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Sad that money does not buy taste. I understand that a few other houses designed by Mark Mills were inflicted with similar 'additions'. The link to the blog under Education Professor's post has some astute comments.
I hope more savewright readers post their comments.
I do hope that the interior/exterior was well-documented before the changes were made. I'm surprised that there weren't protections in place to keep such extensive renovations from taking place.
Wild Bird is one of my all-time favorites and is located on one of the most dramatic sites that one could ever imagine. As my grandmother would often say, sometimes it is best to leave "well enough" alone.............
The Big Sur site of Wild Bird still evokes the spirit of Nat and Margaret Owings and Mark Mills, but the abode has been diminished.
Some designers can't abide unfinished materials, no matter the provenance or effect -- I guess.
I believe I understand how you feel as I have been disheartened by my own profession in recent years. I do encourage you to continue serving as an advocate for organic architecture as Mr. Wright and his apprentices intended for it to be...much like Laurie Virr has done for organic architecture in Australia. I wish I would have been exposed to the work of Mr. Wright and the apprentices in my college years...my career path would have certainly been much different.
Concerning the Taliesin Legacy project, have you moved forward with it or is it still in the preliminary stages? Has a particular design been identified?
With regard to Wild Bird-----SDR rightly noted that it may very well be returned to its original state via "reverse" restoration one day. A proud owner will indeed prevail, to rewarding results (to quote SDR).
The true spirit of Wild Bird does indeed live on...what a remarkable site!
thank you for your encouraging words. i truly admire and respect all who post here as each is a devotee of good design and good architecture.
Taliesin Legacy is a book I purchased last summer in my continued purchase of anything Lautner in print (hard to find but you can read a review on amazon.com). Low and behold when I opened it I was on the Mark Mills section. I never knew Mark Mills was a FLW disciple which then explained my affinity for both he and JL. Janey Bennet is the author writing the book on Mark Mills http://www.janeybennett.com/taliesin.html
She had the good fortune of meeting him and walking through some of the houses he designed in Big Sur/Carmel, and wrote an article that was in the Taliesin Journal. I discovered her website and have offered in any way I can to help her as she completes the project. I believe we need a Publisher. Any suggestions would be appreciated from the Save Wright members. Thank you again.
Thanks for your kind note. I likewise have the highest respect for those who post on this board. The Taliesin Legacy book definitely provides a nice summary of the work by some of Mr. Wright's apprentices. I hope the book will be expanded one day to include the work of other apprentices. I appreciate the info about Janey Bennet and her work on the Mills book. One publishing source may be Blurb.com. I know that "hypnoraygun" on this board recently published his book about the work of Fay Jones through Blurb.