Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

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John
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Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by John »

Thankfully it was only a look-alike. It still is a shame, considering how well it was built and that it was a fairly good replica.
The new owner paid $6,000,000 for the privilege!
And he didn't even salvage anything!

https://www.lakegenevanews.net/news/loc ... 1814e.html

SDR
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by SDR »

Those who believe there should be only one Fallingwater would be relieved to see it go. The author of the piece did all a favor by reminding us of what Fallingwater does look like.

Still, there might have been some nice moments in the interior, brought alive in the late-day sun. Did we ever get such a good look inside, before ? I certainly wouldn't have let that fire grate go to waste !

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peterm
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by peterm »

The sports of the over privileged. It will be interesting to see what monstrosity replaces it.
Here’s to the second Roaring Twenties.

Happy New Year!

Roderick Grant
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by Roderick Grant »

The worst thing about the so-called replica was the way it sat flat on the land. The owner missed the entire point of the house. Yet I doubt what replaces it will fill our hearts with joy.

DRN
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by DRN »

Say what you will about the siting, massing, and formal composition of this house, but in terms of materials and assemblies and millwork, a long time will pass before we see this level detail and craft. That none of the cabinetry was salvaged is a sin.

SDR
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by SDR »

Quite so. From the article:

“It’s probably one of the toughest I’ve torn down,” Stewart said, of the house made largely of concrete and steel, including a concrete roof.

“I’m physically sitting on the second floor with a 75,000 pound excavator and we are not moving,” he said. “It ain’t budging.”

Once the structure is entirely demolished, he said they recycle nearly all the material to “give it another life.”

"Nearly all the material"---for what purpose: fill ?

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by Roderick Grant »

I agree that the quality of construction, cabinetry and finish was of a high order, but the choice of subject was unfortunate. Perhaps if the project for the Washington D. C. reinvention of Fallingwater or the one for Ayn Rand had been executed, the finished result would not have seemed so flat-footed. Nevertheless, it is always better to start from scratch and build something with a new idea behind it.

Reidy
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by Reidy »

Apparently it wasn't the only one in the neighborhood: http://wrightchat.savewright.org/search ... allingland

Roderick Grant
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Re: Lake Geneva Frank Lloyd Wright look-alike demolished

Post by Roderick Grant »

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

No, it isn't.

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