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What I found interesting was the statements regarding the change:
The bolding in the quotation is mine, for obvious reasons ...Asked about the parting, Gammage would say only that the Wright house is a great project and that "I'm no longer involved ... and I hope everything goes smoothly."
Gilbert said there was a need to go in a slightly different direction.
"I have a lot of respect for Grady, as does my client. ... There was harmony with regard to the big picture of preserving the home, but differences in terms of plans for the public," Gilbert said.
He is also adding 150 trees to the property which should help with noise abatement.
Before he gets too far along on this project I do think he should restore the house first.
Today, much has been reversed. The exterior landscape has been cleaned and is on going and will include planting of citrus trees to mirror the original plan. The interior has been cleaned and period furniture, with many FLW reproductions, set in place. At I am sure, substantial cost, a replica of the original carpet now graces the living room floor, as well as the placement of the same model Steinway that David used. The original kitchen appliances cleaned and looking brand new.
Yes, much still needs to be done, both in the main house and guest house and issues with "the neighbors" need to be resolved. BTW - The Shemer Art Gallery is just a block or two away. It was the original Shemer FAMILY home, so adaptation is not new to the Arcadia area. Mr. Zach Rawling is the real deal and will be a fine steward of the house and the property, regardless of its final configuration. When he speaks about David Wright and FLW, the excitement in his voice is one all those who visit this site can immediately recognize.
To see several photos I took, visit my Facebook Page. Michael Perrino. Click Photos. Click Albums. Both albums of the DW House are named and should be easy to locate.
BTW, those quaint dirt streets were, by the mid '60's all paved.
So much for nostalgia.
Unless a change was made recently, Rubicon was not paved immediately adjacent to the David Wright House. Rubicon was paved on the west side of the street, but not the east. I always assumed it was due to one of David's quirks.m.perrino wrote:
BTW, those quaint dirt streets were, by the mid '60's all paved. So much for nostalgia.
I don't believe anyone - Wright fans or neighbors - have anything to fear from the new owner's renovation of the house, but his actions with the property are what gives concern. What was once dirt and citrus is now acres of grass - in a desert. Yes, he's putting in trees, but from what I saw (admittedly, several months back) they were all going in along the perimeter. He's purchased and flattened at least two adjoining houses - how does any of that align with conservation of the house?m.perrino wrote: The renovation and redevelopment will have no impact on the neighbor hood, its streets or on ANYONE. Access is off Camelback Road, not Rubicon. If it was a "scraper" and a McMansion being erected no one would bat an eye. Just like what sits on the site of the Lloyd Wright house.
What he's done is created a site where you could easily host events for thousands, with the house reduced to a shiny bauble. Not saying that he will, but he could - and _that's_ where the concerns lie.
Very positive news. Let's all get behind this effort and hope for the best.