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Journalism, Apples and Oranges

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:17 pm
by peterm

Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:48 pm
by SDR
. . . and bright red doors -- Wright's, or Olga's ? -- with shiny trim. There was a time when Wright didn't like "shiny." Or was that Schindler ?

On a darker note, I haven't heard a Wright house labeled "sinister" until now. Do some of the public think of the early houses as they would the Bates Motel house-on-a-hill ? In black and white, maybe they do, or did . . .

SDR

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:28 pm
by Roderick Grant
Post WWII generations are accustomed to interiors that banish shadows as if they are evil. Try to find a hint of shadow in the Anshen & Allen designs for Eichler. It's understandable that one so young might find the darkness of generations past, only recently introduced to the light bulb, disquieting.

One with so limited an exposure to Wright's architecture should not be writing about it without further education.

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:25 pm
by peterm
It's the mixture of a tiny bit of fact and a lot of feeling and opinion that has become the norm in so much online journalism.

The part that I find most disturbing is her statement that Wright's Prairie houses are so "conservative". Is she truly completely unaware of how radical they were for their time, or is she more concerned with establishing the groundwork for her "thesis"?

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:54 pm
by lang
I recently found this old article. The Author describes Wright's work as perverse and claustrophobic ! A house with floor to ceiling glass is claustrophobic? Really? Fortunately, a new addition allows one to " Experience a Wright house while not being condemned to live in one." Sounds like a hatchet job, rather than an informative article! http://swamplot.com/houstons-only-frank ... 010-11-24/[/code]

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:12 pm
by SREcklund
Let's see ... converting a Wright Usonian into a 7.5 bath, 11,000 sq ft behemoth and then complaining it's too big. There's a term for that ... that's right - horse's ass ...

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:52 am
by DRN
I've always liked the Bush/Thaxton/Arnold plan type and thought it was a livable house that was open to the outdoors with a measure of privacy. The addition to Arnold by Howe/TAA muddied the elegance of the plan for me, but I'm sure it made the house work for its owner in a seamless manner....I wish I could say the same for Thaxton. One wonders why the owner of Thaxton bought the house in the first place....they wanted a Wright designed "piece" in their front yard?