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There is also a link to a site with pics and video of the Laurent House, which is up for sale.
I've always loved this house.
They are important to its history, just as glass art or furniture is to any Wright house, and it's unfortunate they will not remain with it. Surely a fair market value for them could have been incorporated into the sales price. What's another $10 or $20K to what this property will go for?
Even odder to me is that it's the Laurent's doing this!
(I hope that opinion is not considered character assassination).
You have to keep in mind these small Usonians gems ranged from 1,100 sft for Euchtman to about 1,900 sft for Mathews. The average I would guess was about 1,300 sft. Haynes is 1,411 and due to the compact nature is like living on a wooden ship. Any modification if not done by FLW truly affects the overall scale and success of the design. And, of course, the market value of the property.
PNB wrote:One of the things I enjoy most about this site is sometimes discovering a house I had little or no knowledge of - sometimes it is an oh thats nice feeling other times its a Wow! The Laurent home is definitely a Wow! What a beautiful house - thanks for sharing!
Happy to have found the link and glad you enjoyed it. Laurent is the first of the FLW curvilinear homes that I found that I liked. This was especially the case after seeing Futagawa's pictures of it in the #7 Selected Houses. Then, after having driven past the home twice as well as seeing other pictures of it in "FLW: The Homes" and Storrer's "Companion" I've become a big fan of this true gem.
I have been inside over 20 Wright Usonians. Virtually all of them have â€œissues.â€� The only exception I know is Zimmerman which is absolutely perfectly re$tored. If someone is interested in buying a Wright house, I would strongly suggest overlooking these flaws or else you will NEVER be a Wright homeowner. I played that game with another Wright house I was planning to buy. I brought in a professional contractor who gave me an off the charts price to totally repair a sagging cantilever and who personally told me â€œI was crazy for even considering buying this house.â€� It was a deal breaker for me and in retrospect I regret walking. It eventually sold (at full asking price). After that, all I had was back to reading the FLW books.
If you want a Wright house with â€œnew constructionâ€� you can talk to the few owners of the Legacy Houses. I was told by the owner of the Legacy House for sale in Cincinnati that if they went with the original Newman design their builder quoted them $1.2M-$1.5M.
Haynes also has issues. But, I easily overlook them because the house gives me such joy and pleasure. I canâ€™t describe it.