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Well, this isn't any old home, but it's old & it's beautiful. I was doing a job downtown today, just down the street from the Rookery.

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the renovation in 1907-ish, it fell into disrepair, & then was renovated (again) in the early 90's. I just had my cheesey digital, so picture quality is pathetic, but just try to imagine.

It's just plain inspiring for an inspectin' boy to behold.......

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Originally posted by hausdok

Very Kewl,

There's a whole lot of fine work there. What ever happened to all of those skills anyway?

OT - OF!!!

M.

I think the combined onslaught of the International Style coupled w/the Depression killed it off.

Any one here read "From Bauhaus to Our House"? It's a pretty dead on assessment of what happened.

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Ah Kurt...lovely, lovely, lovely. And not a hint of any idiotic, useless elements either.

I saw a piece on some revered modern architect on 60 Minutes a year or two ago, who starts every project with a sculpture that looks all but impossible as a building. Floppy, wobbly, wavy, and endlessly curvy looking, every one. Then they figure out how to fit a building inside the shape, which leaves all sorts of dead space, dead ends, and hard-to-use oddball areas. I couldn't help thinking how absurd it was to celebrate such work as "great architecture", comparable with that of masters like Wright. Interesting to look at, yes, very; practical and useful performance, no. Then again, I'm a dedicated form-follows-function guy. So sue me. [^]

Brian G.

Now I Know What to Do With My Den [:-dopey]

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