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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:23 pm    Post subject: Kalita Humphreys Theater Reply with quote

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/08/21/dallas-finally-ready-wright-thing-preserve-landmark-kalita-humphreys-theater
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Matt



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To me this is one of Wright's weakest designs. It just feels like an ungainly blob without any grace or musicality. Granted, I've never seen it in person.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A link to a recent Chat thread and in depth article about the theater and the master plan for its restoration:

https://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?p=88576&sid=739b0b13f9517806620c01707285f13d
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Conservancy has been contacted about the restoration, and there may be a conference held in Dallas as a result. There isn't much else to see there, other than Gillin and a rip-off of Heath, but to show support for the theater, it may happen.

In 2000, the FLWBC Board of Directors met for their yearly planning event in Tokyo to draw attention to the plight of Jiyu Gakuen Girls' School, which is located on a plot of extraordinarily valuable land and was in danger of being razed. The publicity help to save the building. Perhaps FLWBC's attention to Kalita Humphries will do the same.

I visited the school in the mid-80s. It was still active then, but between productions, so I got a tour of the whole place. There are things that have been done to it over the years that compromise its integrity, but still the building is very fine, and should be seen before judged. "Muscularity" is one descriptor I would say it has in spades.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You visited the theater, I gather . . . ?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:12 am    Post subject: Event in Dallas Reply with quote

Tentatively an OAW event is planned for Spring 2019 in Dallas, reply with your wish lists,
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pat, there are a few E. Fay Jones buildings in the general area to consider:

- Marty Leonard Chapel - Fort Worth, TX
- McGlinchey House - Aledo, TX
- Chandler's Landing (house) - Rockwall, TX

There is also a Maurice & Walter Jennings designed chapel called Rio Roca, located west of Dallas in Graford, TX.


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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a Goffian house currently for sale in Dallas, the Eddie Parker house, that has been attributed by some to Bruce Goff. John Waters may know more of the story.

The form and detailing seems good, and it has extensive ceramic screens from the Frankoma Pottery company, (Goff designed a house for the Franks, the owners of the company).

https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/round-house-dallas-for-sale/

Edward Durell Stone's Graf house would be neat to see as well. Stone and Wright were friends in the late 1940's-1950's.

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/buchanan-article
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know anything about the Dallas Observer, but Robert Wilonsky's article, linked in the piece about the Parker house, has the ring of
righteous indignation -- and immediacy -- mostly missing from conventional journalism.

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/dallas-public-schools-doing-so-well-they-draw-astonishment-11058372

It details the too-late discovery of the removal of a major feature of the house, in 2009.

The house, as seen in photos, seems a delightful mashup of Daniel Liebermann (with its central post and radiating beams, and curving quasi-
symmetrical layout), and Wright (in the ceramic screen, a transparent evocation of Textile Block fabric, and in its polygonal plywood ceilngs) ?

https://sf.curbed.com/2017/3/24/15053314/mill-valley-midcentury-modern-liebermann-home

https://inhabitat.com/update-to-daniel-liebermanns-radius-house-preserves-organic-vision/

https://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/463060_31_1-900x600.jpg

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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jones, and Jennings, Decorative Constructivists ?

http://cms.riorocaranch.com/news/all/56

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