Robie Lamp house - Wright or Griffin?

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Paul Ringstrom
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Re: Robie Lamp house - Wright or Griffin?

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The latest 2021 proposed zoning view guidelines for the Robie Lamp house.

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt ... 38764.html
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DRN
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Wright or Griffin?...maybe BOTH?

Post by DRN »

The recent publication of Lisa Schrenk's book about the culture and practices of Wright's Studio in Oak Pak caused me to reread the early pages of this thread from a different perspective. Instead of viewing Wright as the lone genius working in the vacuum of his mind sequestered in his study, might we be seeing an example of collaboration between Wright and WBG on some level in the Lamp House?

The Winter 1988-1989 issue of the magazine of Wisconsin History that Roderick noted as containing Jack Holzhueter's essay on the Lamp projects can be read online (or saved as a PDF) here:
https://200emifflinproject.files.wordpr ... istory.pdf

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Re: Robie Lamp house - Wright or Griffin?

Post by Roderick Grant »

Jack has done fine work. His book on Madison is superb. It is not so much that I contest the dating of Lamp as would like to know how the confusion took place, and how, in spite of being obviously similar to the FLW 4-squares in plan, Lamp is noticeably different in detail and fenestration from them and other work of 1903 and thereabouts, like DD Martin. It looks older even than Hickox ... which may or may not speak to WBG's involvement.

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