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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave Anderson forwards a nice photo of the house:




photo © Dave Anderson




photos © W A Storrer


Storrer's interior photo shows the stair before restoration (see page 3 of this thread) and the route from front door (left) to living room (fireplace
visible). See plan (page 2). A great thread to revive, it seems to me; such beautiful work by outside in et al . . .

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet...
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite part of the reno are the gravel pans they placed under the gutter drains. Not sure why it struck me so, but it's a very clever solution to a common problem. You can see a couple of them in the last shot. Stole that idea for my own house ... Wink
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So much better a solution than downspouts snaking down the walls, peeing on the lawn.
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Patryko



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mary W. Adams house and Ward Winfield Willits house received recognition from Porsche on BuzzFeed for 13 Chicago Design Destinations You Won’t Find On A Boat Tour (#3). The E-Z Polish Factory is also on the list (#7).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/porsche/chicago-design-destinations-you-wont-find-on-a-bus-tour

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Patryko. Some thoughts on the images:

The photo of the Mary Adams residence makes clear Wright's intention to free the roof from the walls and let it sail outwards. He must have been pleased with this particularly successful go. And why do we feel that this can't be a flat roof, from this angle ? Is it due in part to the knife-thin and rising fascia treatment ? I note that downspouts have been added . . .

One laughs out loud when confronted with the chosen view of the E-Z Polish factory ! Where is the principle facade, with its stark and meaty weave of glass, spandrels and piers ? (And how was that neighboring building's roof, now gone, flashed against the bottom of the upslope window on Wright's building ?)

Finally, can those who decry historicist anachronisms like the Harper Library reading room or the Bond Chapel really turn their backs on such work as this, with a haughty sniff ? I cannot . . .

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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a better photo of the EZ Polish Factory:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Z_Polish_Factory
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is E-Z in use or vacant? Looks like the neighborhood is a functioning industrial area.

I was always intrigued by the exterior views of the Baha'i Temple, but when I finally got around to visiting it, the interiors disappointed.

Bond Chapel looks like Sainte-Chapelle in Paris might have looked if it had been built in London. Sometimes modern Gothic gets the blue wrong. James Renwick's St. Patrick's Cathedral in NY has magnificent blue windows, while Cram's St. John the Divine's windows are an acidic hue that is not divine at all. Bond's windows have a rich hue.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both of Storrer's photos show all of the windows of E-Z Polish bricked in. The color photo is nice; some glass reappears. How about a complete overhaul and re-glazing ?

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Patryko



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Highgate builders recently put some side by side before and after photos of the Mary Adams rehabilitation on their website. On the bottom of the page is a link to photographer Erika Johnson's full set of before and after photos. Huge thanks to outside in for his excellent expertise as the restoration architect and his significant background with a huge range of Wright projects!

http://highgatebuilders.net/remodels/flw/
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was lost is found. This is a great restoration. Also the new décor fits in nicely. Love the floor lamp with its interesting glass shade.
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patryko:

Thank you very much for posting these pictures. They show what great lenghts you went to to restore this wonderful home. The results are fantastic!

And thank you to 'outside in' for doing such fantastic work in bringing the project to life - and fruition!


David
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Patryko



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a new link to the Erika Hildegard photos of the Mary Adams House project. The photos have been improved in resolution. Please go to this link:

http://erikahildegardphotography.pixieset.com/flwhighlandpark/before/

The password is: flwpatrickbill

Please note that you will find links for 'before' and 'after.' With this rendition, you scroll down to see all the photos.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Password is not working for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry Paul: I just tried it again twice and it worked. Hopefully it will be fine on your next attempt. Take care.
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