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DavidC
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For sale: Iber House - Plover, WI

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Looks like it has been nicely taken care of...
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Post by Roderick Grant »

All the Erdman Houses I've seen seem to be in fine shape, altered very little, if at all. Cass was horribly decorated by earlier owners (kept off the FLWBC house tour in 2002 for that reason), but in recent years, new owners have fixed that one as well.

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An octagonal table on a hexagonal rug. Tsk ! :D

I'm sorry, but these houses will always be "cut-rate Wright" at best, to me -- a sort of sell-out to popular taste, akin to the Heritage Henredon furniture. They aren't orphans, of course -- just "the poor relations" . . . ?

Just don't say that to someone with a tangible interest in one !

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Sequoia
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Post by Sequoia »

Looks like the Eppstein house is no longer the least expensive Wright house on the market. The table and rug don't seem to be nailed down and are of little concern. The river adjacent to the property would concern me more. Nice area near Stevens Point.

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Post by peterm »

This house redecorated could look fantastic. Everything seems to be in tiptop shape, original bathrooms and kitchens intact. The lower level was clearly done later, but with over 4000 square feet, is that such a drawback? It might be a great opportunity to do something creative with it, either meticulously remodel it to match the upstairs, or "do your own thing"...

What an opportunity!

I would love to see photos of the garden now that spring has sprung...

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SDR wrote:An octagonal table on a hexagonal rug. Tsk ! :D

I'm sorry, but these houses will always be "cut-rate Wright" at best, to me -- a sort of sell-out to popular taste, akin to the Heritage Henredon furniture. They aren't orphans, of course -- just "the poor relations" . . . ?

Just don't say that to someone with a tangible interest in one !

SDR
I think they were what they were - an attempt (once again) by Wright to bring good architecture to the masses. And, like his earlier attempts, the effort was unsuccessful.

I notice a red tile embedded in the fireplace - anyone know the story?
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SDR
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A red what, Stan ?

The ruffled drapery in the bedrooms is/are hilarious. The garage-under-a-carport is handsome, on the other hand.

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SDR wrote:A red what, Stan ?
That was supposed to say "red tile". I know some Erdmans got them, but I've never seen one embedded in a fireplace ...

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I'm sorry, but these houses will always be "cut-rate Wright" at best, to me -- a sort of sell-out to popular taste, akin to the Heritage Henredon furniture. They aren't orphans, of course -- just "the poor relations" . . . ?


While I agree the proportions of the Erdman Prefabs depart from Wright's norm, and thus appear "different" from the balance of his work in this period, I prefer to look at them in a different context. These houses were not designed for a specific client or site, and for the sake of economy and consistency in different locales, "off the shelf" items, most notably Andersen awning windows, in a size that was either selected by Wright, or specified by Erdman became the generator for the house's organizing grid. The rationale for these houses was to bring thoughtful design to a wider population. Wright in essence showed how standard catalog items could be used by a good architect to make architecture in a tract house.

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