Photos from Conservancy Minneapolis event (and more)

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DavidC
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Photos from Conservancy Minneapolis event (and more)

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Here are some photos of the homes that my wife and I saw on our trip to the Conservancy's recent Minneapolis tour.


On our drive up we had the opportunity to visit two Wright homes:

Christian House

Laurent House


The tour in Minneapolis (and surrounds) consisted of both Wright homes and some non-Wright designs:

Christ Church Lutheran - Eliel Saarinen

Willey House - Wright

Shepard House - Ralph Rapson

Fry House - Close Associates

Neils House - Wright

Olfelt House - Wright

Goodale House - John Howe

Davis House Philip Johnson

Johnson House John Howe


Then, on Sunday a few of us did an unofficial side tour, of which I only have pictures from two of the homes (perhaps others have more?):

Modernist House

DeMaster House


We also had the pleasure of getting to spend time with many good folks on the tour (in no particular order): Wrightgeek, Paul Ringstrom and his wife, Wrighter and his wife, Eric Saed, Scott Perkins, more than a few Wright Chat lurkers (Mark, John and others - you know who you are!) and some people we had met before at other Wright homes and functions.

The highlights for my wife and I were: meeting original homeowners in their houses (Dr. Christian, the Laurents and the Olfelts), the Willey House - a truly wonderful home and an equally amazing restoration, and getting to spend time with the many good, knowledgeable and giving Wright enthusiasts we encountered.


David

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Post by Eric Saed »

Likewise, it was a pleasure meeting you, and thank you for taking so many excellent photographs!

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Thank you. Willey is such a wonderful design and restoration. Is the gray exterior stain the original color?
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Post by DavidC »

Thanks for the kind words.
pharding wrote:Is the gray exterior stain the original color?
According to the Willey House Restoration Journal (Fall 2004 - see page eight) <---PDF file, "Cabots light grey stain was applied, both transparent and solid were used in a 50/50 mix, to achieve the original effect. As sad as it was to cover the pristine natural wood of new doors, sanded fascia and trellis, the fresh coat of stain brings the somber palette in line with Wright’s explicit instructions."


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Post by Wrighter »

First, thanks to TNguy for sharing his photographs. I've got some photos of the Rabson house in the woods that I'll post here later.

Second, I'll second TNguy's thoughts regarding the weekend. It was great to meet and spend time with a number of Wright chat folks during this event. A very fine weekend, all the way around.

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Seeing Willey in such fine condition fills my heart with joy. Sometimes it seems the effort to save all these gems is too much of an uphill battle, but when a masterpiece like Willey is restored with such care, it makes it all worthwhile.

Years ago, in my religious youth, I used to attend Saarinen's Christ Church, mostly for the architecture and Bach. Great building.

In my opinion, Goodall is Jack Howe at his absolute best.

Tnguy, is Johnson's Davis House a new name for the Rosen House in Edina? Is it the one with the Gehry guest house in the back?

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Roderick Grant wrote:Tnguy, is Johnson's Davis House a new name for the Rosen House in Edina? Is it the one with the Gehry guest house in the back?
The Richard Davis House is in Wayzata and was built in 1952 for the then director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Davis House did have the Gehry Guest House, but it was dismantled not too long ago and moved to St. Thomas University's retreat center in Owatoona, MN and put into storage - w/ no immediate plans for reassembly. The second owners had sold the property to a developer who sub-divided the original 11 acres into three plots, with the main house and guest house being on differing plots. The current owners have done a restoration of the main house.


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Post by KevinW »

Thanks so much for posting all these great photos.
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Willey/Laurent

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What is the room in the Willey House with alll the red upholstery? Is it an original space?

Has anyone done an oral history with Mr. Laurents? It seems to be a gem of a house, but many questions come to mind. I see the same armchair as Mr Wright suggested for the Weltzheimer house (with a few modifications) and wonder if it was designed at the same time as the house and who built it. I also wonder about the draperies--are they original?

Great Pictures!

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Post by DavidC »

The room in Willey w/ the red is non-original. It is the storage space over the garage that the current owner re-habbed to use as office/meeting space. It's very sympathetic to the rest of the home.

Here is some information on the storage space from the restoration journal that they kept. <--- PDF file


According to Mr. Laurent, there is a book being written about the home and it's history. He told us that he's been pretty meticulous over time in keeping records and information about it. And that he and his wife given a lot of their history, as well.

I don't know the history of the chair. Both houses (Weltzheimer and Laurent) were commissioned within a year of one another. He told me that all the fabrics have been replaced about three times, so I would guess that the draperies may have been, too.


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Post by Roderick Grant »

Unbrook, assuming the chair you refer to is the one with the sloping arms, FLW used variations of that for Staley and David Wright. Others, anyone? I've sat in one of them somewhere, can't remember offhand, and it's a very comfortable chair.

The space over the Willey garage always intrigued me. Good use of a space otherwise useful only for storage.

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Post by D. Shawn Beckwith »

David, Thanks for all the great photos.
Sitting in a living room chair under the skylight at the Willey is an incredible spacial, soothing feeling.
Steve, Lynette, Stafford and Joshua did place a whole lot of love in their work.

D. Shawn Beckwith
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Also Nancy Boyd Willey's proxy grandchild

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