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Wright Plus Tour 2012

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:56 pm

It will be impossible to post all the photos from our June 2/3 trip to Chicago. If you're interested in seeing the photos of all the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture we visited over the weekend, head on over to my FLW blog and have a look at all the June entries. There's a bunch!

This was the Balch House in Oak Park. This was my favorite private residence on the tour.

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Park Inn & City National Bank (Mason City, IA)

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:42 am

We were fortunate enough to visit the Park Inn September 10 & 11, 2011 during it's grand opening. Originally, the bank was the vault-like east end, with the law offices between the bank and the hotel. The exterior remains true to Wright's Wasmuth Portfolio rendering, and the interior has been very well converted into a modern day hotel. We were very impressed with the interior conversion, and the the attention given to keeping as much of the original plan intact as possible. This was an impressive task, and well done, especially when accommodating modern day ADA laws and fire codes.

This is the north side of the entire complex. The hotel is on the right, originally law and bank offices were in the middle section, and the bank is on the far left.

This is the bank main doors.

This is the hotel meeting room off the main lobby.

This is the skylight stained glass windows in the hotel.

This is the lobby where you check in. The low ceiling upon entering in typical of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. It encourages you to continue on into the larger room.

More windows...

FLW design barrel chairs.

2nd story windows looking out into the city park. Another effort to bring the outdoors "in".

More can be found here.

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Taliesin East - Frank Lloyd Wright

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:45 pm

I took the Highlights Taliesin tour August 4, 2011 (Spring Green, WI). The fact the house was one big architectural experiment was quite evident in the property's constant need of rehabilitation. They were in the process of jacking up the stone pillars of the home in an effort to level the house, which was a slow, tedious process from what I gathered. The no-seam corner windows are gapping badly as they lift one side of the house at a time. The house is certainly showing it's wear, but great effort is also going into saving it. I'd like to revisit in 10 years to see the progress.

There are so many photos from our trip at Taliesin, that I could not possibly post them all here. If you would like to see them all, they can be found here.

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Allen-Lambe House, Wichita, KS

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:00 pm

We had the pleasure to visit the Allen-Lambe House, 225 N. Roosevelt, Wichita, Kansas in October. Designed in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home was occupied by the Allens in 1918. This house is one of Wright's last "prairie" homes. It was built while Wright was in Japan for the Imperial Hotel construction, although he did visit a few times during construction of the house. All the photos from the visit can be found here.

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Church Sanctuary Interior....con't. from previous post

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:57 pm

The interior is modern, but not over-the-top. Thankfully, things were kept simple, and easy to rearrange. They did choose to go with chairs that hook together into rows. There are chairs with arms, and loveseat chairs too, enough variety to please everyone. The panoramic photo is a bit skewed, but I couldn't find a way to fix it well. The seating actually curves towards the front, not to the back. The seating can also be moved into other formations, as nothing is attached to the floor.

Click Here to see seating (large file).

This congregation combined from two separate congregations whose churches were either in a poor location, or very old and high maintenance. One was torn down, and I was able to purchase their church organ at the auction (which is now in my piano studio). The stained glass windows from the two former churches were removed an put into storage while the new church was built, then installed at each end of the main foyer to the new church.

Each large window hangs from ceiling beams.

The front of the sanctuary is very understated but very usable space, with lots of light.

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New Church Building

Category: Architecture & FLW | Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:04 am

The congregation we attend recently moved into a newly constructed building. Many windows light up the interior of the sanctuary and the narthex.

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