Article: Goetsch-Winckler House - Okemos, MI

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Article: Goetsch-Winckler House - Okemos, MI

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Tom
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Post by Tom »

Uh oh.

Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

First, the Lansing State Journal has too many popups.

The interior looks good, but that exterior paint job is horrible. Well, it can always be repainted.

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Post by SREcklund »

While they're repainting the exterior, they can remove the artificial grass in the rear courtyard ....
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Post by SDR »

The owner of this property posted here a number of times, a year or so ago, with explanations of her choices. At that time the exterior painting had yet to be completed, I believe. The house has had more than its share of paint jobs over the years; at least it's still standing.

Short of replacing all the exterior material (has any Usonian owner yet done that ?) there's usually no remedy for a blotchy and stained appearance to Wright's "wood eternal." With an opaque cover, even the worst-looking boards -- and any random replacements -- are rendered identical. Of course, any defects of surface or texture are now amplified, to replace the lost grain appearance . . .

It would have been nice to see a more subtle color to the trim; even better might have been a single shade, which would be most similar to the effect of carefully-selected new wood. Here we have, for the time being, something resembling a Plasticville miniature . . .

https://www.flickr.com/photos/christian ... otostream/

But, as mentioned, it can always be repainted. The interior is being well-cared-for, as well.

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Post by Tim »

Nicely restored.

One of my favorites.

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Post by SDR »

We've spent loving hours on this house, in previous threads.


The house in earlier days:


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Previous paint jobs:


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Post by DRN »

G-W, Sondern 1, and Euchtman are my favorite early brick and board Usonians. I think G-W looks to be in better condition now than it has been in decades.

The lanai presents a maintenance issue...to my knowledge there is no gate; lifting a gas or electric pushmower over the wall is difficult, potentially dangerous, and requires two people; rolling a filthy mower through the house is a non-starter; I suppose a small old fashioned manual roller blade mower could be lifted over the wall or fitted through its slotted end:
https://www.google.com/search?q=manual+ ... 01&bih=580

...but, if the owner is not the groundskeeper, getting a lawn service to do that deed may be difficult.

Other than the synthetic turf, I suppose the other option would be a raked Zen pebble bed with large stone "islands" or Noguchi sculptures.

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Post by SDR »

Indeed. Americans' lawn fetish needs to be, and has to some extent been, updated for the present era, where drought-tolerant and low-maintenance alternatives are being found: rock gardens, native grasses, succulents, etc. Fake grass only perpetuates a past folly, though there are places -- sports fields ? -- where some form of "lawn" is still appropriate.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

A simple pad for furniture surrounded by beds of flowers would work as well. Or there's always the ancient scythe. Plastic grass? No.

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Post by DavidC »

Or, they could use a weedwacker in the enclosure.


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Post by Roderick Grant »

Actually, from the house, the principal view of the lanai is from the double doors in the living room toward the open end. A perfect design would be a Japanese Zen-type rock garden with a large Buddha or some sort of statue at the far end. The views from the bedrooms are of a wood wall.

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Post by Craig »

The paint job is pretty bad. The interior photos are bewildering. Did not the owner or photographer spend even a moment on staging? How hard to remove some bric a brac or clear a table or counter? As for the decor, well, since I can't say anything nice I won't say anything at all.
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As long as no permanent harm is done, Craig. The current owner has done a lot to help this house, even if her color choice was unfortunate by our standards.

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Post by SDR »

The owners, in keeping with certain other Wright occupants, appear to have eclectic tastes. The home-made brick-and-wood shelf unit in the main room was pointed to with pride.

On the other hand, a unique through-wall compartment, connecting the second bedroom to the corridor (excuse me, gallery) and apparently original to the house, was maintained or restored.

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