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DavidC



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:09 am    Post subject: Article: Pope House Reply with quote

They begged Frank Lloyd Wright to build them a house they couldn’t afford


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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to be an accurate account. The story of Ned, however, is entirely new to me...

The headline, of course, is merely bizarre.

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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The headline does two disservice’s: it casts Loren Pope as a hapless star struck person willing to be reckless with his finances; further, it portrays Wright as the careless artist who is without regard for his client’s means. Headlines like this just perpetuate overly simplistic or inaccurate stereotypes of Wright and his clients. It is a shame as the article itself is rather good.

The Ned story is news to me as well, but it does help explain Pope’s emotions upon leaving the house for the last time as its owner.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loren Pope attended some of the early FLWBC events. He was an interesting gentleman. Hardly star struck. He was as perfect a client for FLW as ever there was.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pope told an interesting story at the Buffalo conference in the mid 90s.

One of the big complaints about the first relocation of the house was that it changed the compass orientation, thus destroying Wright's calculated lighting effects over the course of the day or the year. I asked him if he hated this as much as some did. He replied that they never built it to Wright's orientation in the first place. The builders walked around the lot with the drawings and promptly announced that they couldn't do it. After considering various rotations they hit on one that was buildable and proceeded with the job.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That important anecdote in turn invites inspection of and reflection on the subsequent relocations...?

That is, to find one spot on the original site that actually suited Wright's choice of floor data now seems a miracle; to have found two further
sites that could accommodate the design properly seems next to impossible---without some modification of the terrain, in one or both cases.

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jay



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Headlines like this just perpetuate overly simplistic or inaccurate stereotypes of Wright and his clients. It is a shame as the article itself is rather good.


While the editors used to write most of the headlines, I wonder if there's not some sort of SEO-focused algorithm that generates them now?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The orientation of FLW's work is belabored. Look at Jacobs I and Palmer. In both cases, the houses were flipped, one to accommodate a new lot, the other on the same lot. No alteration to the plans were made.
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