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Be sure not to miss this link from the article with some of the almost breathtaking photos available of the restoration...DavidC wrote:Torn-Down Tuesday: The ugly Darwin Martin House addition that saved the rest
Btw, the stone sculpture on the wall in the view from the East terrace is "Spring" by Richard Bock. The sculpture is a replica with the original at the Bock Museum at Greenville College, gifted by Martin's son in the 1940's. It was commissioned for the house, as was possibly a second sculpture,"Winter", of which no record exists of it being completed. Bock was very busy with Larkin at the time. The museum did not want to part with it, which the Martin Restoration Corporation well understood.
Agreed. Probably a "by the book" restoration thing. If not there at the target date, never existed-the holes beside the point... similar to the decision about the studio cantilever in Oak Park-even Lloyd disagreed with its removal!Roderick Grant wrote:I hope they restore the light fixtures on the dining room table. A lot of people dislike those fixtures. Even the Martins obviously didn't like them, since they removed them. But FLW put them there, and they should be restored.
The Martins assumed occupancy in 1905, although final details took completion into 1907, the targeted date of restoration. A letter to Wright's office from Martin in 1906 mentions the dining table having arrived, but is waiting for Wright's next visit before returning it to the Milwaukee manufacturer for "reconstruction". This never occurred if in reference to the lamps, and Martin lived with the holes. Although most likely removed before the restoration date, it was in close proximity to Fuermann's visit to photograph the house (minus the lamps) for the March 1908 Architectural Record. Certainly there's an argument to have restored them as part of the original design, but they were not accepted by the clients who personally removed them. An interesting question would be, if the original lamps surface, would they return them to the table or display them separately? They were never used by the Martins, but would still be of historical and monetary value.
I suppose it ended up fitting to having empty holes docents can point out to amuse tourists, being the only wart in the midst of such extravagance and beauty.
They were used, according to an interview with the Martin daughter. She claimed the heat of the bulbs caused the water in the flower bowls to boil! According to the family photo in Quinan (page 209) taken in 1907, she looks old enough to have had a clear memory of things, rather than a constructed memory.
I don't know about the dates involved, but if they were that picky, they were also inconsistent: According to Edgar Tafel, the skylight in the stair hall did not exist until he put it there in the 1960s. He didn't even know about the request for it from DDM, which FLW proposed with a sketch that was included in the Martin Papers. I don't recall if the sketch was dated, nevertheless, Martin did not follow through. As designed, there was to have been a brick grille added to the roof to conceal the skylight housing from view.
Establishing a target date makes sense, but to insist on it in all things is no more than a bureaucratic excuse. If such a date must be followed absolutely, the living room of the OP Home should be filled with the accoutrements shown in early photos, that include a polar bear rug and an upright piano. Although a bust of Beethoven wouldn't hurt.
I'm not aware of silver foil and assume it would have been restored if original. Some photos do show what could be a silver/gray plaster, but then others with the usual autumnal golds and greens.... may have something to do with photos showing different phases of application?