Lamp House Update
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Michael Bridgeman sends an update on the ongoing story of the proposed development in Madison, WI near Frank Lloyd Wright's Robert Lamp House. Read more after the jump... Michael writes: "On Monday night [Feb 9, 2015] the Madison Plan Commission voted to approve the latest proposal for an AC Marriott hotel on the downtown block that includes the Lamp House. A brief article from the Wisconsin State Journal can be read here. The proposal requires...
"On Monday night [Feb 9, 2015] the Madison Plan Commission voted to approve the latest proposal for an AC Marriott hotel on the downtown block that includes the Lamp House. A brief article from the Wisconsin State Journal can be read here.
The proposal requires a change in zoning on part of the project site that will allow for ten stories on a site currently zoned for six (the left side of the building in the photo that is part of the news article). One consequence is that the new hotel will cast shadow on the third level of the Lamp House.
The special Lamp House Block report which was approved last year gives considerable attention "to ensure meaningful sunlight reaches the Lamp House rooftop at the equinoxes." Shadow studies showed that the new building would cast shadows during 13% of daylight hours on the equinox. This, in the estimation of most commissioners, still allowed for "meaningful sunlight" reaching the Lamp House.
The final vote was 5 in favor and 3 opposed. The final step for the hotel proposal is approval by the Common Council. I have every reason to expect it will pass easily.
Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for communicating with the Plan Commission. A number of people spoke in opposition to the proposal including the chair of the committee that created the special Lamp House Block report."
Thanks Michael. It's not an ideal situation, but one that preservationists will have to find a silver lining to. At least attention was given to this often overlooked Wright design and plan we're radically altered from something that would have likely been far worse for the house.
Image via Wisconsin State Journal