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However, the studio was designed for Mr. M.R. Lowell, not for Webster Tomlinson. Wright and Tomlinson were briefly partners, apparently during 1901-02. Both were architects. See the fourth paragraph down:
Every Architect that I personally knew that fell into the great and near-great category could draw really, really well. By draw I mean manually produce great hand sketches of ideas, concepts, details, designs, etc. Being able to produce computer renderings is not remotely close to the value of being able to manually draw well for an Architect to produce high quality architectural works and projects.
My Dear Mr. Lowell:
We never submit competitive sketches. We offer this suggestion in your case, however, as a compliment to your son whose work I admire very much. If the suggestion is valuable, you are welcome to it. You ask what it would be likely to cost, and of course it would be a mere guess with any architect,- there are so many unknown factors. You are probably as good a judge as I am,- say, $1000.00. If you want us to carry out the design with details, we would charge you $100.00 for complete plans.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Mr. M. H. Lowell,
January 30, 1901.
These may help. I read these in the building's interior -goffmachine wrote:I can bearly read anything.
I think I see the words main light near big window and also porch.
and studio.also fireplace. and seat..
can anyone else make out the writing?
I would love to make a clearer sketch of it if I could know more of the deatils.
"20 x 20 studio"
"Possible __ __"
Im guesing those are thin wood walls inside. separating the toilet from large space and also reception area?
Im wondering what FLLW work from the same era would be a good reference for cosmetics such as the window details and cross lacice leaded windows?
The note doesn't appear in "Apprentice to Genius," nor are the names Lowell and Tomlinson found in the index. Keep looking . . . ?
The sketch in the note is a nice one. Not all of Mr Wright's sketches were meant for viewing outside the studio; the ugly little example below could have been made to inform Marion Mahony of his intentions for her drawing of Cheney, as the point of view is virtually identical to that of her masterful perspective (although the details of the front wall are not). Wright's estimation of his own work apparently permitted him to include the scribble in his late A Testament (p 52) -- where he calls it the "first sketch":
Goffmachine, possible precedents for form and/or detail include the early Unitarian Chapel design of 1887 or the Winslow Stable of 1892; following the Lowell sketch would be the Hillside Home School of 1902.
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