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Good looking "right-handed L" Usonian (be sure to click the "image album" link for pictures), now owned by Oberlin College thanks to a legacy from its last owner, Ellen Johnson. Oberlin naturally refers to the house as Weltzheimer/Johnson; Storrer does not but acknowledges Johnson's efforts to restore the house to its original condition.
BTW, I agree with your views on this subject completely.
Correct. I will never attempt to rename the E. Arthur Davenport House. I will put a plaque on the house in a discrete location with the name of the house, FLW as Architect, which also credits my wife and I for the current restoration. Hopefully it will state that it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Wrightgeek wrote:So, Paul, based on your previous reply to this post, would it be safe to assume that you will not be lobbying Bill Storrer or the FLWBC to rename your soon-to-be new home the "Davenport-Harding Residence"?
Hopefully architectural historians and preservation organizations will only use the historically correct name in referring to architectural works irregardless if someone attempts to rename it. A good start would be for preservation organizations to start referring to the the Edward R. Hills Residence Remodelling by its proper name instead of the Hills-DeCaro House. I commend Bill Storrer for the using the correct name in his publications.
saving the house and restoring it to the condition it is today. In the early 1960's the house was sold to a succesion of two local developers who did extensive remodeling of the structure (replacing the hallway clerestory windows with larger un-Wrightian ones, and painting brickwork and interior woodwork). The reference to the house as "Weltzheimer/Johnson"
pays homage to her and acknowledges her continuation of the dream which the Weltzheimer' had in commisioning Frank Lloyd Wright. You can call the house whatever you want, but in our hearts we will recognize
Ellen Johnson. I am a volunteer docent at the house and will extend an invitation to visit us on the first and third Sundays of every month from 12-4. As an example of Frank Lloyd Wright's work in the last decade of his life, it is a sublimely elegant experience.
I also agree that the restoration efforts of Mrs. Johnson and the stewardship of Oberlin College are to be highly commended. If not for their dillgence, and the ongoing work of the volunteers and docents, this masterpiece might have been lost, as many others before have been.
Having said all that, as I posted earlier, I still feel as though it should be referred to as the Weltzheimer Residence, with no disrespect to Mrs. Johnson intended.
Spring Green wrote:Thanks for the link. I could do without the fisheye lens on some of the photographs, but overall they were very nice.
yup--once again I've got to say I'd live in a Usonian house if I could.
Yes, the fisheye lens is atrocious...it is being changed soon. I've just come to this position and have had to be patient. The new page will feature an archival photo from 1950, the year the Weltzheimers moved in. You will see Charles Weltzheimer by his car. The album will be return soon with better images as well. Keep watching this space ...It is a beautiful place. Palli Davis Holubar
Anonymous wrote:In the early 1960's the house was sold to a succesion of two local developers who did extensive remodeling of the structure (replacing the hallway clerestory windows with larger un-Wrightian ones, and painting brickwork and interior woodwork).
Thanks for the background. That is really astonishing. I guess it is a good example of the perspective afforded by the passage of time. With FLLW dead only a few years, it was apparently not thought a big deal to attempt to "improve" on his work. Four decades later, his legacy having had time to solidify, we know his works to be sacrosanct and must applaud the many dedicated people who have and are working hard to preserve and restore his vision.