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Mr. Wright's Prairie School work benefited from the publicity that FLW received particularly when he was on the cover of Time magazine, circa 1936 and subsequently over the balance of his career the exposure in Life, Look, and House Beautiful. The next generation(s) of homeowners were reminded that their house was designed by a great architect. I have a copy of a letter from E. Arthur Davenport to FLW on the occasion of Mr. Wright being on the cover of Time magazine. E. Arthur tells him how much he enjoyed living in his Wright designed house and that he fondly recalled working with FLW on the project. He was also pleased with the selling price which was twice what he paid for it.
Another benefit of this publicity to Wright homeowners was that valuable documentation was preserved and handed down from generation to generation. This has been invaluable in restoring many of Mr. Wright's early works. This has been particularly true in the case of the Davenport House. Unfortunately some otherwise fine buildings of the Prairie School Period by lesser luminaries suffered because, like Rodney Dangerfield, "they got no respect". I see this in some of the remaining buildings by Harry Robinson.
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Wright's houses of this type usually placed the fireplace in the center of the space. In houses such as Stockman, the simple square interior became distinct spaces for entry, living, dining, and kitchen with almost no need for further interior partitions. Similar condition in other types such as Davenport and Ingalls, and often in the Usonians, such as Haynes. The extreme use of this device would be Wingspread.
It would be interesting to see how Robinson arranged his interiors without the central fireplace, even after working in Wright's Oak Park studio.
Doug Kottom, Battle Lake
jhealy wrote:Here is a website with some of H. Robinson's work in Naperville, IL.
HR was one of the most interesting figures, and it's fascinating to be reminded of the number of houses by Wright's contemporaries, and indeed, the shear number of commissions there were to go around. Most are decent buildings (some are even "outWright" as appealing as the masters). You walk through few neighborhoods today with architect designed houses (I'm not referring to the architects that work for developers!).
Still, it's no surprise few continued on as stellar a path as Wright. The difference between Wright and most others is still obvious. When you look at all of these houses in one sitting, it becomes clearer why Wright was getting uncomfortable with the scene.
What I really intended to comment on were the pictures of the restored exterior of the Robie House. For whatever reason they're the first I have seen, and it looks just incredible. What a masterpiece. Time constraints prevented me from getting there on my last trip, but nothing will the next time!