St. Mary's Church by TAA

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Paul Ringstrom
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St. Mary's Church by TAA

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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A link to Facebook photos of the church:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/SaveModernA ... e_internal

A link to a previous thread:
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... 69c6aa5065

It is a good building worth saving, if a use can be found.

Paul Ringstrom
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One of the church council's members who was on the Building Cmte that worked with Wes later had him design and build a house for him also in Alma, MI.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Is the location of the house known?

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I just found it just west of town center:
490 N Luce Rd
Alma, MI 48801
43.381692, -84.685962

It backs up to the Pine River Country Club golf course.

When I originally found it the perf-windows on the garage door were what caught my attention and caused me to put the car in reverse (much to the chagrin of my wife).

Bumper sticker warning: "I brake for Wright architecture"
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Post by Roderick Grant »

From the Google air, the Luce Rd. house looks like quite an establishment. It would be interesting to see Wes with triangles instead of circles. Unfortunately, only the church (itself one of Wes' best) is included in the Rattenbury book.

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I checked Historic Aerials for the site. The house first appears in 1972, and an addition is made between 2013 and 2016, presumably when it was reroofed with standing seam metal. The original footprint was an angular 'Y'; the addition placed a leg on the right hand branch of the 'Y'.

It would be interesting to see a plan...probably at the Avery now.

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Dan,
I was under the impression that only FLW material was transferred to Avery and all the apprentice material was retained at TWest.
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Paul sends his pics of the church. I've made a panorama of two of them. I see glazing reminiscent of "House on the Mesa"/Stanley Marcus/Walker . . .


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I was under the impression that only FLW material was transferred to Avery and all the apprentice material was retained at TWest.
When I visited the Avery in May of 2019 to see the Sweeton and Spencer files (a visitor is permitted to see two files per session), I asked about TAA work. TAA work is at the Avery.

It was noted that the TAA files in AZ were in total larger than Wright's archive...larger drawing sets, many more repetitive prints, more shop drawings, correspondence etc., as one would expect with the modern practice of architecture. The Archives and Avery had to be selective about what was archived to avoid overwhelming storage space in NYC with tangential materials or insignificant work. All original drawings, particularly presentation and construction sets were archived of major projects and houses by TAA from 1959 to the dissolution of Taliesin Architects in the early 2000's, particularly those projects under the direction of former apprentices to Wright himself, or projects that involved alterations to Wright designed projects. Minor projects such as small utilitarian tenant fit-outs, or alterations to non-Wright or non-TAA work (bread and butter jobs in the later years, mostly worked on by students under TAA staff direction) were not archived at Avery.

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Dan,
Sounds like a reasonably intelligent solution concerning that there are always limits on available space. Better to have them there at Avery than at TWest.
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Paul, do you have images of the interior?

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Two peeks at the Luce Road house. I see some large book-matched perfs (a la Hagan), and remarkably minimal flashing of roof to masonry ? (Too bad the garage door that Paul spied isn't closed !)


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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Roderick Grant wrote:Paul, do you have images of the interior?
I should have but, they are not with the exteriors.

I did notice that the original leaded glass skylight had been covered over with roofing material sometime after my initial visit in 2005 and a visit when I stopped by on
my way to the annual Alden Dow Housewalk some years later. It was on the later
visit that I found the Wes Peters house. Mark Oberman was with me and he is looking
for his photos of that house.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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