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"... that horrible addition"? Paul, to what do you refer? The plaster portion on the second floor toward the back? That's original.
The landscaping while "nice", does not exhibit fidelity to what FLW did in his projects in my opinion. He had a strong aversion to foundation plantings, a Victorian idea, and wrote about his objections.
I don't know what has happen on the interior. The previous owner had removed and sold all of the original fixtures and furniture.
I do know that all of the windows were removed and restored and then reinstalled.
The fence looks nice and appropriate style-wise. I especially liked the vines that are growing on the fence. It softened the look quite nicely. The landscape is about one year old, so it won't look so "prissy" by next year. The fence is there to keep the lookie-loos (that would be us) off the property. There a numerous signs indicating that guard dogs are present.
I think it looks fabulous. It is across the street from many very large mansions on larger lots.
Wright's, unacknowledged, Clark House (1314 W. Moss) is just down the street. He walked away from that one after a disagreement with the client's wife.
Taking OUR home back to 1902/3 as much as possible. Just a sampling of the incredible work done is replacing walls that where non existant or crumbling, bringing the veranda back to it's original use (was poorly enclosed as a tv room),putting the boiler back in it's original location in the carriage house- running the gutters to the cistern-which waters the landscape (we did the entire project green)- the entire exterior was restored, the brick,the concrete (replaced when needed), , the windows are now 98% restored including the sashes and hardware- everything done exactly as FLW would have wanted it- the work and research we and our team did was exhaustive. This has been an act of love by our family. Remember we did this all during the recession at a ridiculous cost- we hired only the very best craftsman and artisans. I am sick to death of all your negativity and criticisms from you half wit FLW Zealots. The landscape isn't prissy- it's incredible- Frank would have loved it- and you would know this had you researched his landscapes. I did- spent two years designing it - I have been a gardner for 25 years- I know what I'm doing. The fence was what the Peoria Historical Society okayed- I was never going to put a Victorian fence... Also there is no addition... that is original to the house and is the servants quarters-do your research before you open your mouth and hurt someone's feelings. The inside has been lovingly restored as well- ahh but you all will never see it will you-Yay! I appreciate your passion- we have that same passion for OUR home-your negativity and... criticisms you can keep to your self-We did an amazing job and live in a work of art each and every day-we feel very blessed to be the caretakers.
On behalf of the members here on Wright Chat, I would like to offer my apologies to you and your family if some of the comments in this thread about your home were insensitive. Although it may appear to you that way, I can assure you that the intent of these comments was not to be hurtful towards you, but the fact remains that you were obviously upset by some of these remarks, and for that we are truly sorry.
You are to be thanked and congratulated for the time, effort and resources that you have devoted to save and restore this beautiful residence, bringing it back to its original glory. At times, some of us here on Wright Chat are guilty of losing sight of the fact that not only are these Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures, but they are in many cases someone's home. Most of us take tremendous pride in our homes, as you obviously do, whether that home is architectually significant or not. And since our relationship with our home is often such a personal one, it is understandable that we are easily hurt by negative comments about them.
One last thing about the comments in this thread. Before beginning this reply to your post, I went back through the entire thread and carefully reread each post. I think that if you do the same, you will find that the majority of these posts were of a positive nature, and supportive of your efforts. Which is not to say that there weren't some criticisms, but I would urge you to avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water, so to speak. And FYI, two of the commenters on this thread are highly regarded restoration architects who have each purchased and meticulously restored a FLW residence as their family home, as you have done.
Thanks again for your work on the Little Residence, and I hope you and your family spend many happy years there enjoying the fruits of your efforts and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. You are certainly deserving of such pleasure. And thanks for joining in the conversation here on Wright Chat, and letting us know that we may have overstepped our bounds.
Some years ago I met a previous owner of the house ... perhaps Ruth and William Swardenski ... who showed me exterior photographs of the house. Below is a link to an article featuring a photograph of the living room, showing something of what the Muir's had to face.
http://www.peoriamagazines.com/as/2007/ ... yle-peoria
N.B. Scroll down to find mention of the second Wright house.
http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1691678025/ ... auses-stir
I used to be a frequent contributor on CURBED NY. But I was driven away by the vicious comments. I then discovered Wright Chat and was pleasantly surprised by the consistently civil tone.
Thus the comments by Mrs. Muir came as a shock:
I am sick to death of all your negativity and criticisms
you half wit FLW Zealots.
I was never going to put a Victorian fence
do your research before you open your mouth
The inside has been lovingly restored as well â€“ ahh but you all will never see it will you â€“ Yay!
your negativity and stupid criticisms
Certainly I appreciate that Mrs. Muir was upset about some of the comments in this thread. She and her husband obviously poured considerable monies, time, effort, and love into restoring their Wright-designed home. They have every right to feel proud.
I applaud all that. But no one called them names. The criticisms were not personal. Moreover, is it reasonable to purchase a famous home by an even more famous architect and not expect some public, ah, oversight?
In reading this thread, yes, there is a concern expressed about a supposed addition (which was immediately corrected). A few people have issues with the landscaping. A fence and the downspouts raised concerns, too.
That is it.
But there is also (before Mrs. Muirâ€™s comment):
it is a beautiful home.
it looks good.
The fence looks nice and appropriate style-wise.
it looks fabulous.
So, while there are a few concerns about relatively minor issues, there are also highly supportive comments.
Wright Chat is blessed by incredibly knowledgeable people passionate, and, yes, opinionated about Wright. Thank God. Thank God. If I owned a Wright house I would go to some pains to cultivate this rare and valuable resource.
That said, is this an opportunity reminding contributors to Wight Chat that their comments do not exist in a vacuum? Such comments are very public indeed. As such, is some caution of expression a good idea? Not, of course, about WHAT is said but HOW. For example, to voice a concern about X issue not being historically accurate (which seems, to me, a very reasonable and appropriate observation on Wright Chat) is altogether very different than stating that X issue is ugly.