6201 KHz, Germania (19??)
Frank Lloyd Wright/Thomas A. Heinz, Residenza Massaro, lago Mahopac, New York (USA) (2003–2007)
Frank Lloyd Wright, who called himself the greatest living American architect, can still kick up controversy 47 years after his death.
A squabble over his legacy pits Wright purists, a prickly bunch, against a retired sheet-metal contractor named Joe Massaro, who is building a home in Putnam County, New York, based on designs Wright sketched in 1950. The purists argue that any deviation from what the master architect intended means Massaro can’t call his home a true Frank Lloyd Wright creation. And since Massaro is working from sketches, not blueprints, his project can’t be legitimate.
“He says his construction is within 2 inches of Wright’s design,” Wright expert William Allin Storrer said. “Nuts to that! You design it exactly according to plan or you don’t call it a Frank Lloyd Wright house.”
Wright purists argue that Massaro’s 26 skylights are domed; Wright designed skylights that were flat.
Massaro counters that the flat ones leak.
“So what?” [Wright expert William Allin Storrer] said. “Modern sealants can prevent leakage. Otherwise, let them leak and be Wrightian, or don’t claim to be Wrightian.”
Wright defenders insist that the designs stamped into the home’s copper fascia are too shallow. They also point to some of Wright’s drawings that show a stairway coming off the cantilevered deck.
Massaro said he didn’t build the stairs because they would descend into 3 feet of water.
If the purists’ objections seem petty, it’s because the little things matter a great deal to Wright’s fans.
— Bob Ivry/Bloomberg, New ‘Frank Lloyd Wright’ Home Rises; Purists Protest (13 novembre 2006)
Mr. Massaro has no plans to sell the house. “Not even Donald Trump has enough money to buy it from me,” he said, adding that he planned to leave it to his children and their children.
— Elsa Brenner/New York Times, Using a Legend’s Plans, 53 Years Later (19 settembre 2004)
Imagine your own 11-acre island, complete with a spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house as its crowning jewel. Just 47 miles from New York City, this pristine retreat boasts 200-year-old beech trees, a 5000-square foot main residence and cottage for weekend guests.
aspetta aspetta aspetta un secondo…
ne prendo cinque.