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I had also wondered if it was going to be the same frame and stucco methods used at Hollyhock house. The limited details in the Lowes drawing implies broad stucco sides and repetitive ornament. [The overhanging fascia and in the base of that large raised planter I think?]
In the early part of the century, Wright used a floor plan with relatively minor alterations for the Walser, Horner, Barton, and DeRhodes houses.
In the 1950Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Wright proposed a nearly identical plan for 3 clients: Clifton, Gross, and Jankowski. Sadly, none were built...this was one of the very few repeated plan types that was not built for any of the clients for which it was proposed.
This was possibly the first such instance of a design that passed from one client to another virtually unaltered.
In 1907, an unbuilt cottage at Lake Delevan was designed for an unnamed client (Mono 3/44; Tasch 1/294) and resubmitted to Clarence Converse in 1916 (Mono 4/136; Tasch 1/518).
The earlier design was among the first flat-roofed residences, and had hints of a more modern, abstract type than most of FLW's work had shown before.
A 1906 unbuilt scheme for Joseph Seidenbecher (Mono 2/250; Tasch 1/273) was also passed around a few times.
But the most famous built house with an unbuilt predecessor is Coonley, which was originally designed at a more modest scale of b&b for Elizabeth Stone in 1906 (Mono 2/248; Tasch 1/278).
Imagine if Stone had built her version, we would never have got Coonley!
Wow, you really don’t like the Storer. Eric Wright would disagree with you about his grandfathers sentiments. There was an issue with the severity of the siting which was solved by planting eucalyptus trees etc. that’s true of the arid setting of an unirrigated LA back then.Roderick Grant wrote: ↑Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:38 pmLowes was to be a frame structure. The client eventually turned to Rudolph Schindler for a rather strange but beautiful house, which was demolished many years ago to make way for a freeway. FLW was not satisfied with Storer, and probably would have preferred that Lowes had followed through with their version.
Sweeney had a personal grudge going on as he was denied access for some tours he was doing, or something like that, as I was told.
He must have gotten another set then as it was there when he sold it.Roderick Grant wrote: ↑Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:09 amJoel was very accommodating for some time after restoration of Storer. Shortly after he hosted a dinner for a Rennie MacIntosh group from Scotland, someone got into his back yard and stole a set of table and chairs reproduced from the Midway Gardens. After that, he was circumspect, to put it mildly.
He basically allowed Eric Wright to show it whenever he wanted but no one else.
If I owned a FLW treasure, I would be very reluctant to open it up for tours. I don't blame Joel one bit for putting an end to it. In 1976, a "Frank Lloyd Wright Week" was declared, and at least Sturges, Freeman, Ennis and La Miniatura were open. (Hollyhock, of course, as a public building, but I don't know about Oboler, Storer or Pearce.) Jack Larsen and James Bridges, owners of Sturges, expected a few people to show up on Saturday and Sunday, but were horrified to see lines of lookie-loos down the driveway and around the street below both days. After that, they refused access. Same with La Min; no one got into it for years after that rampage.