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However, I'm afraid we won't be able to attend the tour after all, due to airbnb's onerous security protocols. They require access to my computer to take a photo of myself (or download their app and take a photo through that). Uploading a date-stamped photo is not an option.
I overcame misgivings about giving them photos of my driver's license, but giving them access to my devices stopped me cold.
These protocols put MY security at risk. At least, it seems that way to me. And there doesn't seem to be anyone at airbnb to discuss this with. No customer support--just messaging, which was responded to by a "superhost" from Fortaleza.
It's wonderful that more and more Wright homes are entering the overnight-stay marketplace, giving ordinary folk the opportunity to live Usonian for a few days, but there must be a less invasive vetting process?
Doug (owner) and Tony (docent), if by any chance you are reading this... we would be thrilled to see the Meyer house on the appointed day and time... but sadly, airbnb has canceled the reservation. We are so sorry--and so appreciative of your efforts to open this beautiful house for others to enjoy.
If anyone can suggest a way around this roadblock, we would be very grateful
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I wrote this post in the vague hope that someone knows someone who can help me communicate directly with the owner of the Meyer House. We had a discussion over the Airbnb platform, but I don't have an email address. His privacy is well-protected!
There might be contractual obligations with airbnb that preclude any kind off-the-platform meet up, but Wright homeowners are largely a gracious and hospitable group who seem to enjoy sharing their home with appreciative guests. So I had to take a shot at making this happen the old-fashioned way
Humble student of the Master
"Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old." - Frank Lloyd Wright
I do understand the need for security, but that goes both ways. As Stan suggested, a compromise was in order here. But airbnb has no customer support numbers listed on their site.
Anyway, all's well that ends well. We are very grateful for the help... and for the opportunity to tour this remarkable home. The beauty shots are breathtaking! Can't wait to see it.
It was so easy to gain access to Freeman, just by contacting either Sam or Harriett ahead of time. They were very accommodating. But barging in without notice is inconsiderate, not to mention illegal.