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DRN
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Wright in Iowa

Post by DRN »

I just got my Winter issue of FLLW Quarterly. I thought it kind of cheeky that the FLLW FDN chose the time of the Iowa caucuses to publish an issue devoted to Wright in Iowa. Great issue.

Anyway, I was struck by the recent photos of the Alsop house. The windows and doors appear to have been replaced by off-the-shelf white replacement units. I checked my Storrer book to make sure I wasn't mistaken, but the house as pictured in the Winter 2008 FLLW Quarterly has different windows than those shown in older photos. The mitered corners are gone, the operable casement sashes are not full height (horizontal sliders with transoms now), and there is that white color.

I was surprised at how important the delicate vertical ab,ab,ab rhythm of the original fenestration was to the perception of the roof hovering above the brick base. The windows seem visually "noisy" now. It's still a good house of course, but the elements are no longer as clear.

I'm sure heating costs, costs of replacement, and maintenance all played a part in the decision. Still, a good lesson for me as I face Sweeton.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

The homeowner has replaced the original windows with Pella windows (I seem to remember he worked for them at the time) and filled the fireplace flue with concrete.

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Post by SDR »

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Alsop interior, from "The Prairie School in Iowa" (Wilson and Robinson, 1977). The angled dining table
reflects the plan element at the opposite end of the house ?

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plan per W A Storrer


I don't have a good photo of the fenestration discussed above.

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Post by RJH »

This is the type of stuff I've been talking about. Glore....Alsop.....nothing left anymore.
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Post by SDR »

For those who have John Sergeant's "Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses," these pages are reproduced -- at a (just) legible scale. I'm afraid I can't read much here. . .

SDR

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Post by Ed Jarolin »

Well, isn't that special. Filled the flue with concrete! I guess putting in a styrofoam plug or two to eliminate heat loss was too easy. Just when you think people can't get any dumber.

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Post by SDR »

Ouch. Mr Overkill, amateur HVAC engineer. . . :roll:

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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The current FLW Quarterly has announced that there will tours of the Wright, Griffin and Sullivan buildings in Iowa on May 17 and June 21.

Douglas Anders at the FLW Newsblog has posted some more details on these tours:

This year there there will be two bus tours of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin and Louis Sullivan in the Hawkeye state. The first, on May 17, will include Quasqueton, Cedar Rapids, Grinnell and and Marshalltown — specific sites aren’t listed, but it’s likely to include the the Walter House, the Grant House, the Sunday House, and Sullivan’s Merchant’s National Bank. A second tour, June 21, covers the area in and around Mason City — likely including the Park Inn, Stockman House, and the Rock Crest, Rock Glen development.

More information is available by calling the Friends of Cedar Rock at 319-934-3572, e-mailing pat.schmitz@dnr.iowa.gov or rbmmcoy@netconx.net or by calling the Stockman House AFTER May 1 at 641-421-3666

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Iowa Tour, May 17th

Stops of architectural significance include the following Iowa structures: Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank in Grinnell, the Walter Burley Griffin designed Ricker House in Grinnell, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Sunday House in Marshalltown, and the FLlW Walter House/Cedar Rock, Independence.

All guests will meet at Cedar Rock State Park which is located at 2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd., Independence, Iowa 50644 for an 8:00 a.m. departure. Box Lunches will be served in Grinnell during our stops there. We will conclude our day with a 6:00 p.m. evening meal and tour at Cedar Rock.

Cost will be $80 each for Friends of Cedar Rock Members, and $90 each for non-members. Reservations need to be made by April 11th.

I look forward to hearing back from each of you, especially if you want a place reserved for you or your group.

The above information was provided to me by:
Pat Schmitz, site director
Pat.Schmitz@dnr.iowa.gov

Cedar Rock, The Walter House
Cedar Rock State Park
2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd.
Independence, IA 50644
319-934-3572

There will also be a trip on June 21. I will post details when I get them.

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Mason City Tour

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ROCK CREST / ROCK GLEN HOUSE TOURS
SATURDAY, JUNE 21


Schedule of the tour day & details:
-8:00 AM MacNider: Art Museum, 303 2nd St SE.
-Orientation slide show and instructions for the day.
-Walking tours of homes begin after orientation, end at 4:30.
-Lunch on your own, nearby restaurants -- maps available at MacNider Museum.
-Stockman House open 9:00 till 4:30. Tours take about 45 minutes.
-TOURS LIMITED TO 125 people.
-Application Deadline June 1
Charge for Tour: $30.00 / person.
Please reserve your tour slot by sending check with name, address, phone, email address to:
Bob McCoy
Chair, Stockman House Operating Committee
River City Society for Historic Preservation
431 First St. SE
Mason City, IA 50401
(Net proceeds will go to funding construction of Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center in association with Stockman House.)

BUILDINGS ON TOUR:
Frank Lloyd Wright house:
-George & Eleanor Stockman house 1908
530 First St. NE
Five Walter Burley Griffin houses:
-Sam Schneider house 1915
525 E. State Street

-Art Rule house 1912
11 Rock Glen

-Harry Page house 1912
21 Rock Glen

-James Blythe house 1913
431 First Street SE

-Joshua Melson house 1912-14
56 River Heights Drive

Two Barry Byrne houses
Hugh Gilmore house 1915
511 E. State Street

E V Franke house 1917
507 E State Street

William Drummond house:
Curtis Yelland house 1910
7 River Heights Drive

Curtis Besinger Usonian house:
Tom MacNider house
15 Rock Glen

Frank Lloyd Wright Bank and Hotel:
Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank Building
4 & 15 W State Street

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Post by SDR »

Here, in the order listed above by Paul, are the eleven Iowa structures included in the two tours -- as documented in "The
Prairie School in Iowa." The comments are those of the authors, Richard Guy Wilson and Sidney K Robinson. None of the
photos is newer than 1977; the name of the last project is the one in use at that date.


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Post by Roderick Grant »

I first saw Stockman on a trip to Mason City in 1984 with an SAH group. It wasn't on the tour, but was on the market. Ginny Kazor and I wandered over to its original site, and a cleaning lady let us in for a quick gander. She thought the asking price was quite high, "Maybe as much as $15,000!"

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Post by SDR »

We got pitchas. . .

The house appears in William Allin Storrer's pre-1974 photo as it does above -- awful porch props and all !
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Prof Storrer's pre-1993 photo -- much better, if a little bit raw. (Where's Frank's china marker ?!)
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Simon Clay photo, before 1999
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Christian Korab -- © 2001, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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Post by DRN »

Besinger's Usonian is elegant in the pic and the plan...a very concise, compact plan.
Drummond's Yelland house appears to me to be very close in form and fenestration with Tanyderi.

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Post by SDR »

The Curtis Bessinger design might have been drawn by Aaron Green, to my eye. . .



Here are Yelland, Tanyderi, and other "square" houses:

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Image Yelland

Drummond's own home, River Forest (next door to FLLW Roberts)
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Image Drummond

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Everybody's doing it:

Image Henry K Holsman

Image Vernon S Watson

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