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DavidC



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:30 pm    Post subject: Article: Blue Sky Mausoleum - Buffalo, NY Reply with quote

Blue Sky Mausoleum


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Brad157



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is beautiful.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So those aren't steps? That's where the bodies go?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Matt, that's where one rests eternally, as close to Utopia as one can get.

This project has been subject to criticism in the past, but I don't see anything wrong with it at all.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The monolith is somewhat overbearing, but the treatment of the tombs cascading down the slope is intriguing. The tombs in each section appear to either decrease in length as they ascend, or are symmetrical and canted away from the center steps. No matter, this subtle "fan" effect is an effective way of softening and minimizing what otherwise could appear to be quite rigid for the intended purpose.
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My understanding of this project, based on Jack Quinan's Buffalo book, is that the version that was build was the first of two. The second is, I think, a bit more refined. He mentions a full model that was made of version two and also a photo of the model. He describes the photo, so I know he's seen it, but it wasn't published. Anyone got a copy?
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pmahoney
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: versions of Blue Sky Mausoleum Reply with quote

There were three distinct versions of the Blue Sky Mausoleum designed by Wright for which drawings still exist for. When I researched the project for a local history publication I realized that based upon Wright's letters to the Martins there was likely a fourth scheme for a small cremation chapel. (Patrick Meehan notes it in one of his books) That missing scheme was never sent to the Martins for consideration as they ruled out the possibility of cremations for the family.

The version built was based upon the second of the surviving schemes (the first and second schemes were somewhat similar). The second scheme was fully dimensioned and chosen due to the completeness of the drawings.

All the schemes and photos of the model were published in my article for Western New York Heritage Magazine (Volume 7, Number 4, winter of 2005)
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pmahoney, thank you very much for that information. I'll track down a copy; it sounds exactly like what I'm looking for.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A colored perspective of one of the 3 versions of Blue Sky was part of the Martin collection auctioned off in Hollywood in 1984, along with the correspondence and plans of subsidiary buildings at Graycliff. It was that auction that eventually led to the establishment of the Conservancy.

As I dimly recall, that version of Blue Sky was simple in the extreme.
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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The version I'm interested in was probably the most elaborate. It had a half hexagon wall at the top and some half hex steps at the bottom. I thought it felt a little more contained than what was actually built.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Sky_Mausoleum









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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps the final volumes of the Monograph set, containing preliminary studies, is a source for additional material on the project(s) ?

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Meisolus



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR, that final design is the one I like. I think the wall and hexagonal form contain it in a pleasing way. I'm hoping to get a copy of the article that pmahoney published which sounds like it has all the info one could want.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No such luck, SDR. Volumes 9, 10 and 11 have much to offer, but no mention of Blue Sky.
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