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Hardy House "One Day Only" Tour Wrap-Up

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 02, 2013 01:06 AM
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by Eric last modified Oct 01, 2013

PrairieMod reader, Dave Arland, was kind enough to send along some photos and write about his recent experience touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House in Racine, WI. More after the jump... Dave writes: "As a regular reader of Prairie Mod, I thought you might appreciate having a few exterior snapshots of the newly restored Hardy House in Racine, Wisconsin that opened briefly for tours on Sunday (yesterday) during the Preservation Racine annual housewalk. I made...




 

 

South ApproachPrairieMod reader, Dave Arland, was kind enough to send along some photos and write about his recent experience touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House in Racine, WI. More after the jump...

Dave writes:

"As a regular reader of Prairie Mod, I thought you might appreciate having a few exterior snapshots of the newly restored Hardy House in Racine, Wisconsin that opened briefly for tours on Sunday (yesterday) during the Preservation Racine annual housewalk. I made the trip up to Racine from my home near Indianapolis.

Long Line

Several hundred people waited in lines to view the house, which (as you know) was purchased last year and has been undergoing a substantial restoration. While the home is not yet 100% completed, housewalk attendees were treated to tours of three of the home's seven levels — including servants quarters, the rear terrace, upstairs living room, and various bedrooms and kitchen. Photos inside the house were not permitted.

Several people in line wondered why there was no garage (it was built in 1905, three years before the Model T), and an on-site architect was there to explain the similarities between the linear Hardy House design and other unbuilt Wright projects of the same time period.

Hardy

The beautiful art glass windows that line the street side of the Hardy House, which feature an abstraction of the floor plan, were newly recreated by Oakbrook Esser Studios (a century-old Wisconsin art glass company licensed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.) Original windows were removed and could not be conserved because of advanced deterioration.

Pano Lake

Hats off to new Hardy House owner and steward Gene Szymczak, both for conducting the year-long restoration and for opening his new home to hundreds throughout the day."

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and photos of what seems like a truly memorable day. Learn more about the ongoing restoration of this important house at the blog, Wright in Racine, and then pick up a copy of the book Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House (on sale at Pomegranate's webstore!)

All images copyright Dave Arland


 

 

 
 
 

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