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And go to Featured homes. IT is the one for 575K. It is two houses down from a Wright Designed home. Very cool "street".
It was very impressive from the outside!
Images are from "The Prairie School," H A Brooks, pp 158-160. Although she was not given formal credit for the design (nor is Griffin's
name mentioned; Mahony was the employee of Von Holst and Fyfe with the understanding that she would be in control of design), Professor
Brooks says "it may safely be considered the most complete, authentic house ever built to her designs."
"after [Wright] had gone Mr von Holz [sic], who had taken over, asked me to join him so I did on the definite arrangement that I should have control of the designing. That suited him. When the absent architect didn't bother to answer anything that was sent over to him, the relations were broken and I entered into partnership with von Holz [sic] and Fyfe. For that period I had great fun designing."
I have certainly not kept up with either the scholarship or the gossip that must have taken place in the last 35 years since that quote was published; I hope some kind of consensus has been reached (despite personal preferences ?) on the authorship of the five commissions that were dealt with after 1910. Brooks notes that the Robert Mueller house has the peculiarity (?) of failing to consistently terminate the major cross-axes as the others do.
This house also has an unusual way of elevating the dining and other "back-of-house" rooms above the entry, living room and den: three risers occur both in the pasage behind the chimney and in the opening to its right. "The way the various rooms open off the changing level corridor is very pleasant, as a maximum amount of spacial variety and interest in thus achieved," says Professor Brooks (pp159-60).
As far as the houses being MMG's design, it is my understanding that the Adolph Mueller House started out as a FLW project only to be passed on to Von Holst who hired MMG. MMG worked on the projects as an employee of Von Holst. Just because she makes claims about her role in the design does not make that factual. In her interviews with Grant Carpenter Manson she comes off rather bitter about those that she worked for and makes claims that to me do not appear completely truthful. Grant Carpenter Manson left those unsubstantiated, bitter claims out of his seminal book. In my opinion the facts point to her as being a fine contributor as opposed to a great architect in her own right. She deserves to recognized as fine contributor. Some want to rewrite history and anoint her as a great architect. Unfortunately one cannot point to buildings that she is the author as opposed to being a contributor that are great works.
Whoever designed these lanterns has my thanks! And thanks to Mr Storrer (once again) for the photo.
Bristling with cubes, these may relate to the table lamp at Susan Lawrence Dana. Or could that (the Dana lamp) be a Niedecken design. . .?
Robie lamp, removed by second owner
Above two images from "The Prairie School Tradition" (Spencer; 1979)
Now that's furnitecture. . .!
Shown in Diane Maddex, "50 Favorite Furnishings by Frank Lloyd Wright":
A desk. . .was made for the house of Edward and Florence Irving in Decatur, Illinois. One of the projects orphaned when Wright departed for Europe in 1909, it was left in the hands of Hermann von Holst, who in turn called on one of Wright's ablest employees to help him. Marion Mahony, an architect, had joined Wright's office in 1895 and spent the next fourteen years preparing exquisite presentation drawings and assisting Wright with designs for his furnishings. George Mann Niedecken joined her in executing the Irving furnishings. A skilled designer well versed in progressive interiors, European and American, Niedecken -- like Mahony -- could almost read Wright's mind when it came to fleshing out the furnishings. Mahony, however, asserted that the conception of the Irving furnishings rested with her. The unique table-couch-desk-lamp combination created for the living room fits perfectly into the Wrightian system of built-ins that mark interior architectural boundaries. Placed close to the fireplace, with its sumac and prairie-flower mural by Niedecken, the couch would have allowed one of the residents to lounge against pillows or sit beneath a large box of a lamp (now lost), while another could work at the oak fall-front desk secluded in the pier. On the dramatically cantilevered table sat a custom-designed lump. Either separately or together, the Irvings would have been able to enjoy the fire, not to mention the satisfaction of using a piece of furniture so thoughtfully crafted. Planes intersect freely, and light meets dark, much like the fireplace and the exterior of the house, one of a trio bearing Mahony's mark in the small Millikin Place community."
At the Westcott House the Architectural team ( Chambers, Murphy Burge, Schooley Caldwell) wondered if Mr. Niedecken had an influence on this house due to a newspaper article soon after the house was built which commented on the dining room table and " A cleverly stenclied design on the ceiling". Well unfortunately we did perform conservation techniques to several areas of the ceiling but did not find any ghost marks or any evidence of any stenciling or painting as referenced in the article which is also confirmed in the historic photo of the buffett ( no stencil). It was a bummer. The photo of the exterior post light in the earlier post has similarities to the Unity Temple lights and the squared exterior lights of the Westcott House along with the the recessed square design at the base of the Dana THomas light is similar to the hinge we recreated for the entry gate pivot hinges for the Westcott. Does anyone know what actual influence Niedecken had given to FLW? Or is this information an indepth study only obtained by a trip to the Prarie Archives?
D. Shawn Beckwith
The Burton J. Westcott House
The Durable Restoration Company