Article: Drummond / Robinson house faces demo

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DavidC
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Article: Drummond / Robinson house faces demo

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SDR
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Post by SDR »

Take a tour of the street yourself, to see what a cohesive neighborhood looks like.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/747+W ... 87.8096315

It really doesn't matter what style is present; it's the variety of house designs which nevertheless conform to a given style's parameters -- and to a shared scale -- which makes the block special.

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Post by DRN »

Isn’t this one of the houses WAStorrer claims is designed by Wright?

DavidC
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Post by DavidC »

DRN wrote:Isn’t this one of the houses WAStorrer claims is designed by Wright?
(from: 700 William Street Page):

'#3. Which includes 25 of 26 houses in the 700 block of William Street.. Interior details of the William Street houses are of several artistic signatures, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright, Harry Robinson and John Wright. No way they were bootlegged by Robinson with all these other signatures present. Wright was anathema in River Forest, adjacent to Oak Park where Catherine Tobin Wright remained the wife of a cheating husband and Edwin Cheney was adopting children to replace the ones he lost when his wife and children burned to death in the Taliesin fire. But Wright was not anathema to developers who knew good architecture. Midway Gardens is the first and most obvious proof of that. Harry Hogans would have known Wright from Unity Temple, as well as through his real estate agent E A Cummings, whose Wright-designed office, S.112, was only a few block away from William Street at the northwest corner of Lake and Harlem. Hogans knew a good thing architecturally, and Wright was working out of his office in Orchestra Hall, a good, safe distance from River Forest. Harry Robinson could carry out the on-site supervision without calling attention to Wright’s authorship of the project."


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Post by SDR »

Heh. Well, #747 seems from the street to have been designed in a way that would throw almost anyone off the Wright scent !

Does anyone have further photos of this house ? The pictures on the Storrer page don't open, for me.

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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

"The Anonymous Frank Lloyd Wright and the 700 William Street, River Forest Project" by Storrer has only a single photo of the street façade and a floor plan. This is much like the countless houses being built throughout America at the time. Absolutely nothing special about it.

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