As with other prairie-influenced designs, the chimney sets the tone for the rest of the house. It is intentionally dramatic, like Frank’s fine pork pie fedora. It is also a fake.
Part of organic design, we're learning, is that spaces are sensory, social and evocative; meant for people, not things.
Teddy Kibbie "hated this house" and wouldn't invite friends over.
A hearty congratulations and thank you to the volunteers at Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin (FLWW) for their flawless execution of the Wright and Like 2017 tour.
By specifying Byrkit Lath in this and other American System-Built Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright may have secured this home's legacy.
Then, we poured new concrete, parged walls, and painted matching trim. Today, the Elizabeth Murphy House stands tall and straight, and ready for tour-goers.
The 68" x 72" space was the weak spot in the house when we bought it, and we had plans to quickly make it right. It's Wright now.
Did the Kibbies not like the pebble-dash and cover it for aesthetic reasons only, thereby protecting it for 90 years?
Here is a 1933 image, taken when the Kibbie family lived here.
It is said that Frank Lloyd Wright viewed bathrooms as an afterthought, and our six-by-six foot closet supports that. But we're all-in: down-shifting our lives into smaller spaces with room for fewer things, and Frank is guiding us.