Mary Adams Rehabilitation

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SDR
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Post by SDR »

Dave Anderson forwards a nice photo of the house:


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photo © Dave Anderson


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photos © W A Storrer


Storrer's interior photo shows the stair before restoration (see page 3 of this thread) and the route from front door (left) to living room (fireplace
visible). See plan (page 2). A great thread to revive, it seems to me; such beautiful work by outside in et al . . .

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Sweet...

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My favorite part of the reno are the gravel pans they placed under the gutter drains. Not sure why it struck me so, but it's a very clever solution to a common problem. You can see a couple of them in the last shot. Stole that idea for my own house ... ;-)

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Post by Roderick Grant »

So much better a solution than downspouts snaking down the walls, peeing on the lawn.

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Post by Patryko »

The Mary W. Adams house and Ward Winfield Willits house received recognition from Porsche on BuzzFeed for 13 Chicago Design Destinations You Won’t Find On A Boat Tour (#3). The E-Z Polish Factory is also on the list (#7).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/porsche/chicago ... a-bus-tour

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Post by SDR »

Thanks, Patryko. Some thoughts on the images:

The photo of the Mary Adams residence makes clear Wright's intention to free the roof from the walls and let it sail outwards. He must have been pleased with this particularly successful go. And why do we feel that this can't be a flat roof, from this angle ? Is it due in part to the knife-thin and rising fascia treatment ? I note that downspouts have been added . . .

One laughs out loud when confronted with the chosen view of the E-Z Polish factory ! Where is the principle facade, with its stark and meaty weave of glass, spandrels and piers ? (And how was that neighboring building's roof, now gone, flashed against the bottom of the upslope window on Wright's building ?)

Finally, can those who decry historicist anachronisms like the Harper Library reading room or the Bond Chapel really turn their backs on such work as this, with a haughty sniff ? I cannot . . .

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Here is a better photo of the EZ Polish Factory:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Z_Polish_Factory
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Is E-Z in use or vacant? Looks like the neighborhood is a functioning industrial area.

I was always intrigued by the exterior views of the Baha'i Temple, but when I finally got around to visiting it, the interiors disappointed.

Bond Chapel looks like Sainte-Chapelle in Paris might have looked if it had been built in London. Sometimes modern Gothic gets the blue wrong. James Renwick's St. Patrick's Cathedral in NY has magnificent blue windows, while Cram's St. John the Divine's windows are an acidic hue that is not divine at all. Bond's windows have a rich hue.

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Post by SDR »

Both of Storrer's photos show all of the windows of E-Z Polish bricked in. The color photo is nice; some glass reappears. How about a complete overhaul and re-glazing ?

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Post by Patryko »

Highgate builders recently put some side by side before and after photos of the Mary Adams rehabilitation on their website. On the bottom of the page is a link to photographer Erika Johnson's full set of before and after photos. Huge thanks to outside in for his excellent expertise as the restoration architect and his significant background with a huge range of Wright projects!

http://highgatebuilders.net/remodels/flw/

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Post by Roderick Grant »

What was lost is found. This is a great restoration. Also the new décor fits in nicely. Love the floor lamp with its interesting glass shade.

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Post by DavidC »

Patryko:

Thank you very much for posting these pictures. They show what great lenghts you went to to restore this wonderful home. The results are fantastic!

And thank you to 'outside in' for doing such fantastic work in bringing the project to life - and fruition!


David

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Post by Patryko »

There's a new link to the Erika Hildegard photos of the Mary Adams House project. The photos have been improved in resolution. Please go to this link:

http://erikahildegardphotography.pixies ... rk/before/

The password is: flwpatrickbill

Please note that you will find links for 'before' and 'after.' With this rendition, you scroll down to see all the photos.

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Password is not working for me.
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Sorry Paul: I just tried it again twice and it worked. Hopefully it will be fine on your next attempt. Take care.

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