Post by Tony Cooper
In case it didn't come to your attention, the linked article is about
Thank you. I'm not in the habit of seeing USA Today.
One of the hotels a meeting put me at offered the option of a 50c deduction
in the daily room rate for anyone who chose not to receive USA Today. But
since the meetings usually only include one or two weekday mornings, it
seems rather an empty gesture.
I'm surprised that it wasn't until 1979 that an archived unbuilt design was
sold to a client -- Taliesin Associates did that quite regularly. The
difficulties the original owner had in construction would have been
mitigated if it had been built when it was designed, because the design
usually came with an Apprentice who would guide the craftsmen in the special
techniques Mr. Wright wanted, and would also make decisions when the plans
proved inadequate, as here.
But the present owners and their buyer shouldn't think that they're getting
a pure FLlW house. Various of the details, as the article mentions, would
not have been countenanced by him, so there was a lot of fiddling with it
even when it was built in 1979. He would sometimes visit his houses unannounced
and put the furniture back where his plan said it would be. I don't know
_what_ he might have done if he'd seen gutters attached to his eaves! If
the client had insisted, then he would have found his own way to provide
drainage from the edges of the roof.
Post by Tony Cooper
And, a column in the _Orlando Sentinel_ by Joy Dickinson on FLW
creations in Florida.
Ms Dickinson writes weekly columns on subjects of local interest.
The Lewis House is well known. Florida Southern College is less well known,
because they didn't really build what he designed, and when they expanded
they didn't do it in accordance with his master plan, and it's only had one
book about it that I've been able to find. (And its photographs are inadequate,
I suspect because every effort was made to not show stuff he hadn't intended.)