseph, 1957, T.5745 (S.426); compare to Walton and Kinney
(Summer 1949) "I spent much of my time in the drafting room that summer. Jack Howe was away most of the season; he was superising the construction of several houses in Michigan and would return to Taliesin on weekends to have Mr Wright approve supplementary drawings that he had done, such as those for cabinetwork and furniture. He also returned to do the presentation drawings of projects for which Mr Wright had done preliminary sketches." [The suggested sequence there is interesting ? SR]
© 1995 Cambridge University Press
Harper's unique middle name – with two S's – was her paternal grandmother's maiden name. Her last name raises a certain curiosity as well, in light of her Alabama roots. That is because, from 1920 until his death in 1934, Harper's father had his medical practice in Monroeville, Alabama. Students of American literature may recognize Monroeville as the hometown of author Harper Lee, and as the inspiration for the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, where Lee's celebrated novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is set. Fans may also know that "Harper" was actually the author's middle name. What may not be as well known is that Lee was given that middle name in honor of the pediatrician Dr. William W. Harper, of Selma, who was credited with saving the life of her sister, Louise. It is not clear whether that Alabama doctor named Harper was related to Alabama-born Dr. Ina Morriss Harper. But it is noteworthy that Harper Lee was born in Monroeville in 1926, at the same time that Ina's father, Dr. George H. Harper, had his medical practice there.
Oh, and today, January 11, is Ina Morriss Harper's 123rd birthday!
Naturally, this raises questions: What does that house consist of ? Are there other instances of a TAA design placed within sight of a Wright-designed house ? Is there a call for a proper monograph on the work of the successor firm ?
A thread in which Mr. Wheatley is discussed and the St. Joseph house mentioned:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... t=Wheatley