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Documented Preservation Efforts at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin

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Welcome to a new monthly segment on preservation at Taliesin brought to you by Ryan Hewson, graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture! Read the segment after the jump.... Join us as we work to preserve, restore and rehabilitate the buildings and landscape at the 600 acre Taliesin Estate. In these posts we will provide updates on current and completed projects at Taliesin. We will also seek to explain some of the issues...




 

 

100_3620 Welcome to a new monthly segment on preservation at Taliesin brought to you by Ryan Hewson, graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture! 

Read the segment after the jump....

Join us as we work to preserve, restore and rehabilitate the buildings and landscape at the 600 acre Taliesin Estate. In these posts we will provide updates on current and completed projects at Taliesin. We will also seek to explain some of the issues and methods that are used to preserve and restore the spaces at Taliesin. It is not the intention to answer all of the questions, but instead share with the public what we uncover and learn through the preservation process. Preservation at Taliesin provides continual insight into Wright's design methodology and unique thoughts on structure and use of building materials.

First photo: Preservation team members work to re-shingle a portion of the lower court roof at the Taliesin Residence


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Second photo: View from behind the recently re created desk to the finished west wall in Mrs. Wright's Bedroom.

One of our most recently completed projects is the restoration of Olgivanna Wright's Bedroom - allowing the room to be on tour for the first time ever. In preparation for the finishes significant structural work was completed on all three levels of the residence.  

This restoration was a challenging project due to a lack of historic photos and the removal of most of the historic finishes. Using the existing photographic and physical evidence along with oral histories from Fellowship members the preservation team was able to create drawings and three dimensional computer models. 

These allowed us to further refine the design and ask deeper questions of our sources. For brevity let us look at a few of the more interesting aspects of this restoration. If you would like to find out more please visit the Preservation Tab on our website that provides more detail on this and other projects.

Mrs. Wright's Room West Wall Renovation Progression

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The photo series above is of the west wall exhibits the transition that this room went through. This wall was a special case - with its plethora of paint evidence, but lack of any corresponding photos. The decision was made to "encapsulate" the wall in furred out drywall that was then plastered and painted. This will allow us to return to this wall if further oral or photographic evidence comes forward.

Iovanna Wright's Terrace Parapet Wall Progression

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This series of photographs indicates the use of hidden structural steel to help support the stone parapet that extends over the roof of Mrs. Wright's Bedroom. The steel takes the weight off of the roof framing resulting in a more stable structure - while not compromising the exterior apperance.

Please visit our website for more information about tours and other activites that are part of the preservation effort.

Images copyright Taliesin Preservation, Inc.


 

 

 
 
 

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