A Frank Lloyd Wright Home, Ctd

A reader writes:

Andrew, did you read the article you linked to? The Detroit house is NOT abandoned; it's been painstakingly (and expensively) restored by Norm Silk and Dale Morgan.  They now open their house and garden for summer jazz concerts organized by Barbara and Spencer Barefield, the couple with whom Ta-Nehisi recently toured Palmer Woods. I have just visited Taliesin West, Wright's architecture school and home in Scottsdale. 

As with most Wright houses, it is charming and hard to live in.  FLW liked small tunnel-like entrances to large spaces, small bedrooms made to feel larger by looking out on landscapes, and tiny bathroom spaces.  His houses are scaled to fit himself and his clients, none of them tall.  

It takes wealthy and/or dedicated people to restore and preserve these places, and sometimes it takes a corporation.  The Meyer May house, one of Wright's most liveable, is a museum owned by Steelcase for the benefit of the company's hometown and is part of the renaissance of Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids.

The point was that it had been abandoned. The link tells the rest of the story. Another writes:

I remember reading about this poor house in Dwell Magazine a few years back. And this one, the Tracy House, looks similar to, but much smaller than, the Turkel House, is for sale in Normandy Park, a community south of Seattle proper. It's waterfront property, the same owners helped to build it and are the only owners until now. 

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