Random Notes - January 2006
29 January 2006
Because I’m working in Philadelphia at the moment, the address of those offices is of some immediate interest. Google and careful reading of the fine print fill the gaps. An annotation on a photograph on the University of Minnesota’s site reveals the address. I took the afternoon to walk to 414 North Third Street, but as expected, there is no longer a building there. As for the Chicago factory published in Brooks, its address appears in a P&E ad. However, Mapquest shows it to be right next to the Stevenson Expressway, making its existence today somewhat unlikely. I would be delighted to have my hunch proved wrongdo you have any further information?
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7 January 2006
News of the loss of another PS house, only 35 years after the fact. Long ago, I saw mention of the Sedgwick S. Brinsmaid House in H. Allen Brooks’ seminal The Prairie Style: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries. It was designed by Arthur Heun, a somewhat obscure member of the Prairie School and one of the Steinway Hall “Eighteen”. Brooks cited the street but no house number; after a couple of futile trips up and down Grand Avenue, I gave up. Google to the rescue: a search for other information on Heun turned up a [no longer available] story in the Des Moines Register, which said the house was demolished in 1971. Google further reveals that some decorative art from the Brinsmaid House is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As always, I welcome your comments about this site or any Prairie School building.
John A. Panning, Lake City, Iowa
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