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Tim



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:17 pm    Post subject: Wright Owner Wall of Fame Reply with quote

Suggestion...

What if FLW home owners were catalogued here and their stories captured. It would make excellent reading. But more importantly, it would be a great resource for future owners, especially if restoration efforts were documented and best practices noted. Key details could be kept private at the owners preferences. And only released to trusted and relevant audiences (architect hired to restore such and such building and the renovation costs would be informative and not just juicy info).
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is true that there are far fewer client-authored books -- or indeed books of any kind -- on individual Wright houses, from every period of the career, than one might expect . . .

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Tim



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking they could be captured on this site.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most interesting and relevant stories would come from his original clients, almost all of whom are no longer living. There are a few, such as Roland Reisley, who has already written a book, and there are some children of clients who grew up in the houses, such as the Bergers, who might have interesting stories to tell ... although they may not always be credible. (A daughter of Darwin Martin claimed the light fixtures were removed from the dining room table because the light bulb caused the water in the vases to boil and kill the flowers!) It would likely be a difficult thing to organize in such a way as to collect valuable evidence that could be used to restore buildings, but could be worth a try.
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Tim



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://miloandthecalf.com/the-bq-questionnaire/
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Tim



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
https://miloandthecalf.com/the-bq-questionnaire/


I see value in past and recent experiences. The more the better. The deeper the better. This website documents Boston Marathon runners. It's interesting, and there is much to be learned.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the very least, all the reminiscences and memoirs that have so far been published -- and perhaps a few that lie dormant in student papers, etc ? -- could be collected in one volume . . . ?

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Reidy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Conservancy has sponsored many such presentations at its conferences over the years, and presumably the documentation from those presentations is still around. The newsletter has run a few in print and many more practical-advice technical stories.

The memoir part of the owner-restorer accounts could be of enough general interest to support a book. The technical part is worth keeping in a repository, preferably public and digital, but I doubt that it would be commercial. The Conservancy's Building Owner Resources section of the site, to which I don't have access, may be just such a repository.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is my understanding the Conservancy has, and is gradually expanding, its library of Wright related books including published homeowner accounts at its office in Chicago. In theory, homeowners and building owners can have limited access to these items.

The SaveWright website has a limited access section for homeowners and building owners for information sharing that should not be out in the open.

As to current homeowner stories of restoration efforts, I suppose this thread might be a good place to link some long running sagas over the last decade or so:

Dobkins House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=58419&sid=31e1ae9457ccef48832987d7944ea12d

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3663&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=dobkins&start=0&sid=70d0a4dd957f38f22257b7c1280245fc

Lamberson House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3448&highlight=lamberson&sid=70d0a4dd957f38f22257b7c1280245fc

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3206&highlight=lamberson&sid=70d0a4dd957f38f22257b7c1280245fc

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=4413&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=0b17e81c4744f659f418412a0da75e94

Ross House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=4594&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=494cce27aae0a7ebcb26cead26d7d3f5

Adams House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=5662

Sweeton House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=8227&sid=0e24a85cb040eb7b4a16bdc6b3cedd8b

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=6346&highlight=sweeton&sid=0b17e81c4744f659f418412a0da75e94

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=7523&highlight=sweeton&sid=0b17e81c4744f659f418412a0da75e94

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=9422&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=sweeton&start=0&sid=0b17e81c4744f659f418412a0da75e94

McCartney House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=6715&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=d9122fddc001b28318bce97e8e077732

Fredrick House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=7669&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15&sid=7e6cee1fee9bef60330f236b218e1af0

Davenport House:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=26562&sid=a3d8c2014e42d52026bb4b7931fa2864

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=10675&sid=83a5cbdd166d3e334c005c2c51733f7c

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=10661&sid=ffa538d220598f78e25927a28b0a56cc

Boulter House:
https://www.wrightboulter.com/


Willey House:
http://www.thewilleyhouse.com/

A number of owners chimed in on bathroom renovations in Usonians:

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=3323&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0&sid=fd7f22c86e0376f2b55867168e84428c


Others?
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