I was watching a PBS film on the restoration of the Boynton House that was restored a little while back. The couple who bought the house spent over $800,000.00 to buy it and then over 2 million to restore it after discovering what bad shape it was in. It is now good for at least another 100 years.
Typical FLW house. They are so easy to spot once you know what he did as an architect. Very impressive.
I went to visit Fallingwater several years back and was admonished by the tour guide because I accidently brushed against a painting.
Anyone else like this sort of stuff?
Isn't Fallingwater all nasty and moldy now from the moisture?
The Turkel House in Detroit was for sale about 25 yrs. ago for about $125,000.
I had thought about making an offer at that time, but then thought it too risky given its location.
Now I wish I had. Even if it is located in the city of Detroit.
I do like his houses but they seem to be priced very high for what they are.
I love the ones that include the furniture and fittings that were designed to go with the house. Also love the FLW room on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Fallingwater was being restored when I was there. Certain areas of the house were not accessible to the hordes of tourists being guided through the house.
Looking at some of the pictures at the link at r1, I have to say that the house was not as big and roomy as those pics indicate. It felt very small to me. Of course the selling point is having that stream rushing under the place. It was so calming and restful, but then I always loved the sounds of rushing waters.
Here's a slide show on the refurb of the Boynton House.
[quote]Of course the selling point is having that stream rushing under the place. It was so calming and restful, but then I always loved the sounds of rushing waters.
Doesn't the sound make you want to pee about 10 minutes?
I wish I had a pergola just so I could say I have a pergola.
Maybe a gazebo instead or.....maybe a pergola leading to a gazebo.
Talk about classy!
There was an FLW home in my hometown.
The town talk was that it leaked like a sieve.
Have no idea if this was true or not.
I have been to many plays at The Dallas Theater, designed by FLW.
R15: Wright buildings often have tricky roofs (often flat or somewhat flat with problem-fraught systems of drainage), and the construction techniques often represent a mix of cost-saving and experimental techniques. As a result, the problems of Wright buildings are so well known as to be sometimes overstated: everyone assumes a Wright building will need expensive work to stabilize ill-conceived foundations, that the roof leaks like a sieve, and that the place will be a textbook example of how concrete is not forever.
Part of the problem is that, as modern buildings, expectations are high for all the mod cons being in place and ready to move in and enjoy. A lot of Wright houses have been over-restored multiple times over when it would have been better had they found owners who were happy with what they had rather than some ideal that can't be overlaid with great success upon Wright's reality.
The frequent complaint that Wright had very specific and inflexible ideas for how each space should be used (ideas that didn't always go over well with his clients and haven't always grown more accepted with time). For me, Wright houses are always interesting but only occasionally lovely or desirable. It comes down to aesthetics and I don't like the mean, low-ceilinged spaces that are common to varying degrees throughout much of his work. His earliest houses, while regarded as less innovative, tend to be more pleasing spaces in terms of volume and scale.
Those low ceilings were a great response to post-Victorian McMansion proportions. So many of the houses pushed on the market had junior-exec footprints with ridiculously high ceilings.
His leaky corner metal windows were adopted by many cool houses built in late 40s and 50s. You can see where many people have swapped them out with vinyl shit just for the insulation value.
I always wondered, how does the flat roof handle over time with rain and snow?
I can see myself living in this one, r6.
Really like the ambience.
Thanks for the link.
Buy it for me? Pretty please, with a cherry on top?
R17, I agree. I lived in a later FLW house. It was unlivable. He certainly was one of the early architects that had no idea, or did not give a damn how people actually lived. He also was typically sexist in that his kitchens and laundry areas are unusable. He clearly had no idea about what "women's work" entailed.
Not a house, but an college campus of buildings in Central Florida designed by Wright.
Slide show opens in another window with 75 photos.
R4, that was Taliesin, in SW Wisconsin. I grew up and currently live 45 minutes away from there. I went there as part of a class trip in middle school, but can barely remember it. Last summer, I thought it would be a fun day trip to go back up for a tour. I looked online, and the full tour ( house, studio, grounds) was around 80 bucks. The " house only" tour wasn't much less. I like FLW, but not that much.
Does anyone know if Frank Lloyd Wright was ever summarily dismissed from a commission?
For being an unmitigated horse's ass to his clients?
The actress Anne Baxter was one of FLW's descendants.
Prairie school is my favorite style of architecture. I had no idea the interiors of the later homes were so unlivable from a practical perspective.
Ages ago a friend had a key to the Robie House, and we would get high there in the late afternoon. It was amazing to watch the light and shadows move as the sun set outside that house.
[quote] The actress Anne Baxter was one of FLW's descendants
Yes, she was his granddaughter.