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I wonder what stone floors would have done for the interiors, including the big circular living space. Either random slates or a random-coursed array of stone tiles would have been a fitting alternative, as I see it, for such large surfaces. I suppose there are owners who aren't happy with anything but wall-to-wall carpet.
Can't designers see that introducing a rectangular grid such as a tiled floor can negate the spacial characteristics of houses such as Wright's ? The recently-viewed Kinney example is just one among many examples . . .
Allen Lape ("Davy") Davison designed this house, but even the initial construction represented a profoundly diminished fulfillment of his admirable vision and skillful effort. I don't know the details of how the project came to be reduced in scope and, to some extent quality, in the manner that it did, but Davy was in fragile and declining health, and the trajectory for a worthy realization readily slipped out of his control. Maybe Rood could provide some perspective on that, but perhaps we'd best leave it alone. Sadly, I fear it was an undeserved, very unhappy chapter for Davy, coming near the end of his life.
Davy planned no tile floor finish for the Entry. Although it was much nicer at first than what we see now as carpeting, Davy had intended none--floor finish was to be colored concrete, and the Living Room fireplace didn't have the raised hearth. Perhaps that was someone's later effort to reduce opening size and thereby improve the draw of smoke up the chimney.
There are more particulars on this earlier thread:
http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... light=davy
See lots 359,360,364,365 for the May 2003 auction.
A great house to say the least, even with the compromises it has suffered.