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The Martin House website says that the 394 windows were the "single largest collection of Wright's career". I disagree. Surely the Imperial Hotel had more? Granted, the IH's windows were not terribly elaborate, but I'm 99.9% sure Midway Gardens had more than 394 windows and some of those patterns were extremely complex.
Imperial: Most of the windows and glass doors are mullioned, some with a narrow horizontal strip of a simple band of square glass pieces, 2 or 3 units high, cutting across near the top. I would hesitate to include the hotel in any list of buildings that include art glass; it's just not extensive enough.
I'll wait for the day the Martin House landscaping looks like this again!
I doubt they'd let the vines grow up the brick and on the roof though. I think its always a rewarding visit at the Martin Complex. Wonderful people and always something new to see. If I get the chance, I'd like to visit again before fall.
An excellent question, and one I've not seen addressed; one wonders what the landscapers among us would say. That is, how far should opportunistic
greenery be allowed to take over a building exterior---and what are the remedies, if any, short of complete removal ? Do gardeners prune climbing ivy ?
I had no idea there was an upstairs addition. Do you have any more info on that? Wikipedia says that image is circa 1904.
As far as the landscaping goes, I'm no landscape professional. But at home, I like to let the plants do as they wish, with a little help of course. I call it "English Gardening."
FOCUS ON PHASE IV
Phase IV (2007) includes restoration of various masonry elements on the exterior envelope of the Martin House itself, as well as reversal of changes to
exterior walls made by the Martins in 1920. Most notably, the second floor south elevation wall was moved back to its location of 1907, and the trunk room
added by filling-in a cantilevered corner on the northwest of the house was removed. This phase also included completion of masonry, tile and other elements
on the Martin House veranda.
I've read that Mrs Martin thought the front bedrooms were too dark, so ordered the windows moved nearer the eaves of the roof overhead.
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Perhaps another reader will have more authoritative plans of this modification ...
couldn't have years' worth of beard on its face ... !
The bedroom windows, facing the camera, have already been moved forward in that photo. The tell is that the wall to the left of the window band steps
back from the plane of fenestration. Compare to the colored plan I linked above, where the wall and windows make a single plane from end to end.
Of interest would be the means by which the brick wall below the windows was supported in its new and unplanned-for location.
Here's the original condition, in a photo published in Manson, "FLLW to 1910."
photo c. 1910 by Henry Feurmann