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DavidC



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:05 pm    Post subject: Article: Proposal for unbuilt FLW wedding chapel in Buffalo Reply with quote

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed wedding chapel set for Buffalo Grand Hotel


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=11500

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"At Sandoro's suggestion, Stinson and his architect – Patrick Mahoney of Lauer-Manguso & Associates – contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and its affiliated School of Architecture. The foundation no longer licenses the use of Wright plans but did not object to Stinson using the chapel design 'as an inspiration.' "

What does that mean ... that from now on anything Wright designed can be freely used as an "inspiration"? How would that be better than the previous licensing agreements, during witch the Foundation retained at least some control over Wright's work.
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frank Lloyd Wright wedding chapel expected to be approved for Buffalo Grand


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has always been the case that artists and architects have been inspired in their creativity by the world around them. I doubt that this can be legislated or licensed.

We have numerous contemporary buildings in Mason City that were inspired by Mr. Wright's architecture both in this town and elsewhere.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The chapel will also include rooms and a hallway from a Wright-designed and now greatly altered home in Minneapolis, purchased from the company that did major demolition. The rooms will be for bridal prep."

Olfelt Recycled!?
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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Developer Henry Stinson:
"It also sort of reinforces the idea of the hotel as a destination for events," said Stinson.
"The other thing is that it's such an architectural landmark.
It's a selfie place and that's something very important to buildings now.
Pictures.
People don't read anything anymore. They look at pictures.
They take a selfie and this would be a perfect one for it."
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selfies taken in great works of architecture or on natural sites that are spectacular, like the Grand Canyon, are better if the selves are left out of them.
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I the only one who thinks this looks horrible? I mean, really horrible? It isn't the chapel and it isn't the hotel, but the two together don't match at all.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps this is a case where, if the owners want to make a new space, they should design one. This proposal is analogous to attaching a Fabergé Egg to a GE microwave oven...or something.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
This proposal is analogous to attaching a Fabergé Egg to a GE microwave oven...or something.


Le mot juste!
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outside in



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine the architect is having fun looking through old drawings and doing his best to replicate what's shown. Ultimately the "proof's in the pudding" and the ability to associate the work with Wright will depend on how well its executed. One only has to refer to the horrible execution of the Massaro House to see what happens when done wrong.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The design wasn't a match for the Claremont either.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a good point - and can probably be used as one of the reasons why it wasn't built in the first place. FLW was great at new buildings, but "sensitive additions" (what we call them today) was not his forte', and was probably not interested in them.
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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2019 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't a match for the Claremont for sure. But at least it seemed to float on its own alone. One got the impression it was a separate pavilion with a small attachment to the main building. It also felt a bit more like a garden structure. Not so here.
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