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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: E.A.Cummings Real Estate Office Reply with quote

The recent Banff thread and the thread about the E.E. Roberts designed house, congealed in my mind (not sure why) to think of the long demolished E.A. Cummings Real Estate Office that once stood at the NW corner of Lake Street and Harlem Ave. in River Forest, IL, in what is now Cummings Square.

https://flwright.org/researchexplore/wrightbuildings/cummingsrealestateoffice

If I was to pick a non-residential demolished Wright building to consider for resurrection, that might be it. The site is dry, public, still open for the most part, and accessible. Photos exist, construction documents presumably are in the FLW archives along with some level of correspondence. The building is small and manageable, and could function as a tourist information center, or public comfort station at a major intersection in the community.

I'm not proposing the idea necessarily, but just sharing a stream of consciousness thought.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The comfort station idea is not without precedent. At the entrance to the main beach in Carmel CA is such a building, clearly a knockoff of Walker at the south end of the beach.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is apparently little information about the building, even at Taliesin. Possibly the city of River Forest has some. Paul Harding would be the one to contact about that.

Right now, at the corner of Lake and Harlem, there is an entrance to the park with rooms flanking an open, covered walkway. The rooms look boarded up. The building is flanked by low walls terminated with FLW-like planters.

Public comfort stations are a bad idea; they are too public and not comfortable enough. Even Beverly Hills has trouble with maintaining them. Ask George Michael.
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
Ask George Michael.


Strangely enough, his number has been disconnected ... Very Happy
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Tom



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, they belonged to a more genteel era
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