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For sale: Could this be a Robert Green house???

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:32 am    Post subject: For sale: Could this be a Robert Green house??? Reply with quote

535 Riverview Rd. - Athens, GA 30606


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the material of that yellow siding? Clapboard? CMU? Shingle?
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JChoate



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard of Green designing any house in Athens (but he reportedly designed a restaurant building that was later demolished).
Nothing about this house looks familiar to Green's work I know (the paneling or brick or window details). The use of punched opening windows and the symmetry in the rear elevation don't seem consistent with anything I've seen Green do.
I have a daughter in school in Athens and, looking at the map, she is living about a half mile from this one. That particular neighborhood looks to me like was all built in the 50's which was before Green's time.

Maybe I'll check this one out next time I'm over there.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just speculation on my part, but in the 1950’s Wrightian design elements were advocated for and on display in House Beautiful magazine under the leadership of Elizabeth Gordon with assistance by John DeKoven Hill. There is a possibility this house may be the result of a builder or homeowner influenced by what they saw and liked....an architect without direct connection to Taliesin may or may not have been involved.
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to this realtor site the house was built in 1968. If not Robert Green, do we know if any other apprentices did work in Georgia at that time?


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JChoate



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So that house was built in 1968? -- well that puts it later than I'd thought. Still, it doesn't look like Green's forms or detailing. If anything, it seems to nod toward the Prairie, unlike Green whose interests seemed Usonian.

For a moment I had a theory that perhaps it might've been the house of Charles Aguar. He was a professor in the school of Landscape Architecture at U of Ga (there in Athens) until his death in 2002. He was author of a very good book about FL Wright's landscape designs called "Wrightscapes".

Comments on this Amazon site for his book are lengthy & interesting. They state that Aguar had designed his own house in Athens. A separate obituary, however, says Aguar did not move to Athens until 1970, which rules out the house in question.

https://www.amazon.com/Wrightscapes-1-Charles-Aguar-ebook/dp/B000P46RQM

Now that we've learned that Aguar designed his own house somewhere in Athens it's whereabouts are another thing to be researched.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's only a two-year discrepancy. Could one of the stated dates be in error ?

Wright's work, especially in the earlier part of his career, is routinely given multiple dates depending on source, often varying by as much as two years --
or in some cases more. Date of conception vs date of completion would be the explanation, in most cases . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James, don't forget Berdeana Aguar, Charles' charming wife, who co-wrote the book.
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clydethecat



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So. Much. Yellow.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Green used a lot of stone in the houses that I have seen.

This may have been omitted due to cost.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

newly renovated and back on the market

by apprentice, Robert Green
https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3905-Paran-Rdg-NW_Atlanta_GA_30327_M67968-91819?ex=GA643381430&view=qv
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JChoate



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that house sold about a year ago for something like $1.2 M. The buyers redid the kitchen and bathrooms and floor finishes (trendy) and put it back on the market for $2.7 M. That's quite an ambitious flip. We'll see if there are any takers.
On the bright side, it is in a desirable area surrounded by bigger houses, so there was a chance it might've been torn down and replaced with a neo-chateaux.
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