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by DavidC

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by Reidy
This one links in turn to another interesting article. Deed restrictions say that the house can only be used as a residence. This may make the question moot. ... -deed.html

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Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:29 am
by SREcklund
It just never ends ...
"Craig Steblay, president of the Arcadia Camelback Neighborhood Association, said tours were never the primary concern of the neighborhood. He said the association wants to see the plans scaled back to an educational venue."
I concur with Mr. Steblay - it's always been the "infotainment" events that were planned that bothered me. Hopefully, this agreement will lead to proper restoration and respect for the site - and not a 25K sq-ft entertainment center ...

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:03 pm
by DRN
Arizona State University — or another school — could end up locating architectural programs and research at a Phoenix home designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
This should be carefully orchestrated. Bruce Goff's Joe Price Studio in Bartlesville, OK was deeded to OU for this purpose and the result was minimal maintenance, part-time occupancy, followed by arson and sale for redevelopment as McMansions.

Vanessa Hickman, Rawling’s attorney, has also written city officials asking that a historic preservation designation application that was to be considered tomorrow by Phoenix City Council be delayed until December.
Why should this be delayed? If the intent in any scenario is long term preservation, the historic designation is key. Owners are mortal or may lose their fortunes, heirs and creditors may not care about historic properties, this should be in place.

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:24 pm
by Roderick Grant
Don't be too quick to jump on this bandwagon. USC owns the Freeman House, and ever since they took over, it has been a disaster. Of course, the '94 earthquake didn't help, but for 8 years before, and ever since, the house has been little more than a ruin. SUNY Buffalo was also a bad steward of the Martin House. Educational institutions seem to be bad at taking care of architectural treasures. If Rawling goes forward with this plan, he must tread very carefully.

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:52 pm
by Duncan
And don't forget the Robie House was almost torn down when it was owned by the Chicago Theological Seminary and later by the University of Chicago. And its only in the last few years that Florida Southern University has begun to reverse the damage they did to their buildings for half a century.

Universities' job is education. As much as we might want to think, education and preservation are not the same. When the choice comes between a new professorship and a new roof, the professorship wins.

The neighbors will rue their actions if this is the outcome.

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:46 pm
by SDR
For those of us not horrified by the idea of a Wright-design replica, would the David Wright residence be seen as an appropriate candidate for replication ?

How about a second copy of the design, built on land not subject to suburban build-out or other encroachment. Imagine the house, oriented identically to the original and with the same surroundings and backdrop, as it appeared when the orange grove surrounded the building site (David's "lawn") as Wright envisioned and encountered it, with the original (lack of) landscaping, including the contested low wall extending from the house. Imagine a full-scale structure intended as a non-habitable venue for the study and enjoyment of this unique Wright opus.

The act of reconstruction might be an opportunity for students and teachers at Taliesin West to mount a study and presentation project. Further knowledge of Wright's design, and the realities of its realization, would be just one of the expected benefits, along with opportunities for specialists in the various crafts to learn and to demonstrate. The result, in any event, would be a celebration of the design -- no doubt benefitting Taliesin and the Foundation, at least -- and an opportunity for Wrightians of all persuasions to come together over a significant rebirth.

Imagine the house dressed as Wright and his draftsman envisioned it . . .



. . . even for a season, or a special event. A permanent structure can be employed in a number of ways, over time -- given freedom from the restrictions inherent in private ownership.

I haven't searched for precedents of such an object, anywhere in the world. How about the reconstruction of the Barcelona Pavilion; are there lessons to be learned from that example of architectural recreation ?