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FLLW loved nature, and was at his best on a rugged, natural site. In the city he abstracted the feel of nature in his art glass, features, furniture, and use of light. As Beethoven did with his music. No pictoral representations. At the natural sites, the house and site became a single environment, each giving to the other with the passing of the day, seasons, and weather patterns.
They are all quite liveable, bearing in mind that they were usually very client and site specific.
Doug Kottum, Battle Lake, MN
Second: Cheney House If those walls could talk, that would make this Number One.
Third: Davenport House, when restored. Modesty stops me from making this Number One.
If aesthetics were the only consideration it would be Armstrong in Ogden Dunes. One job that Jack Howe actually enhanced.
"Well, there you are!"
My guestimate for property taxes on the Heurtley House is $23,000 to $28,000 /year without the historic preservation property tax freeze. However they were probably frozen in the low $20's. The present owners richly deserve whatever tax breaks are available to them.
Reasons for choices, I just project managed the restoration of the Westcott and My Cousin Nancy Willey ( in which she referred to my brother Steve and I as her "Proxy Grandchildren") project managed the Willey House.
Both houses created for Progressive clients, both having interests in Automobiles. Westcott exhibiting the "Japanese influence" and Willey what is functional and practicle for the lady of the house egernomically and functionally.
my 2 cents
1. Not by Wright, but the next best thing, the Paul House 1953 by Aaron Green. Quite simply....Perfect in every single way. Very small, just over 1,000 sf maybe, original owners in their 90's still occupy, have changed nothing since 1953, except a lightbulb or two. Just down the street from the Hanna House.
2. Berger House, just a great place to be.
3. Again, not by Wright, but a former apprentice Bob Beharka's own little home is near perfection. He designed and built himself in the 1960's, still lives there. I visit Bob,...and his lovely home often.
4. Taliesin West, I just love Iovanna's old apartment at the sun cottage, and the Wrights' garden room is in my mind how living rooms are built in heaven!
I have great interest in very small houses of exceptional design and liveability, with hope that the concept is not extinct.
Doug Kottum, Battle Lake, MN