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Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:42 PM

Classic Frank Lloyd Wright

Pettit Chapel

http://agraveinterest.blogspot.com/2012/06/frank-lloyd-wrights-cemetery-designs.html

in search of my Grandfather's gravesite in Belvidere, IL... he is just across the drive from the Chapel: cremated in 1929 (rare for the times- he drowned in Lake Champlain, Colchester, VT and then shipped to Illinois ) and placed at the foot of my Great-Grandmother's grave (who died either at his birth or shortly after)...

thank you to the lovely ladies at the Belvidere Cemetery office



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Reply Classic Frank Lloyd Wright (Original post)
handmade34 Mar 2015 OP
liberal N proud Mar 2015 #1
handmade34 Mar 2015 #7
snappyturtle Mar 2015 #2
handmade34 Mar 2015 #8
Mira Mar 2015 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2015 #3
handmade34 Mar 2015 #6
Mira Mar 2015 #4
handmade34 Mar 2015 #5
ChazInAz Mar 2015 #9
handmade34 Mar 2015 #10
ChazInAz Mar 2015 #14
PosterChild Mar 2015 #11
Fortinbras Armstrong Mar 2015 #13
Divernan Mar 2015 #15
handmade34 Mar 2015 #16
Mz Pip Mar 2015 #17

Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 06:49 PM

1. Love that style

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:13 PM

7. I think what I like about it

is that it is immediately recognizable and... comfortable

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:10 PM

2. Beautiful...thanks for posting. nt

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Response to snappyturtle (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:16 PM

8. it is much simplier than this

but I love all his work


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Response to handmade34 (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 09:39 PM

12. I was there in January look:



I rushed across town and could not wait to go in - and it was Thursday.
The Guggenheim is closed on Thursday. Who knew?

So I walked down the street to the Metropolitan. Now I realize I want to spend a week in that museum. I was simply blown away.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 07:45 PM

3. How lovely...thanks for these wonderful photos. n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:12 PM

6. I delight

in architecture and the simple lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's creations are just very nice

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 08:10 PM

4. What a treat. The beauty arrests.

The third one:Is that a band of just light???

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Response to Mira (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 11, 2015, 09:10 PM

5. yes

the sun was low and bright... I just was taken by the clean lines of this very simple building... and to think my relatives are buried just feet away from it!

funny though... found out my Great Grandfather's spelling of our name is different than mine now (the "i" does not exist in his surname) It is a classic Danish name (he came over from Denmark) and I'm thinking when my Grandfather went into the Army (WWI) the i was added???

another thing I have to get to the bottom of

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 02:02 PM

9. I'm originally from Illinois.

Scattered throughout the state you can find examples of his Prairie Style. The Dana Thomas House in my hometown is one of my favorites.

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Response to ChazInAz (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 12, 2015, 03:40 PM

10. Ahhh

if are in Arizona, then you see his work also... he was pretty prolific

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 12:39 PM

14. That's right.

One of our first destinations when we moved here in 1979 was a tour of Taliesin West.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Fri Mar 13, 2015, 06:11 AM

13. I was once talking to a man who bought a Wright house in Oak Park, Illinois

He had to sign an extremely restrictive covenant when he bought it, essentially saying that he would change nothing without getting the permission of two boards. It took him six weeks to get permission to have the furnace and hot water heater replaced, and he was essentially told that he could forget about updating the kitchen. He said he felt more like the curator of a museum than the owner of a house, and within a couple of years he sold it.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 02:00 AM

15. My childhood friend lived in a Wright house.

http://livability.com/il/kankakee/attractions/frank-lloyd-wright-homes-side-side-kankakee-il
The above link is to the Warren-Hickox house in Kankakee, Il. It is located next door to and was built at the same time as the larger Bradley House (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Harley_Bradley_House).

There's a photo of my friend's home at the first link:
Kankakee is the only city in the world where you'll find two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes side-by-side. Both homes have been privately owned and off limits to tourists – until now.

The nonprofit group Wright in Kankakee recently acquired the title of one of the homes, known as the Harley Bradley House, and will open it as a museum. The group is collecting donations and furniture for the house, which is perched on the bank of the Kankakee River. News of the home being opened to the public caught the attention of the New York Times and news outlets in nearby Chicago. The Bradley House is Wright's first Prairie-style home, according to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, based in Chicago.

The two homes embody Wright’s renowned Prairie-style architecture, which emphasizes low, earth-hugging buildings that include gable roofs with wide overhangs and features long, horizontal lines that mimic the flat horizon of the Midwest prairie. The Prairie style departs from the traditional European styles that dominated American architecture throughout the 1800s.

The Warren-Hickox House has undergone little change over the years. The Bradley House, however, has seen many changes. It has had several owners over its 105-year history, including Audubon Society president Joseph Dodson. It also served as a restaurant for 30 years and then as an office building. Eventually, it was fully restored to Frank Lloyd Wright’s house design plan from June 1900.


My childhood home, a classic Four Square, was a block away, and designed by one of Wright's apprentices when Wright came to Kankakee to build the 2 Wright houses.
The American Foursquare or "Prairie Box" was a post-Victorian style, which shared many features with the Prairie architecture pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright. During the early 1900s and 1910s, Wright even designed his own variations on the Foursquare, including the Robert M. Lamp House, "A Fireproof House for $5000", and several two-story models for the American System-Built Homes. Unlike other houses of the style, Wright's versions featured more open main floor plans achieved by removing or minimizing partitions between the entry, living room, and dining room. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Foursquare


My parents actually considered buying the smaller of the 2 Wright homes (the one my friend's family eventually bought), but chose our home because it was riverfront and my Dad could have a dock and his beloved Chris Craft boat. The apprentice architect had greatly enhanced the classic design by adding sunrooms opening through french doors from both the dining room and the master bedroom - each with three walls of windows overlooking a beautiful river; multiple bay windows with window seats; a "hidden" servants' staircase; a 12 foot long hall/butler's pantry connecting the kitchen and dining room; several leaded glass windows and an integral garage. I live in a far more modest home today, but wow! what a childhood!

As children, we had no knowledge of the architectural provenance of these homes in which we played hide-and-seek, had sleepovers, slumber parties, birthday parties, scout meetings, pre-prom parties, baked brownies after school, and just generally hung out. The Wright house was terrific for big parties because of the way the large rooms opened into each other. I know every nook and cranny of Wright's Warren-Hickox house, and remember them some 60 years later. But the best thing about those memories is that they are peopled with my family and my friend and her family (high school jock big brother, bratty younger brother, adorable baby sister and very kind parents) and my high school friends in their senior prom finery at our first "grown-up" party in that house.

Lovely memories - thanks for your post which triggered them!


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Response to Divernan (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 14, 2015, 09:13 AM

16. love other people's stories....



and I love photographs that evoke memories

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Mar 15, 2015, 07:57 PM

17. I love FLW.

There are several of his houses in the Chicagoland area. IIRC Oak Park has a whole neighborhood.

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