Sure, we can call anything "Frank Lloyd Wright"

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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The characterization of Niedecken as a "student" of Frank Lloyd Wright is incorrect, if the term is used in the normal way.

It is most interesting to see this house. It illustrates the fact that Niedecken was his own man as a designer, having absorbed a variety of styles while studying in Europe and having deployed a number of them over the course of his career. He was, to be sure, a very good synthesizer of Wright's "style" as well, qualifying him (in Wright's estimation, judging by the amount of work he gave to the younger man) as a collaborator on a number of projects, including notably the Coonley and Robie houses.

Wrightians, including me, are still learning all the facts regarding Mr Niedecken, 110 years after Mr Wright left Oak Park while those he had worked with over the previous decade, including Marion Mahony and George Niedecken, finished up commissions then in progress.

Here are the opening paragraphs of an essay on Niedecken and his relationship with Mr Wright, as found in Cheryl Robinson, "Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Niedecken, Prairie School Collaborators," published in 1999 by the Milwaukee Art Museum. There is much more to follow, including Niedecken's treatment in David Hanks, "The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Wright's later recollections of working with Niedecken, and the latter's recollections of same.

I am indebted to Eric O'Malley for acquainting me with Cheryl Robinson's and Terrence Marvel's work on Niedecken and for supplying me with their two books on the subject.


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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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This house appeared here a while back. I scanned Lake Geneva, looking for some indication of it, but could not find a hint.
Fallingwater is one FLW design no architect should make any attempt at copying or mimicking or paraphrasing. One might do a parody, which has been done in cartoons, but that would be a costly joke. This house approaches a parody.

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At this point I'm grateful when they spell "Fallingwater" correctly. But I agree . . .

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Has gray become the new white?

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Has gray become the new white?

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One might hope.

One might hope.

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