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DavidC



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:33 am    Post subject: Article: Schwartz House - most popular Airbnb in WI Reply with quote

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Two Rivers is Wisconsin's most popular Airbnb


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Tom



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice series of photographs.
Question occured to me: The exterior boards,
(- the issue may have been discussed in another thread.)
They are either painted or stained
Look heavily stained to me - not a bad look in these shots.
But wondering what the consensus judgement is among us who pay attention on WrightChat concerning the preferred finish for a Usonian?
What is the opinion regarding the following:
1.) If I am correct Wright specified unfinished exterior boards for all Usonians.
2.) This proves inadequate and impractical unless owner has annual maintenance program.
3.) Finally, how does one argue for the best exterior finish for a Usonian; visual or maintenance priorities?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the photos in Hitchcock, plates 360-3. The exterior appears extremely light. (Also note in the interior photo, the chesterfield couch!)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I can gather, Wright thought the cypress should be left to age naturally to a gray color, as seen at Wingspread. Trouble is, Wingspread regularly switches out boards that have deteriorated. The best long-term solution is to apply a stain of some type to preserve the wood. Wright would probably not approve, but if one wants to preserve "fabric", there really is no other choice.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fixed glass between piers - strikes me as unusual.
Would have thought them to be opening french doors.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom, as you can see from the Hitchcock photo, which was probably the first to be published, there were originally French doors designed and installed.
When they were replaces with fixed glass, or why, I don't know.
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom wrote:
Fixed glass between piers - strikes me as unusual.
Would have thought them to be opening french doors.


The current owner has plans to replace the fixed glass and replace with the doors on the blueprints. The only problem I see with this is that it will make an already dark living room darker.
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