Why is there an invisible slot milled in Frank Lloyd Wright's windows? Should we fill it with something, and if so, what? Architects, homeowners, historians and restorers are welcomed to weigh in.
A vintage wash basin for Frank Lloyd Wright’s water-closet
In a way, our quest to preserve this tiny home is like time travel. We want to understand what Frank Lloyd Wright intended at the time he intended it.
Go ahead: (Insert Leaky Roof Jokes Here…)
Wright's statement chimney was meant to welcome a visitor like a smoke signal emerging from the heart of the house and saying, "we're home, it's warm in here, and you're invited." But in 1918, it leaked.
Wright’s subtle sight-line restored: lessons-learned and before and after pix
Imagine a couple of kids - one hundred years ago - sitting at the table, back to the warm morning sun, sipping milk while one parent flipped breakfast eggs and the other buttered toast and they all planned the weekend. It's not only about seeing things, but about living and being together in an American System-Built House.
Vast Brilliance in One Simple ASBH Drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright
The level of Wright's brilliance and forethought contained on this one page seems stunning - out of this world - to us amateurs.
ASBH Window Prototype Reveals a Cost-for-Quality Decision made by Wright and Richards
As we assembled the proper tools and processes to make Frank Lloyd Wright's window sashes as Arthur Richard’s factory might have made them, we uncovered evidence of a decision to slow production in order to ensure quality, made a century ago.
New colors, roof, gutters and a forensic report
With every plan to repair something on this old house comes an urgency to study and document what is learned in the process.
A quality roof by Frank Lloyd Wright
Wright took special care in specifying the gutters on American System-Built Homes as:
"...galvanized iron gutters and down spouts wherever and as indicated on drawings."
We're doing as he directed.
Unfinished Business – Wright’s Cantilevers
Flower box cantilevers have been missing from the house. We decided to rebuild them and found another Wrightian surprise.
“How to build a warm, strong and dry house”
By specifying Byrkit Lath in this and other American System-Built Houses, Frank Lloyd Wright may have secured this home's legacy.