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Tom
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Post by Tom »

Nice series of photographs.
Question occured to me: The exterior boards,
(- the issue may have been discussed in another thread.)
They are either painted or stained
Look heavily stained to me - not a bad look in these shots.
But wondering what the consensus judgement is among us who pay attention on WrightChat concerning the preferred finish for a Usonian?
What is the opinion regarding the following:
1.) If I am correct Wright specified unfinished exterior boards for all Usonians.
2.) This proves inadequate and impractical unless owner has annual maintenance program.
3.) Finally, how does one argue for the best exterior finish for a Usonian; visual or maintenance priorities?
"taste is less important than non-conformity"
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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Check out the photos in Hitchcock, plates 360-3. The exterior appears extremely light. (Also note in the interior photo, the chesterfield couch!)

outside in
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Post by outside in »

From what I can gather, Wright thought the cypress should be left to age naturally to a gray color, as seen at Wingspread. Trouble is, Wingspread regularly switches out boards that have deteriorated. The best long-term solution is to apply a stain of some type to preserve the wood. Wright would probably not approve, but if one wants to preserve "fabric", there really is no other choice.

Tom
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Post by Tom »

Thank you
"taste is less important than non-conformity"
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Tom
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Post by Tom »

Fixed glass between piers - strikes me as unusual.
Would have thought them to be opening french doors.
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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Tom, as you can see from the Hitchcock photo, which was probably the first to be published, there were originally French doors designed and installed.
When they were replaces with fixed glass, or why, I don't know.

Paul Ringstrom
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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Tom wrote:Fixed glass between piers - strikes me as unusual.
Would have thought them to be opening french doors.
The current owner has plans to replace the fixed glass and replace with the doors on the blueprints. The only problem I see with this is that it will make an already dark living room darker.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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