Sure, we can call anything "Frank Lloyd Wright"

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Roderick Grant wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:40 am
While Colleyville has details that aggravate the soul, Crestline looks very interesting, but not enough is shown. It seems to be an unpretentious cottage for a reasonable price in a spectacular setting.
The Colleyville residence was designed by Kelly Davis, of SALA and previously McGuire/Engler/Davis. I suspect this was a client with a yuge budget and strong opinions.

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Kelly Davis?! I would never have guessed that. I recently exchanged some emails with him, and told him he had a lot of fans on this site. But I must admit that I don't really like the house. Possibly it's the quality of the real estate photography, which is very harsh. Yet I cannot say it lives up to what I have seen of Davis' work previously.

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I'm sure Mr Davis would have an answer for you, as to how the house came to be as it is. (I'm somehow reminded of one or another of William Morgan's houses; I guess it's the symmetrical and pyramidal form.) But it's no stretch to imagine that the client had something to do with the outcome ?

I missed my chance, decades ago, to pick up a copy of "Two Chicago Architects and their Clients," so I don't know what it uncovers---but a book or more could be devoted to the subject of clients, subdivided by type, from the meek or subservient, to the presumptuous and demanding. Wright's clients could no doubt be subjected to such a study . . .

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That's a good price for that book. Looks like a hardcover with dust jacket first edition.
I've got a copy.
One of the things it documents is that a lot of Wright clients were well educated and not that wealthy.
Wereas all of Shaws clients were rolling in dough.
Another thing I remember from the book is a statement from Robie, saying the whole process of procuring his house was one of the best handled business deals he was ever involved in.
I'll try to find the actual quote

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The section on Robie, which is an interview with Frederick by his son, is the most revealing in the book. The other original client interview is with Mr. and Mrs. Greene (pp 100-111). It is always best to interview original clients and get the skinny from the horses' mouth. The Greene interview ends with:

Interviewer:
Are there any comments you would like to make about the job Mr. Wright did for you, Mrs. Greene?
Mrs. Greene:
Oh, everything was satisfactory, I think. We liked him, liked his personality.
Interviewer:
He was supposed to be a man of great personal charm.
Mrs. Greene:
Yes, we liked him. We certainly never regret building our house.

The only reference to Robinson, who has been wrongly credited with significant involvement with the design, is that he was the first person with whom the Greenes discussed the contract before meeting with FLW, nothing about any other connection.

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This 'FLW-inspired' actually beats at least 9 out of 10 that I run across:

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Squirrel Feeder - (4:45)


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Considering the anatomy of the squirrel, wouldn't a chaise lounge be more appropriate?

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Sanford M Goldman (1957) apprentice house $1.7M
https://patch.com/florida/pinellasbeach ... oyd-wright
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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David,
There is not one thing about this house that is Wrightian.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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David makes no claim that the items posted here are Wrightian. Rather, he selects objects or properties which in some way are advertised as being Wrightian.

Here's the copy from the real estate site linked below the video:

"This is a unique and special home nestled down into the forest. The owner is an artist who's created a fairy tale complete with a dragon weather vane, and a huge cement and mosaic dragon who wraps himself around an outdoor spa. The gardens are beautiful, the architecture is much like that of Frank Lloyd Wright, bringing the home into the surroundings. Massive living room with floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors and large stone fireplace for those chilly, winter nights."

Wright's fame makes him a natural for lucrative appropriation. As always, caveat emptor !

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