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Mark Hertzberg



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Tafel's Hamilton House in Racine Reply with quote

Joshua Drew is preparing to sell Edgar Tafel's Hamilton House in Racine. It was on last year's Wright and Like. Message me to let him know if you know anyone interested. He does not want to show the house just to show it...interested people only, please.
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Tim



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark, you've been a great advocate for and caretaker of Racine.
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Mark Hertzberg



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's kind of you. Thanks.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/usonian4001/sets/72157641909531403/

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=8031&highlight=tafel&sid=e16095609bdbc56734fc46b01f9560af

Great house! Joshua has impeccable taste and an impressive collection.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be sure to hit "open house tour" on the Apartment Therapy piece . . .

What a honey. Wouldn't it be lovely to acquire the house furnished ?

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very handsome house. Tafel also addressed the siting perfectly, allowing the setback from the main street, pushing the garage as close to the sidewalk on the side street as possible, creating a sequestered corner off the bedroom wing.

I would, however, have to get rid of that prosaic portrait of Betty Windsor and replace it with Annie Liebovitz's.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4001-Haven-Ave_Racine_WI_53405_M87062-89202#photo3
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always fun to see the work of someone who "got it" ... Edgar certainly did.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin-like brick. Even the vertical joints look filled.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad to see missing bricks at the garage opening. Maybe that's to match the raggedy-edged chimney breast ?

Exterior paint color is perfect. Painted wood isn't the worst sin, is it ?

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peterm



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still for sale. Open house today!:

https://www.shorewest.com/homes/1530754_METRO-4001_Haven_Ave-Racine-WI-53405-2328#.WZBZ7UFOmEc
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loo tee



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To paraphrase the Master, this house shows the difference between taking the coupon or insisting upon the whole bond.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/06/zerocouponregularbond.asp

Quite so. Yet this "coupon bond" is so much closer to the heart of the matter than are most residences of a similar size, that one could be forgiven for paying a "second-hand compliment" to the Master, by inhabiting it . . . ?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks quite livable, inhabiting the space between Usonia and a well designed, vernacular, midwestern ranch house. It also looks as though Tafel might have worked within some budget constraints.

Is it possible that the kitchen is original? Those cabinets don't quite look like 1949 to me.

I love that fireplace...
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kitchen cabinetry looks like something from about 10 years (at least) later than the construction of the house. Cupboards without hardware were popular in the late 50s and early 60s; I don't recall seeing them as early as '49. But the Hamilton Beach Mixer looks original.
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