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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:55 am    Post subject: Video: Martin House - Buffalo, NY Reply with quote

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At 0:38 is a view of a laylight that FLW designed for the Martins after the house was completed. The entrance was dark, so a skylight was planned above the stairway, but not built. Years later, when Edgar Tafel worked on the house, he added a skylight, plain without art glass, exactly where FLW had planned it so many years before. There was a sketch of this light (with a brick light well above the roof to conceal it from view from the street) included in the Martin Papers which were auctioned off in 1984. It was in pencil, and as I recall had no notes determining the colors. Either there was something else in the Taliesin archive with that information, or the colors of the glass were taken from other sources in the house and intuited.

At 1:24 is a view of the back side of the Gardener's Cottage. That part is not original. For many years, the cottage was a private residence, and a rather crude structure, built on the cheap. In the 80s or 90s new owners significantly altered the entire house.
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