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(The New York Times)   ..and once we bulldoze this Frank Lloyd Wright home, we'll head on over to the Louvre   (nytimes.com) divider line 162
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2012-10-04 12:55:00 AM  
It's just an old house. Why care who built it or lived in it. Its just a farking house. I did some extensive work on a house in Charlotte NC. The homeowner had farking brochures at the door which he had to hand out to us tlling us that a former mayor of Charlotte and some Jewish civil rights activist from the 60's lived there. So farking what, we did not give a shiat. What was funny was the house (built around 1910) was built like shiat. Like most of them were. It's just an old house.
 
2012-10-04 02:07:03 AM  
Arizona! The Florida of the west!
 
2012-10-04 02:12:26 AM  

A Fark Handle: e fair the outside of the louvre could use a bulldozing. granted we sho


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2012-10-04 06:41:19 AM  

LemSkroob: OgreMagi: From what I have read, a FLW house was great to look at, but they aren't designed for actual people to live in. One example I vaguely remember reading is the owner complained that the design had a kitchen that was much too small to be useful and FLW though a hissy fit about it being art.

Is there an architecture fark expert that can correct me or provide more details?

There are a lot of concerns that people bring up today about what they see as shortcomings in his houses. Kitchens too small, ceilings too low, rooms too small, etc, but you are seeing today is through 21st century eyes. In the early 1900s, there were still a lot of people without indoor plumbing, let alone giant side-by-side fridges, King size beds, 52" plasma TVs, Central Air, and eight-piece bathrooms. A lot of furniture was built-in because most people didnt own more than a few basic pieces of furniture. Ceilings were low because thats less air volume you need to heat in the winter, and the large overhangs are to keep out the harsh summer sun.

The houses are liveable, albeit just so. Hosting dinner parties every sunday might be tough, but for a family to live, there was a sense of comfort and warmth to his homes.

If you really want to see what unlivable looks like, see what the Internationalists were doing at roughly the same time.


I bet you could rebuild most of his original designs in a totally kickass way with modern technology, so that they wouldn't fall apart at all or require endless maintenance; in fact a replica of something like Falling Water today would probably be far cheaper to keep up. The magic of progress turns faith-based engineering into working!
 
2012-10-04 11:59:11 AM  
I've never understood the Hero Worship some people have for FLW. He designed a hotel that survived an earthquake in Japan, good. He designed a leaky office building in Buffalo that got torn down, MEH. I've seen pictures of the chairs he designed for the Darwin Marin house and those look like they were designed for people coming out of Aushwitz, bad.
 
2012-10-04 12:17:12 PM  

sharpie_69: peewinkle: Johnson and Johnson hired Wright to come to Racine, WI (where their world HQ is/was)

S.C Johnson and Son's called -- they want their name, and location back.

Johnson & Johnson is not, nor has ever been in Racine...


Um..... smoke more Bath Salts... if it weren't for J&J, they would have blown Racine off the map into the lake years ago.

Caledonia, to be technical, yes, but many of their offices are in Racine. That's like being from The South and calling out Hollywood from LA. Just not as glamorous. Well, Caledonia DOES have a shiat ton of FLW buildings...

Lemmie, guess, yer from Green Bay
 
2012-10-04 12:18:55 PM  
Also, I was the guy SC Johnson's grandson hit when he smashed his Ferrari up at 3 Mile and Douglas....
 
2012-10-04 12:58:56 PM  
Living in AZ I have seen first hand the state's general hatred for anything pre 1980s. Tucson and Phoenix seem to be in a race to destroy all older buildings. Recently Tucson torn down an entire neighborhood of older houses. The city stated they did it for "road widening". After the demo they install a stupid cactus garden and foot path that no one uses. Then they started their rampage thru midtown demolishing whole blocks of houses to build ugly multi story housing for the UofA. Soon Phoenix and Tucson will be nothing but strip malls, parking garages, and student housing.

We should just change the state moto to :If you're not a college student or rich GET OUT."
 
2012-10-04 01:16:56 PM  

LV426: Living in AZ I have seen first hand the state's general hatred for anything pre 1980s. Tucson and Phoenix seem to be in a race to destroy all older buildings. Recently Tucson torn down an entire neighborhood of older houses. The city stated they did it for "road widening". After the demo they install a stupid cactus garden and foot path that no one uses. Then they started their rampage thru midtown demolishing whole blocks of houses to build ugly multi story housing for the UofA. Soon Phoenix and Tucson will be nothing but strip malls, parking garages, and student housing.


I'm a transplant to Phoenix and as it's been told to me, all of this is done due to pressure by Fulton, Ryan Homes, etc. The logic is that if there are no homes of quality construction or with unique features to compare to, you can't see the crap you're forced into buying.

It's a conspiracy theory, but I'll parrot it.
 
2012-10-04 01:22:26 PM  

TenJed_77: A Fark Handle: e fair the outside of the louvre could use a bulldozing. granted we sho

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ok, i really just don't like the glass pyramid. the rest is a perfectly boringly old palace.
 
2012-10-04 02:24:31 PM  

Boxcutta: MBooda: I'll just leave this here.
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Oh, no you don't. You pick it back up this instant and take it back to Fox Nation where you found it.


No, I stole the idea from somebody named Rand.

/but she probably also stole it from some committee
 
2012-10-05 01:42:41 AM  

A Fark Handle: ok, i really just don't like the glass pyramid. the rest is a perfectly boringly old p


I get that,hate that farking thing.
 
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