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DavidC



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Efforts Underway to Save Whitefish’s Historic Wright Building


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DavidC



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron Burkle? Joel Silver?? Any other deep-pocketed Wright aficionado(s) who might be interested in stepping in as a (literal) last-minute rescuer/interim owner???


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DRN



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is the money...$1.6M was a fair price to pay for the property if one was to redevelop it for a 3-story building with commercial on the 1st floor with 2 floors of apartments above. That price is too high in Whitefish for the lot with a 6200SF? one-story 1950's commercial building in need of restoration and adaptive reuse remaining as a place holder. The developer wants his $1.6M back and probably wants to cover some of his soft costs invested. I don't think the developer wants to be charitable from a financial perspective. A "savior" would need swoop in and pay "too much" for it.

Ideally, the church next door would be in the best position to use the building...every church group I've met that has a historic church is in need of some ground floor (read handicapped accessible) functions space; besides they are already an established presence next door. Again the problem is money...most church congregations cannot afford to pay over $250/SF for a building in need of significant work to suit their uses.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, DRN, churches are very poor stewards of architecture beyond the front door of their own church. A church in Mason City needed a parking lot, and would readily have torn down FLW's Stockman House to get it. Fortunately, local efforts bought, moved and restored the house. But I'm sure that was for a pittance compared to the $1.7M being asked for the Whitefish building. The neighboring church, even if it has the money to buy the building, could not be counted on to restore and maintain it as it should be.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this building interesting inside? I've only found exterior photos. It seems to me that one solution would be to preserve/move the facade with that nice cornice detail and allow for building upward. In super-booming Seattle that is happening a lot with old facades incorporated into a new building.

Surprised that anything in Whitefish is worth more than a million.
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pmahoney
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:48 pm    Post subject: Arch Digest / Montana Public Radio Reply with quote

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/frank-lloyd-wright-lockridge-medical-building-is-slated-for-demolition-17-million-by-tomorrow


http://mtpr.org/post/whitefishs-frank-lloyd-wright-building-slated-demolition

There is an impressive curving brick fireplace under a clerestory at the heart of this building.
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Matt



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty fireplace. Maybe they can save it? Always strikes me how the brickwork can look brand new while the wood reflects the decades of age.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That unusual fireplace appears never to have been used.

A simple illustration of the impermeability of brick as compared to wood: you would never have a fireplace made of wood !

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps another list: How many times did FLW include a wood bench perilously close to a fireplace?
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NO DEAL - HISTORIC WRIGHT BUILDING DESTROYED OVERNIGHT

Whitefish Frank Lloyd Wright Building Being Demolished After Owner Rejects Buyout Offer


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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A demolition start exactly at 5PM, in the dark, with machines already on site...this guy was not going to accept a deal. Work started right at the center of the building to get a good camera shot of the signature element going down. These are signs that this developer was angry that his right to do as he wished was interrupted and he was going to show the preservation community that he “won”. Rest assured, I'm sure the developer saved the red signature tile to keep as a trophy or to dream of its monetary worth at auction.

The Conservancy did its best to make a cash deal, but the developer would not have it...this is what might have happened at the David Wright house, remember that one? It still needs to be landmarked by the city and/or have facade easements put in place.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:58 am    Post subject: Record for loss Reply with quote

If my math is correct Montana holds the notoriety of having lost a higher percentage of Wright structures than that of any other state. Between Como Orchards, The Bitter Root Inn, and the Lockridge Clinic I believe they have lost 97% of the Wright structures that once existed in Montana due to Fire, Natural Disasters, Neglect or Demolition.

Mississippi Would also be high on the list.
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, at least there are (in theory) some extent parts of the 1953 Exhibition House left. It looks here that perhaps all is on it's way to the landfill. That is unless we start to see Lockridge items now turn up on eBay or other auction sites.


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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wright in Montana:

http://ellenbaumler.blogspot.com/2013/07/frank-lloyd-wright-in-montana.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:19 pm    Post subject: corrected math Reply with quote

I stand corrected Dan, based on only 14 structures at Como Orchards Montana has only lost 88% of its Wright buildings,
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