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the alsop house is lovely but some unfortunate events have made it difficult to bring the house back to it's full glory. a previous owner tried to save money through a winter, and did not leave the radiant system on. the pipes froze and burst, causing major damage not only to the radiant system, but the slab itself, which slid a tiny bit, enough to break windows and and make the others inoperable. the owner at that time worked for pella windows, which is located 15 miles from oskaloosa. he tried to get pella to make and install new windows, but he found it too expensive, so instead pella gave him a "deal" on white vinyl windows which he had installed throughout the entire house. in addition, there was some sort of problem with the cantilevered roof entrance, so his brilliant solution was to put a gabled roof on top of the cantilever. this of course, added even more weight to the roof and caused damage to the other end of the cantilever!
as far as perfs go, i don't remember seeing any, but i only saw the house from the exterior, and caught just a glimpse of the back of the house.
I visited Iowa last summer from here in Ohio, and of course Oskaloosa was one of our required stops. While we only saw the exterior of the two FLW houses, the windows on the Alsop house were hard to overlook, and in their current state they overwhelm the appearance of the exterior of the house.
Here's wishing the current owners the best in their efforts to reverse the damages caused by the short-sightedness of the previous owners.
No perforated windows in this masterpiece. Great room and BR wing face north while the gallery face south. I believe Wright therefore omitted the closed in perforated clearstory windows there to make up for lack of light due to solar orientation.
There were also over 90,000 bricks used in this opus. More than the local brick church in town. Cost of brick and labor runs about $1.09 per brick in the Midwest or $98,100.
The bottom photo is the very last you will ever see of a Wright house with that type of beautiful roof. Another Wright usonian had it Glenview, IL in the Chicago suburbs. The Carr house. An addition was put on to it.
These houses are, or already have, disappeared.
Does anyone have any interior photos of the Alsop fireplaces (esp the one in the master bedroom)?
As noted in Storrer's book, the roofline of the Carr house in Glenview, IL, appears to be very similar to Alsop. Any photos or info about the Carr house that could be shared would be greatly appreciated.
Again, many thanks for the info....