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FLW Was NOT the architect on Wild Bird. instead it was low profile Genius named Mark Mills. NOT FLW. He actually was pretty good at keeping his roofs from leaking. Among other construction defects.
Is there a way to resto-mod a house? I can't say. I do not market on this site.
My clients pay me for other services. Believe me if there is a way to "resto-mod a house?" I will advise. And likely LOOSE the project/commission/job. Sobeit. NO is the most powerful word in the english language. I;ll take the TOXIC MATERIALS LIE up with the expert at a later date. It defies any explanation and is not credible. She worked for someone who paid her to say it with NO BACKUP.
I was asking a general question about the concept. If someone were to buy a historic Wright house (some of which were built in the 30's) Would there be an acceptable way to add things like grounded outlets, a security system, and internet access? Could you put a microwave in hallowed ground?
I am not marketing. Believe me, this is NOT my market.
http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... light=ross
The better architects have always sought to create an entire environment, inside and out, including furnishings and landscaping, in order to provide a well-coordinated and complete experience for the occupants, and a satisfying aesthetic whole. This is true of many of the twentieth-century designers we call modernists. Wright's oldest son, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr (known as Lloyd) specialized in landscape in his early career, and so provided the many homes he designed in Southern California with especially complete exterior environments.
Many architectural practitioners maintain interior specialists on staff, to coordinate material and furnishing choices and lighting design with the overall concept. Other architects leave interior design to someone chosen by their client.
As for the "unsafe" studio or workshop at Wild Bird, a complete restoration might have included a replica of that space in more acceptable material. And that part of the house could have found a new use, such as a guest suite or home office, etc, if desired. "Adaptive reuse" is one popular strategy for retaining significant structure.
In the case of one of a kind properties like the former Wild Bird, Restoration should be the first consideration. A team of professionals experienced in Historic properties should have been employed. Several things broke down in this project, starting with the "expert" stating that the house was without architectural significance....but Wild Bird LLC's partners were no doubt behind that..
The dramatic site, the wealth of the area, the desire to use WB as a $15K a night hide away, and a savvy owner pretty much sealed WB's fate. I understand that.
Wild Bird seems very different from any other thing I can find he has done. Most remind me of the "house of the future"
and some are pretty mundane:
http://www.movoto.com/real-estate/homes ... 102163.htm
What to do with significant residential architecture? I believe we must preserve the structure as much as possible, but we can't all live in museums.
I think an hommage to the original design is mandatory. Documentation of the original building is the best we can do. At the Weltzheimer House, we present the basics of the Wright design, with the modifications that occured as the house was being built and with the various owners. I believe this invites dialogue and ultimately shows the genius of its architect.
One might almost think that the present designer had a certain respect for what came before, while succumbing -- let's assume under financial pressures -- to the ubiquitous desire for ostentatious luxury ?