Article/videos: Great architects own-designed homes

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SDR
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Separate videos for each of seven architects. Unusual ...

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Favorites so far: Corbu, then Neutra ...

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Ise Gropius:

my husband was teaching in Harvard, and we made it a point to always ask all
the masters students out to the house for two great parties a year, and to give
them a chance to see a modern house in operation, because they couldn’t see
it anyplace else, except in the middle west, where houses by frank lloyd wright
had been built, or in california, where houses by mr

NEE-OOTra

had been built


(... for many a fine year already, it might be said ...)

When he died, it seems, Gropius had let the greenery take over in Lincoln, in a way dear to Mr Wright's heart ?

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Looking for early photos of the Glass House (I could swear that the exterior lighting on the fascia was originally cylindrical) I came across this series of remembrances. I've never seen the kind of detail about living with (and repairing) the house that's contained in these quotes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/07/garden/07glass.html

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Post by Roderick Grant »

SDR, there are scads of photos of the Glass House online, but none very historic showing original lights. A photo probably from the 60s, focused on Andy Warhol at a Glass House soiree, shows the fixtures as they are now. A section drawing appears to indicate pendant lights. But I, too, have vague memories of black cylinders.

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Wasn't it interesting to read that PJ moved into the house without having appreciated that it would take exterior lighting to make night-time residence possible without the impression that one was living in a dance studio ?

Photos of the house in architecture compendiums published in the 'sixties seem to show the lights as they are now. So if a change was made it had to occur during the first two decades of the life of the house---I guess.

Anybody know what the red and orange discs applied to the glass "wainscot" are about ? And where did the drapes go ? Some photos seem to show an alternate window shading---apparently well-concealed at the ceiling.

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