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For sale: Richardson House - Glen Ridge, NJ
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: For sale: Richardson House - Glen Ridge, NJ Reply with quote

A Hidden Frank Lloyd Wright Home In Glen Ridge Can Be Yours: The Stuart Richardson House


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting news of the sale. For those interested in more information, please visit our home's official website. Link to follow.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.stuartrichardsonhouse.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure this is another new one for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shots on the website are really good and the coverage seems thorough.
Really nice house.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smashing photos, and so many of them ! What a treat. The house is looking just great...

I had previously missed the crushed rock inside the glass, in the repurposed carport; that's a detail I feast on, so rare (practically non-existent) in most residential work---including, oddly, Wright's ?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The space originally designed as a carport is a screened porch; there is no glass enclosure. The stone closes the gap between the original concrete slab and the screen framing.
One enters the house through this space which is a VERY pleasant place for a drink and lively conversation on a summer afternoon.

My understanding is that the now screened carport may never have been used for cars due to the site’s topography. The Richardson’s commissioned the house prior to WW2, and built it after the war on a different (but very nice) site.
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Tom



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This house underwent extensive restoration by Tarantino.
Restoration process photographs here:

http://www.tarantinostudio.com/FLLW_Richardson/FLLW_RichardsonHouse/Home.html

(On the house website there is a shot from inside the
kitchen looking through windows to inside of the screened porch.
Looks like the kitchen is on a level above the porch
but I saw no stairs ....?)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=9784
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kitchen is at the same level. The entire house is on one level.

One detail that doesn't show well in photographs is the ceiling of the living room. The cascade of boards drops down toward the center of the room, rather than upwards, as one might expect. Minor detail, but delightful.
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Reidy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloyd Lewis appears in photos to have that feature, but it's an illusion (scroll down).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The control of geometries in Wright's work is remarkable. In the case of the Richardson ceiling, the boards are kept horizontal, not canted, so the slope of the ceiling is a function of the
overlap of that cladding. If the lap had been made to occur in the opposite direction, the pitch of the ceiling would have been upward toward the center, not down.

One sees this planarity of cladding more typically on vertical Usonian surfaces; a Pew drawing illustrates the choice, and the method employed to achieve it. See bottom center of sheet:





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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reidy's linked page is of interest. Just as it was a long time before drawings credited to Mr Wright were understood to be the work of his apprentices, certain sheets depicting Prairie period interiors are now known to be by George Mann Niedecken, Wright's Milwaukee collaborator. The Shaw watercolor renderings and the rug design for the Bogk residence, seen on the linked page, are by Niedecken...

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was surprised to see this house on the market so soon. Those of us who toured the house with the Conservancy in 2017 met the young new owners who seemed practically giddy at the opportunity they had created for themselves. I hope there was no downturn of life that forced the sale.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All is well with the owners and the house. From what I understand, work schedules have made living in NYC more practical for them.
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