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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: K.C. DeRhodes House Reply with quote

Does anyone know and have personal contact with the owner of the K.C. DeRhodes House? If so, please drop me an email (see below). Thanks
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John



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:08 pm    Post subject: DeRhodes Reply with quote

I was led to believe that this house was being rehabed and that the owner was known to Chatters.

If anything came of Paul's query, is it possible that the interior could be included in the Tour at the Annual Meeting?
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My original query was prompted by the fact the the FLWBC could not get a response from the current owners concerning being included in the Post Conference Tour.

I have had no responses by anyone who actually knows the owners.

The last time I was by there, about two years ago, it was obvious that the current owners had made significant progress in restoring the exterior.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last owner I know of (who rebuilt the living room fireplace with Roman bricks salvaged from the Oak Park Studio) was a professor at Notre Dame. I believe he became overwhelmed by the cost of restoration, and has not had any connection with the 'community' for many years ... assuming it's the same person who still owns the house.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:17 pm    Post subject: DeRhodes Reply with quote

I thought I remembered a recent conversation here where someone was relating information about the recent exterior renovations.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tom



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three exterior shots on entry sequence at DeRhodes
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/54449844@N02/41232151850/in/dateposted-public/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks !

With your indulgence:


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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The handsome landscape improvement seen in Tom's photo seems to reflect, with modification, what's seen on the Wasmuth site plan drawing.

Or is that cement-curbed planting bed original to the house ?

The plan of the house reminds one of the Larking Administration Building plan, with its symmetrical entry module centered on the cross axis of the main volume.



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Tom



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the illustrations.
Love the comparison with Larkin - it's spot on.

Fresh from 'Wrightscapes' I know that the entry sequence from the street curb to front door occurs at Bradley (1901) in Kankakee:
From the curb there is a drive for the "carriage" which parallels a walk for people
and the two are separated by a shallow raised planted bed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to see interior shots of the main level.
Curious about the natural light there.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walser, Barton and DeRhodes have a lot in common.
Christine and I did a drive-by/walk-by of DeRhodes in early May on the way to Des Moines. The restoration of the terrace parapets from some years ago seems to be having moisture issues...it looks as if water is getting under the cap and seeping between the stucco and its substrate (masonry?, frame and lath?).
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The curbed planting area was intact back in the days when the place was a club house, The Avalon Something-or-other, before the Millers bought it in 1978, so it was obviously included in the original construction.

When I visited Mossberg in '85, DeRhodes was not accessible. I believe the interior of the main level, at least, was completed, but I have never seen a photo of it, nor met anyone who has been inside.

Of the type, Horner (demolished) was especially interesting. A very modest house, it was an example of affordable architecture of merit that FLW championed all his career.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horner (Chicago, 1908; demolished 1952):








b/w plans © W A STorrer







(Photographer, date unknown)

© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, except as noted
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, I have never seen photos of this house.

The front elevation is reminiscent of Mrs. Thomas Gale House (1909).
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