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cmtalley
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Re: Harold Turner

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I have photographed all of them! Unfortunately, these houses are surrounded by lush and mature landscaping, and, as such, many photos are partially or almost totally obscured by topography and vegetation. Some homeowners got back to me (they all received a letter) and provided additional photos or granted me permission to walk the property to get better pictures. But, overall, these houses need to be photographed by a professional because my iPhone pictures don't do them justice! I have also scoured the internet and have downloaded and saved images of all known Turner houses so I have all the old Zillow photos, etc. I have drawings for a few but, again, I have cell phone images of the drawings so....not ideal. As a part of the survey, one of my primary recommendations (to nobody since this is a school project, not a project commissioned by a city or other municipality) is the gather and digitize all archival material.

SWSinDC
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Re: Harold Turner

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I don't believe that I have ever seen a photograph of Mr. Turner himself. Does anyone have one?

cmtalley
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Re: Harold Turner

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If anyone is interested in reading the final report, it is currently hosted online here. This was completed as a final project for my M.S. degree in Historic Preservation--typically surveys are commissioned by municipalities and are utilized as a planning tool so there is a lot of information/maps about the specific areas where these houses are located but there is also lots of information about Harold Turner, his life, and the houses he built.

https://www.bloomfieldhistoricalsociety ... -FINAL.pdf

DavidC
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Re: Harold Turner

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Thank you, Cassandra, for taking the time to post your work here. You've done a terrific job of researching Harold Turner and his work - all in such a relatively very short period of time, too! Turner did some beautiful work - and it's wonderful that you have now gathered, collated, and expanded upon the minimal knowledge that had existed. Congratulations on all you have accomplished!

One slight correction, if I may. On page 72 you list the 'Newman House' as being "...possibly designed by Harold Turner or it may be a Frank Lloyd Wright design." There is no question that the house at 4565 Hawthorne Ln, Okemos, MI 48864 most definitely is not a Frank Lloyd Wright design.


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John
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Re: Harold Turner

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What an excellent body of work! This is obviously a labor of love with you. The research that went into this publication is astonishing. Thank you for doing it.
Wish I had been aware of it last week when I was in Michigan!

John
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Re: Harold Turner

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SWSinDC wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:43 am
I don't believe that I have ever seen a photograph of Mr. Turner himself. Does anyone have one?
They are in the report.

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Harold Turner

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Sometimes real estate soundtrack is as bad as the photography. Mute before watching.
Very handsome house. I would like to see more of it, with a plan. The only thing I dislike about it is the finish on the wood walls, which have a glow about them that reminds me of my old bedroom with 12" knotty pine walls and ceiling finished with PenChrome, which practically glowed in the dark. I assume the finish was a later alteration?

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