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Anyway, glad to know that these indices exist; I obviously haven't been keeping up. Thanks again.
I couldn't agree more. Maybe the Buffalo folks should start billing themselves as Six Flags Over Frank Lloyd Wright. It's a shame that so much money and effort is being poured into mediocrities like Graycliff when the truly valuable buildings, like Taliesin I, are fighting to survive.
If the Buffalo people really wanted to honor Wright's memory they would scrounge up a couple hundred bucks for a marker over Darwin Martin's currently unmarked grave. (They'll give you a map at the cemetery showing more or less where he's buried.)
Who has pics of the "new work" at Martin -- and what does the "Boat House" look like, if it's done ?
Buffalo should be extremely proud of its efforts, as they have managed to raise an incredible amount of money and enthusiasm for their projects. Taliesin, which many believe to be even more significant, seems incapable of doing the same, which is why the buildings are threatened.
The strength of message boards is free speech and open discussion. The weakness of message boards is free speech and open discussion. What is posted are opinions. Some right. Some wrong. All things considered Wright Chat furthers the mission of the FLWBC.outside in wrote:The opinions posted on this site are sometimes disturbing.
I agree.outside in wrote:I cannot begin to understand why Graycliff wouldn't be worthy of preservation. A house for a very important client of Wright is certainly worth the effort.
It appears that this is correct. However if poster criticizes the paint technique that does equate to condemnation of the whole effort.outside in wrote:The Martin House is being restored to the highest standards, and will be a magnificent contribution to understanding Wright.
The unbuilt projects in Buffalo are widely considered by respected academics with FLW expertise as being awful. Practicing architects and preservation architects generally question the wisdom and validity of the idea. Even within the the FLWBC these projects are not respected. There are architects, with professional relationships with those client organizations and architects doing the work, that anonymously post messages in support of those projects. There seems to be broad consensus that Wright Disneyland even with the best of intentions is a bad idea. The foundation certainly has a vested financial interest in building unbuilt designs. Unfortunately this shortsighted approach on their part hurts their creditability and fundraising.outside in wrote:Execution of unbuilt projects will always create controversy, but it seems they are working closely with the Foundation to ensure that they are built properly.
They should be proud of their efforts. Restoring the Martin House and Gray cliff as part of the program is a great thing. The Wright Disneyland projects were a modest waste of money.outside in wrote: Buffalo should be extremely proud of its efforts, as they have managed to raise an incredible amount of money and enthusiasm for their projects.
The FLW Foundation historically has had leadership issues and has made poor choices. It appears that the new regime is being much more objective and building bridges. Even they would like to jettison the legacy projects.outside in wrote:Taliesin, which many believe to be even more significant, seems incapable of doing the same, which is why the buildings are threatened.
Wright seldom admitted a mistake, but he was savvy enough to recogize (and state) that foliage was the unhappy architect's only recourse. He was no doubt bored by some of his lesser efforts, after time had passed, as is true of any but the most narcissistic artist.
We can only guess now at which of the unbuilt projects would be happily built by Wright today, if the opportunity arose. My support for the recreation of lost buildings -- up to and including Larkin, if such a miracle were to occur -- is based on the fact that these were at least completed once by the master in his lifetime, and are capable theoretically of being
built again in all their glory.