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Since it appears that Stanford is controlling things, do you know if they have any covenants are in place to protect the home from undergoing any 'major changes' (i.e. - all the way to a tear-down)?
It's interesting to see that something like luan or mahogany was used as a substitute in the cottage interior from 1961 instead of the redwood plywood of the 1954 original house. Prices and availability must have already made it impractical to use the native California wood. Pin hinges as opposed to Wright's continous hinges on the cabinets make them appear as if they are one continous plane of wood. The floors are not as reddish, and are nearly an exact match to the color of the redwood. I've never seen wood grained Formica look better than in the kitchen of the guest house... Redwood plywood used on the exterior appears to be in remarkable condition. I love the steps going down to the fireplace. Sublime!
Are there many Stanford professors who could afford the $1,200,000.00 price tag? Only a lease on the land... But that is good, it must protect against the building of a monster nearby...
Why is it that so few Wright houses have been this lovingly maintained?
California dreaming, on such a winters day...
Regarding a floor plan, and future book, one of Aaron's long time employees is the keeper of everything Aaron, and thats all I know. I know that some of his library has shown up at William Stout, including an old Sullivan book that I gave Aaron on his birthday.
It is this kind of work from apprentices that I know Wright did and would have appreciated.
Wright never tried to upstage Aaron, in fact they said Wright continued to praise Aaron, and the client for selecting a great Architect.
Since the Pauls knew the Hannas, they initially contacted Wright to design their home. Wright sent Aaron down to meet with them. The Pauls fell in love with Aaron, and felt he was the better choice to design their home. With the projects Aaron assisted in bringing Wright, and his deep relationship with the Wrights, this became an Aaron project and not a Wright project.
A few Wright apprentices assisted with construction, Earl Nisbet remembers Aaron driving up with a beam in the back of a truck to support the living room, Earl helped install it.
The condition is a testament to the owners. Mr. Paul was a Japanese Studies professor at Stanford, and Mrs. was the Hoover Insititution librarian, and lived a private meaningful life.
I have always wondered, and never got the chance to ask....Aaron's son Allan, and Allan Paul's first names are spelled the same way...not the typical Alan spelling.
For a few years we kept in contact with them, and while they always seemed happy to see us or hear from us, I didnt want to bother them, witnessing once the effort was for them to get up and answer a phone or the door, so I would send an occassional card. They would reply with gracious appreciation.
Mr. Paul would crack me up..he always had a bowl of Hersheys chocolate kisses in the hex tables, and would never fail to ask my wife if she wanted a kiss...then pointed to the candies.
.....If only my wife still worked at the Hoover Institution....and of course, we had over a million bucks..Not that I could ever leave the Bob house.
Anyway, I will report info. as I get it, I did ask about protection of the house, and still waiting for a reply.
The guest house, by the way was built for Mr. Pauls mother, who moved here from Wisconsin.
Kevinizing....I like it!
Here is the link to a previous thread about the Paul house:
http://www.savewright.org/wright_chat/v ... aron+green