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The house is very secluded, and relatively hard to find as many local people are not even aware of its existence.
This is the closest of any view you will get by finding it via roadside:
The house itself is rather small, but very distinctly FLW.
Here are several pictures of the exterior:
I have many other pictures but all are currently on film, as i only had my 35mm with me. I will be posting more when I have the time on my hands.
I figured I would post pictures of it since there are no others to be found on the web at this time as far as I was able to find.
There is some work being done to the house at this moment, you can see a sawhorse in one picture. I'll have more digital pictures by then end of this week, fingers crossed. They are calling for snow up here, which makes driving up hills in a VW a little hard.
I never quite understood the Alpaugh design. From the plans published in the Monograph, it seemed to have geometries that were unusual for Wright and seemed less ordered and rhythmic than his other house designs of the era.
It has been very well kept over the years, and had the roof re-done this last summer.
The town was/is a primarily agriculture supported industry, which adds to my surprise of the homes origins. Turns out my great-grandparents were good friends with the family while the house was being built. The current owners are family friends, which is how I was able to visit the house.
I am a restoration architect student, so this house is like a gold mine to me.
Goats on the "butterfly" roof? And a portion of the playroom dedicated to those goats?
http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/140 ... ngs-signed
(It's a pity that my screen shots of the auction images lose just a bit of resolution. I wonder how long the linked page will be active ?)
It's nice to see Mr Wright giving his drafter some leeway, as to lettering (in this case) -- this vertical "font" is most unusual for a Taliesin drawing. (Note, however, that the O is a circle, not an oval or a racetrack-shape.)
17 x 14-inch pages seem unusual; six of those could be cut from a 36 x 48 sheet.
These really are exceptionally nice drawings. It's a pity that original art like this was allowed to escape the files. I gather it happened again and again. If, as some say, Mr Wright valued the building more than its documentation, this habit (of sending originals to the site, to the client and/or the apprentice and builder) is proof enough ?
Comprising 34 sheets from 1947, The Amy Alpaugh House, Northport, Michigan. Detailed list as follows: Drawing of greenhouse in 1.5" scale, layout plan .125" scale to 1', metalwork drawing, blueprint labeled 'Country Dwelling for Miss Amy Alpaugh, labeled for Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, elevation drawing sides and front, plumbing and heating, glass and millwork, custom chair and furniture, plan for living space, 2 goathouse drawings, greenhouse drawing, drawings for bedrooms, bath/utility and clerestory, porch, courtyard, hardware, workspace and clerestory, plan section of living space/sash and glass details .125" scale drawings on tracing paper (17" x 14"), the larger drawings measure (36" x 48"), topographic maps (30" x 38") some ozalids included; Greenhouse drawing has notations to Mr. Wright that a woodworking surface is much wanted by this woman (Amy Alpaugh), with written response by Frank Lloyd Wright stating "ok" with signature. Condition: Some sheets with slight losses around the corners and edges, creasing and light staining. 1 blueprint 30.5" x 35.5", 3 topographical 30" x 38", 13 sheets tracing paper measure 17" x 14", 14 vellum 36" x 48", 2 drawings 24" x 36", 1 sheet 21" x 30".
Provenance: Collection of Bob Schmidt of Traverse City, Michigan.