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original owners still living in their Wright designed homes. The
Reisley, Christian and George Lewis House's are the primary focus with
brief mentions of Tracy and Rubin. The former three receive interior
and exterior photographic coverage as well.
shown as desert rubblestone. If so, this was obviously changed
at some point to the brick that we see today.
This brings a couple of questions to mind. Other than the recently constructed Massaro, would this be the northernmost location for a design using rubblestone. It would seem this material wouldn't be particularly suitable in climates subject to freeze/thaw cycles.
The shuffling of materials seems fairly commonplace in Wright's work:
usually shifting to cheaper materials in the interest of economy. Stone
to brick, brick to block, etc. The only example I recall that went the
other way is the Pew House, which apparently was originally proposed
in brick and eventually built of stone.
Anyone out there with any info or comments they'd care to share?
Both the Bott House and Chahroudi Cottage used desert rubblestone
in locations with hard winter weather. The question of unbuilt proposals
using the rubblestone method remains on the table. Also, how have
these stood up to the winter weather over the years?