For sale: Robie-esque in Palos Park, IL

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For sale: Robie-esque in Palos Park, IL

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Here is the link for this property.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhom ... source=web

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With 2 1/2 acres you'd think they could find a better place for their parking lot than in front of the house. Even the Robie house looks better, though it fronts a public street.

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I would put that in the same category as Massaro.
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I am baffled by projects like this - the effort that architect, builder and owner have exhibited to create a bad copy of a truly great building. Copy is a form of flattery, I know, but why would you want to live in a "fake"? There continues to be a strange undercurrent in many posts here, wherein individuals who love Wright want to build a copy for themselves, yet original Wright properties that are worth far more in terms of both economic and cultural value sit on the real estate market for months. Currently they are selling for a fraction of their REAL value. One can only hope that the true value of these homes will be realized over time. Strange.

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I don't think it's strange at all. Someone likes the Robie House and wanted their own version. I'm sure they wrote a lot of checks to ensure they have exactly what they wanted. It seems an aberration to us when compared to the original, but it's perfect to the owner. Part of that perfection is that it's not on the tough south side of Chicago, but in the neighborhood of their choosing. It's not surprising that an architect...in this tough economy...was more than willing to indulge them, and builders more than willing to take on the job. The tough part for them will be to find another buyer who also wants that particular variation of Robie in that particular location.

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Sorry Deke, "writing a lot of checks" doesn't justify anything, really.

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The only positive thing I can say about that house is that it is better than the usual McMansion with its "cathedral ceilings, Tara staircase, spa bathroom with a mountain view and bonus room." As an expression of FLW's architecture, it is less than the calendar image of Rembrant's "The Night Watchman." (But I have a calendar Klimt in the Kitchen, "The Embrace," because I couldn't settle on a price for the original, so perhaps I'm not one to criticize.)

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outside in wrote:Sorry Deke, "writing a lot of checks" doesn't justify anything, really.
Sadly, in our world, writing checks justifies everything.

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I agree with Outside In's comments. In my opinion fake Frank Lloyd Wright is just like a fake Picasso. Inevitably the original is much better than the knockoff. The other issue that I have with fake Frank Lloyd Wright is that we live in a different time and technology. There are very cool strategies that an architect can use now to do something really special and appropriate that is tailored to the lives of the client.

Real Frank Lloyd Wright houses are a bargain right now. They are selling for a fraction of the replication cost and one gets something that is wonderfully authentic and culturally rare and valuable. Inevitably the knock-offs screw up the design, details, and the finishes. The originals are far better.
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Writing checks rationalizes everything. Artists should make art. Occupy.

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Post by dtc »

Why would anyone build a Robie look alike but when it comes to the furnishings choose White upholstered inappropriate furnishings?
Go figure!

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Nice brick. Where is Palos Park ?

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