EFFECTIVE 14 Nov. 2012 PRIVATE MESSAGING HAS BEEN RE-ENABLED. IF YOU RECEIVE A SUSPICIOUS DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS AND PLEASE REPORT TO THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION.
This is the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Message Board. Wright enthusiasts can post questions and comments, and other people visiting the site can respond.
You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, *-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time they see fit.
How cool is that, to live in a Nelson/ Chaddwick house? Very rare indeed.
How many houses did Nelson design?
Anyway, it looks fantastic and your decor and taste are impeccable!
Are the slate floors original? I notice terrazzo floors in the vintage photo...
Is the Saarinen-esque fireplace original? And the paint colors?
It appears that the curtain is on a track which runs through the living room, dividing it from what?
The sofa, is it a prototype for the later mass produced Chadwick sofas?
Wrighter, that was some exhaustive research on your part. Bravo!
I think your conclusion is on target. The fire is a part of the space but not the focal point. In fact, isn't Wright really a cubist in the sense that there are multiple perspectives happening simultaneously and it becomes a question of the choreography within the space; how the space is being perceived and used at a particular moment?
Fireplace is orginal, steel with a coating of vermiculite. Paint colors: door not original, wall behind steelframe drawer is orignal color, kitchen drawers original color.
Furniture in the living room (sofas, matching chair, tables, lamps) are original to the house.
Curtain divides the living room from the two story open area shared with the master bedroom above...
The sofa was never massed produced, it is now in a private collection 1 hour from the house, not for sale. Are you thinking of the Don Chadwick sofa? (not to be confused with Gordon Chadwick:)
I agree, I think we scored on the house, but, the sofa and bed were sold off before we purchased the place. One reason I get so upset when I see Wright pieces seperated from home.
Not sure how the free standing fireplace fits into this discussion...can a freestanding fireplace be considered the heart of the home or would it be more like the spleen?
I believe that what we learn from that is that Wright was willing to situate the fireplace in a variety of positions relative to the rest of the features of
the "public" spaces in these (and the many other) Usonian-era homes. And that raises for me the issue of what the architect was working toward,
in my belief: endless variety of form, in buildings which manage to satisfy the needs of their occupants but which, really, are important to the
architect for artistic reasons. After, all, if three or four -- or six. or seven ? -- distinct spacial arrangement s could have satisfied all the
requirements of a typical family, in any one of the varieties of site conditions encountered -- in the same way that, it is claimed, there are
really only seven distinctly different mystery novel plots -- then why was it necessary for Wright to reinvent the wheel over and over again,
producing almost every time a unique and fresh residential composition ? I claim that it was for the sheer pleasure that this creation brought him.
A necessary consequence of this fact, if it is so, is that an ideal arrangement between entrance, kitchen,dining, living, and bed rooms,
once achieved, must necessarily be discarded in favor of something fresh and different, for the next client. And it cannot be argued that, in each
design, an ideal arrangement could be achieved; some designs will favor one set of adjacent spaces and their functions, while in others a
different pair (or trio) will be treated as vital -- as an unavoidable matter of course.
Jeff, maybe you should take a page from Wright's book, and rearrange your parents' furniture while they are away -- or asleep ?
While I agree with everything else in that post (previous page), it must be said that many houses, including most (?) Usonians and also the smaller
houses that S Susanka defends, have only one space and set of seating furniture that would suit both the fire and a TV -- requiring the designer to
find a way to accommodate both functions in a single room.
A fireplace shall be viewed by all and nothing obstructing it. You could always put a bench there in front of it and make it work.
If this then is true, until the time arrives when it has become illegal to use a wood burning fireplace, what are our options in regards to existing fireplaces for increasing the efficiency in terms of heat, and also lowering emissions?Someone earlier mentioned catalytic converters...