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On our drive up we had the opportunity to visit two Wright homes:
The tour in Minneapolis (and surrounds) consisted of both Wright homes and some non-Wright designs:
Christ Church Lutheran - Eliel Saarinen
Willey House - Wright
Shepard House - Ralph Rapson
Fry House - Close Associates
Neils House - Wright
Olfelt House - Wright
Goodale House - John Howe
Davis House Philip Johnson
Johnson House John Howe
Then, on Sunday a few of us did an unofficial side tour, of which I only have pictures from two of the homes (perhaps others have more?):
We also had the pleasure of getting to spend time with many good folks on the tour (in no particular order): Wrightgeek, Paul Ringstrom and his wife, Wrighter and his wife, Eric Saed, Scott Perkins, more than a few Wright Chat lurkers (Mark, John and others - you know who you are!) and some people we had met before at other Wright homes and functions.
The highlights for my wife and I were: meeting original homeowners in their houses (Dr. Christian, the Laurents and the Olfelts), the Willey House - a truly wonderful home and an equally amazing restoration, and getting to spend time with the many good, knowledgeable and giving Wright enthusiasts we encountered.
According to the Willey House Restoration Journal (Fall 2004 - see page eight) <---PDF file, "Cabots light grey stain was applied, both transparent and solid were used in a 50/50 mix, to achieve the original effect. As sad as it was to cover the pristine natural wood of new doors, sanded fascia and trellis, the fresh coat of stain brings the somber palette in line with Wrightâ€™s explicit instructions."pharding wrote:Is the gray exterior stain the original color?
Second, I'll second TNguy's thoughts regarding the weekend. It was great to meet and spend time with a number of Wright chat folks during this event. A very fine weekend, all the way around.
Years ago, in my religious youth, I used to attend Saarinen's Christ Church, mostly for the architecture and Bach. Great building.
In my opinion, Goodall is Jack Howe at his absolute best.
Tnguy, is Johnson's Davis House a new name for the Rosen House in Edina? Is it the one with the Gehry guest house in the back?
The Richard Davis House is in Wayzata and was built in 1952 for the then director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Davis House did have the Gehry Guest House, but it was dismantled not too long ago and moved to St. Thomas University's retreat center in Owatoona, MN and put into storage - w/ no immediate plans for reassembly. The second owners had sold the property to a developer who sub-divided the original 11 acres into three plots, with the main house and guest house being on differing plots. The current owners have done a restoration of the main house.Roderick Grant wrote:Tnguy, is Johnson's Davis House a new name for the Rosen House in Edina? Is it the one with the Gehry guest house in the back?
Has anyone done an oral history with Mr. Laurents? It seems to be a gem of a house, but many questions come to mind. I see the same armchair as Mr Wright suggested for the Weltzheimer house (with a few modifications) and wonder if it was designed at the same time as the house and who built it. I also wonder about the draperies--are they original?
Here is some information on the storage space from the restoration journal that they kept. <--- PDF file
According to Mr. Laurent, there is a book being written about the home and it's history. He told us that he's been pretty meticulous over time in keeping records and information about it. And that he and his wife given a lot of their history, as well.
I don't know the history of the chair. Both houses (Weltzheimer and Laurent) were commissioned within a year of one another. He told me that all the fabrics have been replaced about three times, so I would guess that the draperies may have been, too.
The space over the Willey garage always intrigued me. Good use of a space otherwise useful only for storage.
Sitting in a living room chair under the skylight at the Willey is an incredible spacial, soothing feeling.
Steve, Lynette, Stafford and Joshua did place a whole lot of love in their work.
D. Shawn Beckwith
Restoration Project Manager
The Burton J. Westcott House
Also Nancy Boyd Willey's proxy grandchild