Seeking Info on Abby Beecher Roberts House, Marquette, MI

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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Palli, I'm certain there are no perfs at Roberts. There is a design for art glass windows that were not executed. The pattern, clear on the published elevation drawings (#5, pp224-227), suggests an abstraction of trees. Very simple line drawings. I doubt colored glass would have been specified.

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Post by Palli Davis Holubar »

Roderick, thanks, then Manson will still stand as the first built structure with perfs, as differentiated from free standing furniture perfs like Hanna.

Snowscrapper
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abby beecher house

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I came across your forum while searching for info on the FLW house in Marquette to show a coworker. I have a photo of the house that i took in 2007 if you are interested. It was undergoing some roof construction at the time. It really is easy to find, you can actually see the roof from the main road if you know where to look. Let me know.

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Post by Reidy »

Have you included the dining room ceiling in Wright's Oak Park house?

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Post by Palli Davis Holubar »

Reidy, I decided to use the wonderful wooden fretwork grille for laylight like the Oak park Home and Hollyhock as precursors and actually begin when I first see "perforated boards" written on a plan. The designs of perf boards were radically different at the turn of the Century. Although my research has not been exhaustive prior to Hanna- Hanna is the first I found. Wrights' cursive annotation with an arrow occurs on at least 2 elevations of Hanna we know were FLW drawings.
The wooden fretwork grilles come to mind specifically when panel perforated plywood boards begin with Brauner (although those have moulding on the inside of the shapes and are shapes from the perforated blocks of the House.) That is, assuming the plywood panel on Brunner entry is original? Can anyone confirm this?
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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Snowscrapper, by all means post whatever photos you have of the Roberts House. If you have trouble with posting, contact either hypnoragun or SDR, who post photos all the time on this site. We are always hungry for photos of FLW's work.

Snowscrapper
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Post by Snowscrapper »

I just emailed them to someone to post for me. Happy to contribute. Oddly, most people here in Marquette don't even realize there is a FLW house here. It is located in a really "backwoods" kind of neighborhood filled with cabins which in itself is interesting.

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John
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Roberts House

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I can't for the life of me figure out how to post photos to this site or I could show some I made in 2006 of this house.
It was indeed still owned by the granddaughter and she wasn't about to sell.
Don't know if she and her husband are still there.
It is a bit hard to find, but Storrer shows the way. Remember, he also includes GPS coordinates so you can find nearly every building with your GPS device even if you can't find the road sign.
There are no decorative cutout boards but simple panes above the main windows.
When I saw the house it was in very "rough" shape.
Let us know how it is now. I fear for it.

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archfan
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Post by archfan »

Gotta ask - are there any other FLW houses with a basketball hoop?

John
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Basketball hoops

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I think that would be an excellent topic for an academic paper!

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Post by Palli Davis Holubar »

John, don't look at me! Perfs are as far as I go.

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Post by mwindsand »

I recently met the granddaughter at the Roberts FLW House. She and her husband do still live there. She is very private and is hoping to do some much need maintenance on the house. It is not suited for the UP winters. She was very pleasant and enjoyed talking about the history. I told her about this Wright Chat site.

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Post by mwindsand »

I live near Marquette. My older cousin grew up there and recalls another FLW house. It has since been torn down. It was close to the college, NMU now.

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