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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It makes New Jersey's record of 25% loss almost seem acceptable. Though Bachman Wilson was "relocated" or "rebuilt", it was a loss...careless upstream development and Army Corps work on the creek upstream contributed to the increased flood risk at the site, necessitating the removal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Historic Whitefish Frank Lloyd Wright building meets wrecking ball - [0:46]


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WRIGHT OR WRONG? FEEDBACK ON THE DEMOLITION OF FAMED ARCHITECT’S WHITEFISH OFFICE BUILDING


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Letters to the Editor of the Daily Inter Lake:

WRIGHT’S BUILDING WAS OK, BUT ORIGINAL OWNER WAS GEM
The late Frank Lloyd Wright building meant something to me only because having the FLW architects design it delighted Bud Lockridge, the building’s original owner It seemed to me at the time that it was “nothing to write home about” except for the mystique connected to the FLW name. Most vivid in my memory at its opening is that the fireplace did not draw. I moved away from Whitefish so don’t know if that problem was solved.

Although the building itself to me was unexceptional and in time was aesthetically and functionally eclipsed by a half dozen other buildings in Whitefish, Bud Lockridge was exceptional — a genial, caring, generous, and dedicated doctor. I do not miss the building but miss the man who had it built. —Larry Rooney, Whitefish

DON’T BELIEVE THEM, WHITEFISH!
What a coup for Whitefish! Frank Lloyd Wright, still considered by many to be the greatest American architect, designed hundreds of structures across the broad expanse of the U.S. from imaginative museums and civic buildings to spell-binding private homes celebrating their surrounding nature and environs.

To think that of the 380 or so still remaining throughout the country, Whitefish is home to one of them ... oh, wait, you DID have one ... then you let some yayhoo from Southern California (a developer who’d never even heard of FLW ... go figure) come in, make an ill-advised purchase, then proceed to tear down and trash your unique architectural treasure. Typically he’ll replace it with a gee-whiz plywood monument to mediocrity whose distinction will certainly not extend beyond the Whitefish city limits, and likely not cause any excitement at all past the corners of the block on which it is piled.

While you’re dancing and prancing around the public stage, celebrating and singing about how cool, how artistically attuned, how special you are, don’t kick up your skirts too high: Loss of the Wright building leaves an embarrassing stain on your bloomers.

Oh, and if some outside observers do sing your praises, telling you how cool you are ... it’ll be OK for you not to believe them. —Lynn Gross, Bigfork

A BUILDING IS WORTH WHAT SOMEONE’S WILLING TO PAY
Forget the appraisals. Ignore the Chicago cheerleaders. A building is worth what someone will pay.

After 13 months of publicly approved demolition notice, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy scrounged up only one potential buyer who telegraphed tepid interest by demanding a refund of deposit should they simply walk away. Apparently nobody was fooled by the “crowdfunding” fantasy.

Mr. Ruis did not become the successful developer driving progress in Columbia Falls by wasting his time that others considered expendable. Perhaps they simply need to learn to act more quickly and replace their mouths with their money. —Andy Palchak, Kalispell
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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here’s an idea: owners of Wright commercial properties, particularly ones in need of work, should not claim to be preserving a historic building, then be so beholden to a dollar that when they sell the building they preserved, they price it at a level that pretty much ensures its destruction in order for the next commercial owner to make a profit on his or her investment.

Easements of some sort are almost a necessity for the commercial Wright buildings if they are to survive long term.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mason's legacy part of Frank Lloyd Wright destruction saga


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://hyperallergic.com/421706/frank-lloyd-wright-lockridge-medical-clinic-montana/
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if the superstructure of the building ever appeared as it does on the drawings. Again, what was the intended purpose of that penthouse ?

Was the built-in waiting room seating constructed as shown ? It would have been nice to see the building completed/restored, rather than destroyed . . .








photo © Scot Zimmerman, 1990




photo © W A Storrer, prior to 1974














Except as indicated, images and text © 1988 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation[/img]


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The photo in Storrer's original 1974 edition shows Lockridge exterior built as FLW designed it. The 'lid' had not yet been placed on the topknot. What that space was for must be left to speculation, but I would say A/C.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much; I've added that photo to the post above. Apparently the crow's nest provided a convenient place for signage, as well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos of the building with the sphere in place have been rare; here's one from a news source, as found in this week's Wright Society® newsletter.

https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d206d7dc2d214bf5a65d2d605cee210e2b9a9c4f/c=4-0-3260-2448&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/2015/01/15/GreatFalls/GreatFalls/635569179833347199-Frank-Lloyd-W-1-.jpg

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/01/16/masons-legacy-part-frank-lloyd-wright-destruction-saga/1038662001/?utm_campaign=Wright%2BSociety&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wright_Society_81

©2018 Wright Society

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There Should Be No Tears for That Frank Lloyd Wright Building Destroyed in Montana; Wright Was an Awful Human Being


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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's say we wanted to know more about the writer; where would we look ?

https://www.thestranger.com/authors/237/charles-mudede

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

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DavidC wrote:
There Should Be No Tears for That Frank Lloyd Wright Building Destroyed in Montana; Wright Was an Awful Human Being


David


I'm going to cut the man a little slack, given that as a black man born in Rhodesia he has a certain ... perspective ... that is different than most others, including mine. Just because he has a chip the size of a textile block on his shoulder, however doesn't justify his talking out his lower orifice on a subject he clearly knows nothing about beyond whatever Google spit out.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much of what he says is what Jane Jacobs was saying in the 50s and Martin Anderson in the 60s. You wouldn't expect somebody in his political cohort to embrace laissez-faire.
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