Theodore Pappas House For Sale

The Theodore Pappas House in St. Louis is for sale. The house, a Usonian Automatic originally designed in the mid-1950s for an employee of the St. Louis Browns. The house was completed in 1964.

The house is being sold off-market, so there's no website. You can see the floor plan and B&W photos of the house taken in the 1970s in the property's application for inclusion in the National Resistration of Historic Places and there are a few more current photos availiable through a Google Image search

If you are interested in purchasing the house, you can contact

[Not Even Close to On-topic] This Makes Me Happy

Gov. Scott Walker is tied with his challenger in the most recent poll.

For God's sake, in Wisconsin you can register on election day. Trust me, it's harder to fall out of bed than it is to organize a state with same-day registration (remember, I do this stuff quasi-professionally).

If you guys haven't put Scottie Walker away by early October, I'll come to Wisconsin myself and teach you how to knock on doors.

Art at the Gordon House

The Oregonian has an article about an upcoming exhibition of art at the Gordon House, a Usonian designed by Wright in 1957 but not built until the early 1960s. The house was moved in 2002 and then opened to the public.

The piece includes a short but nicely-done photo gallery of the house and, easy to miss mid-way down on the left side, is a color drawing of the house done by Mr. Wright himself -- worth following the link by itself.

The Oregonian seems to like the Gordon House -- here's articles on the Gordon House and music, and the house's kitchen.

The Courtyard of an "Honest Building"

ScoutingNY is a blog by a New York City-based location scout. This past winter, he discovered and photographed the hidden-from-passers-by courtyard of the Plaza Hotel.

Wright, who once called the Plaza Hotel an "honest building" lived in the Plaza for a few years in the 1950 as the Guggenheim Museum was going up. His suite there was dubbed "Taliesin East".

Oh, for God's Sake ...

It's a damn shame that Wierd Al alreday shot the video for his parody of the "Happy" song, because the William Thaxton house would be a great setting for "Tacky".

And, it's for sale. Asking price: $3.2 million.

Only the delusional still consider it a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Wright's 1954 Usonian was about 1,800 square feet; the house today is a freakishly obese 9,100 sq. feet, though that includes the "children's wing".

The original house came close to demolition in the early 1990s, when the current owners bought it, undid years of garish alterations -- including pineapple finials on the roof and ionic (and possibly ironic) columns -- and built a U-shaped addition around the original and made various, sweeping interior changes.

As I wrote in 2011: "Your Bond villain called. He wants his lair back".

Off Topic, But not by That Much

Two items for a quiet Sunday morning:

Urban Giants

Here is an 8 minute documentary on two telecommunications building built in New York City just before the Depression -- buildings still being used for thier original purpose more than 80 yeas later.

Urban Giants from Telx on Vimeo.

(via Kottke)

Becker on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Seven years ago, Lynn Becker was a fierce opponent of the plan to move the Chicago Children's Musuem to a new building built in Grant Park. He was part of a loud chorus of opposition that beat back a powerful mayor and well-funded public relations campaign. His article written for the Chicago Reader presented a wide-ranging, well-researched argument against the relocation.

But he's defending the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art's proposed location on the lakefront. He lays out solid reasons for tentatively supporting the location and a list of serious questions that should be anwswered before the project progresses. He also links to the high-profile critics of the plan, offering a help introduction to the controversy.

Looking for Wright's Rides

The 2015 Arizonza Concours d'Elegance, held this year at the Wright-influanced Billmore Hotel, will feature a category for cars owned by Frank Lloyd Wright. The organizers are looking for the 54 cars that Wright was known to have owned throughtout his life. 10 have been found (many are suspected to have been scrapped during WWII) and at least two are going to be featured at the event. The Frank Lloyd Wright Fondation is helping with the search. So far, two cars have been confirmed for the show: an AC Six built in 1937 and a 1953 Bentley R-type Coup.

A councours d'elegance is an event for car collectors though, as an organizaer noted, Wright appeciated and owned beautiful cars, was no car collector:

Collectors get cars and they preserve them — he beat the hell out of them," Winkler said. "He used them and abused them and made them look the way he wanted them to look.

They were basic transportation, but when he went down the street he wanted to be noticed so he would drive cars or own cars that were very distinctive. And his tastes were superb as you would expect of an architect of his pedigree.

One car confirmed for the event is Wright's 1937 AC 16/80. The car, owned by Wright enthusiasts from Dallas, Texas, has been restored to the way it looked when Wright owned it. A famous photo of Wright and Olgivanna sitting in the AC was the cover photo of the Winter 2010 issue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly. Purchased in 1948, Wright owned the AC until his death.

Taliesin I

via PrairieMod

Frank Lloyd Wright's first version of Taliesin, built in 1911 was lost to a catastrophic fire in 1914. Animation studio Skyline Ink has worked with Taliesin Preservation, Inc. to create images of the orginal Taliesin based on that organization's continuing research. Skyline has taken advantage of the lack of evidence of the orginal colors by rendering the images in 1911-appropriate black and white.

Music at the Gordon House

Wright intended music to be a part of every house that he designed, and the Gordon House in Oregon was no exception. In addition to a space designed for a piano designed with an eye towards good acoustics, the library included room for records and a stereo system.

On July 12, the Gordon House will again be filled with music. Pianist Maria Antonia Garcia will perform at 7PM with singer and guitarist Mario Diaz and violinist Heather Mastel-Lipson. Tickets are $20-30 in advance, $25 at the door.

On Aug. 22, the Salem Chamber Symphony Soiree will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Call 503-874-6006 for more information.

The Gordon House is open for tours Wednesdays through Mondays, reservations required.

Bachman Wilson House Update

The first steps in reconstructing the Bachman Wilson house on the grounds of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas has begun. The pieces of the house arrived at the museum in late April and preperation of the site has begun.

The museum expects the reconstruction of the house itself will begin in early October, and said that visitors will be welcome to watch the progress:

The museum hopes to have the Bachman Wilson House open to visitors May 1, but Crystal Bridges is trying to accommodate visitors wanting an in-person view of the process.

“You wouldn’t believe how much access we give the public,” Eccleston said. “You can literally go across Crystal Pond and set up and you can watch board by board going up in October.”

You can follow the process on the website of the museum here and they have posted short videos of the various steps here.