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The massive nature of the house and its physical condition over the years has masked its importance, I feel. When fully restored it will certainly attain its deserved stature. Jack Quinan's point about the "portraiture" this house embodies is obvious given the visual link to the Larkin Building and its importance to both Martin and Wright. Look at all those bricks!! I would not suspect Larkin will be rebuilt anytime soon. Click in a new window for detail.
BTW, photobucket.com (thanks to my daughter) is an easy way to post photos on boards, eBay, etc.. As far as I know, images have to be on a server to be displayed here. And its free.
Thanks for posting the photos. As a native Buffalonian I have been visiting the house each time I am in town and am very excited for what is being done.
Not sure why someone feels compelled to complain about a free, photo-posting service - I'd rather have an image to see than nothing at all. I mean, really, you have to create a log-in to use ANY free, web based service (including this site).
Keep those photos coming
jackless wrote:Could you rebuild Martin today in total for that amount? Extremely doubtful....
They no longer estimate a final cost or timeline. They are committed to a 100% accurate restoration, no matter the cost or time. The last estimate I heard at the house was over $35,000,000 and about 10 years! Darwin Martin was a VERY rich man, and if nothing else those unbelievable figures are indicative of the expense that went into the original complex.
The Barton House (current tour center and gift shop) gets little of that money since it has been taken care of beautifully over the years and needs little restotation.
They also own the gardeners cottage, with no current plan to put in on the tour. The people that sold it are still living there.
Also, the new tour center and gift shop are a a perfect example of appropriate design alongside a Wright site. The simple genius of an inverted prairie hip roof with transparent walls works beautifully. It also collects and stores rain water for the anticipated conservatories and gardens. The plans also call for a geothermal plant.
The progress can be seen in real time video at www.lpciminelli.com
My understanding is that they were originally detailed as shown. Also, it is a "gutter within a gutter". Due to the immense shedding of water and pitch required, Wright placed a "real" gutter within an outer gutter which was installed level. The corner concrete drains (no down spouts) at grade level are almost 4' square.pharding wrote:Those straps can't be Wright.