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Video: AD German Warehouse - Richland Center, WI

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:29 pm    Post subject: Video: AD German Warehouse - Richland Center, WI Reply with quote

The conservancy restoring the AD German Warehouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has cause for celebration this holiday season.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AD German Warehouse - [15:31]


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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A labor of love, this video production. While a writer is not credited, I assume that the narration is the work of someone who assembled the information and presented it as a memoir in the voice of Albert Dell German, who died in 1945 -- drawn in part, perhaps, from writings of Mr German ?

There are lots of unique images here, including perhaps the first published drone photography of the building, as well as close-up shots of decorative concrete elements. And I wonder if we don't see an addition by Wright to German's first masonry warehouse -- an early carport ?


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Help in restoration of this gem should be a priority of the Conservancy. While the archives are safe at Columbia and MoMA, they are far afield for many interested in FLW's legacy. With Taliesin just a short trip away, AD German is a prime spot for a FLW Center.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, the first A D German warehouse is attached to its more famous sibling:

http://www.adgermanwarehouse.org/first-german-warehouse.html

. . . and the "carport" turns out to be an entrance shelter.





Wright ? Perhaps not. But the lineage is obvious . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That row of windows doesn't look original, either.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, a $30,000 project becomes a $150,000 building, unfinished according to its owner -- who nevertheless defends the extra cost of its elaborate crown. Another satisfied Wright client . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Albert Dell German shall live on as long as his warehouse bears his name.
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Randolph C. Henning



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed the video. Unfortunately, it has factual errors, the most significant of which was stated that the original design included a tea house, retail shops, and a gallery for local artists. That couldn't be further from the truth. Wright's plans clearly and simply provided for only a cold-storage warehouse with business transactions to take place for same on the street level floor. The annex was part of the original plans but was not identified as to its use. It is speculated that it was most likely for German's sister to act as a music studio, but it was never finished. So that would have been the building's only non-warehouse related use.

I completed my Master's thesis on an adaptive reuse project for the ADGW in 1980. The new proposed uses I presented for the warehouse included a small tea house restaurant, specialized retail shops, a wholesale warehouse outlet store, a primary permanent gallery to exhibit FLlW related material, a secondary gallery utilized by the local and regional artists, and office on the fourth floor. Margaret Scott, in her 1983 book on the ADGW, confused my program as German's original building program and published that confusion as fact in her book. And to compound and exasperate it further Bill Storrer repeated the tea house restaurant, retail shops, and art gallery error in his earlier editions of his The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright book (thankfully, its been finally corrected in his most recent 4th edition).
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most interesting. On another thread it was pointed out, yesterday, that what appears on the Internet is typically there forever; the same has been true
about what appears in print. And your point is that, once something is committed, erroneously, to print it is capable of misinforming all who read, and
write, from that point forward.


Here are nine stills from the video which might be of interest to readers . . .



























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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In her book on ADGW, Margaret Scott also refers to the Mayan ruins as "Chicken Itza."
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