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This American House

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:34 pm
by Roderick Grant
A new book is coming out on July 15. "This American House" from Pomegranate is about the Delbert W. Meier ASB House (S204.4) in Monona, Iowa, undergoing restoration by the current owners who have a website: thisamericanhouse.com

Re: This American House

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:33 pm
by SDR
Surprise ! Nice story, well told. Looks like the house still has its original exterior surface ?

Other than some interior color choices, they're doing great. Took paint off brick, added it to kitchen cabinets. Net plus ? In the green and white bathroom, the white ceiling above the window-top trim is Wrightian---though the wood trim would have been dark ?

Researching the full ownership history is not something every Wright owner seems to have accomplished---though some have. This letter to a previous owner, c. 1980, from Bruce Pfeiffer, is revealing as to the Foundation's policy then regarding use vs ownership of drawings . . .

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Re: This American House

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:48 pm
by SDR
Can any Wright owner comment on present or past experience with the issue of drawings for your house: terms, conditions, cost . . . ?

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Re: This American House

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:56 am
by DRN
By the time I was a Wright homeowner in 2008, all I did was email the Wright Archive and state that I was an owner requesting drawings to aid in restoration. I “inherited” prints from the design and construction process when we closed on the property, but I didn’t have a full final set. I sent some recent pics of the house interior and exterior for their records, and a set of 11x17 Xerox’s was sent by Margo Stipe. These copies were presumably printed from the photos made of the drawings in conjunction with the Getty. I paid postage and the cost of the copies... $15 or $20 at most. Admittedly, 11x17’s can be difficult to read...I scanned them to allow zooming in on a computer screen. Artstor has democratized this process now.

I suspect the cost noted in BBP’s letter may be before the readily copied photos were made. Coping of the old fragile drawings must have been more time consuming. Not sure if this cost included placing the desired drawings in the plastic sleeves they are all in now...the fee could have helped fund that effort.

Re: This American House

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:04 pm
by DRN
There is a welcome and overdue flurry of action in the realm of ASBH publishing.

This is a link to a website focused on the recently documented Elizabeth Murphy ASBH House near Milwaukee.

https://elizabethmurphyhouse.com/

A book is scheduled to be released in April, 2021:

https://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/5939.htm

Re: This American House

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 10:56 am
by ndhayes
Here's a tad more about the timing of two new ASBH books in spring/summer 2021, and the informal collaboration in stewardship that is developing among owners.

https://elizabethmurphyhouse.com/2021/0 ... ChU_K6yvjE

Anyone who cares for an ASBH is welcome to join our group!

Re: This American House

Posted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:36 pm
by Roderick Grant
ndhayes, Have you heard that the Burleigh House in Wilmette has just sold for $635K?

Re: This American House

Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:30 pm
by SDR
Perhaps we can decide which of these two threads to continue; it's problematic to have two contemporaneous threads going, on the same subject and with the same contributors.

Here's the other thread: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... =2&t=14298

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