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For sale: Ted Bower house in Usonia, NY

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject: For sale: Ted Bower house in Usonia, NY Reply with quote

Usonian classic by Frank Lloyd Wright acolyte hits the market for $1.3m


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice house in desperate need of a landscaping plan.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting... the only house I'm aware of by Bower in Usonia was a much smaller house incorporating a similar domed section as the primary element. Bower had a successful career, but the house frankly, was a more experimental in nature than satisfying first work (?) by this contentious apprentice.

If this is the same house, the additions could have been made by Bower much later or possibly even by someone else.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helps to read the article! Remodeled by Aaron Reisner.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are two Bower-designed houses (did he build them too ?) at Usonia:







© 2001 by Roland Reisley and by Princeton Architectural Press
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Scheinbaum house today:


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The greatly expanded Scheinbaum House looks fine, but in so doing, the signature element of the original house is reduced in stature. I would count that as a flaw. A similar situation obtained for the Sondern House when Adler expanded it: A perfectly orderly plan became confused. Had Sondern asked Wright for a house the size of Sondern-Adler, FLW would not have designed what ultimately became of it. A case of 'leave well enough alone.' A similar thing happened to both Keland and Rayward-Shepherd.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Wrightian purists---or simply as historic-building conservationists---we would prefer that owners requiring more interior space move on to other quarters
. . . or, failing that, build a detached or semi-detached structure on the property, in a sympathetic grammar or vocabulary (I'm still confused by the terminology).

Sadly, that doesn't happen very often . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hanna, Davis and Wall seem to have done a good job of expanding without interfering with the original. Sondern probably would've been an impossible house to enlarge gracefully.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. We might draw a distinction between those houses enlarged by Wright, by TAA, and by others---but Wright did the deed at Sondern, and look what it got us. A very similar scenario obtains at Rosenbaum, I guess ?

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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be good to have a plan. The aerial view shows Bowers's original hexagonal core---but the
wing projecting toward the street seems to have been truncated, while the addition(s) on the down-
hill side of the structure match what's seen in the new photos.
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