Sunday, September 7, 2014

Au Revoir Mes Amies

Tomorrow is the day I have been anticipating for a long time. I am going to
Amsterdam, Germany, and France with my daughter, daughter-in-law, and
sister-in-law. I have dreamed of the chance to explore Paris, and now I will
have that opportunity, as we are ending our trip with eight days in the City of
Lights--la Ville Lumiere. I plan to have some awesome pictures to share with
you in October not only of Paris, but of southern France as well.

I received these two sweet handmade cards in the mail this week from two of
my talented friends.

Thanks to all of my friends for their well-wishes.
Have a wonderful month--
stay safe and well.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Walking Tour of Homes in Oak Park, Illinois (Part Two)

I'm back again after another interruption--this time a car accident a month ago in
which I injured my wrist and hand. It is my dominant hand (left) which is in a
removable splint, so I have been coping the best I can.

Here are some long promised pictures of Frank Lloyd Wright homes built in
Oak Park, Illinois (my home town) between 1903 and 1913. They depict his
prairie-style of architecture which inspired the modern European architects of the
1920s. I had no idea what "praire-style" meant, so I decided to do a little research
on it. The elements include a large central fireplace and chimney, a low-pitched
roof,  over-hanging eaves, horizontal lines, and open floor plan.

 Frank S. Thomas House (1901) first Praire style built here

Art critics call Wright's stained glass "leaded glass"--
while he referred to them as "light screens."
He created over 4000 pieces of doors and windows
for 150 of his homes, often as panels to divide rooms. 

   Clerestory windows were often used--a band of narrow
windows along the very top, usually rising above the
adjoining roof. 

Moore-Dugal House originally built Tudor style in 1895
Wright returned to the area to reconstruct home after an
 extensive fire on Christmas Day, 1922.

Harry S. Adams House (1913) last built here

 This bust is in the Austin Gardens on the edge of
the walking tour.

If you are a book lover, I highly recommend
Loving Frank, by Nancy Koran.
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