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Group shouldn't move walls in Martin House

Let's hear it for Darwin W. Martin this time! The reported decision to restore windows and walls of the Darwin Martin House to their original design by Frank Lloyd Wright leaves something to be desired, even to this fan of Wright architecture. Wright's pre-emptory and proprietary behaviors associated with his designs are well-documented. The man usually got his way over his clients' objections, and they always cost more besides.

In Martin, we had a man who commissioned Wright to design living spaces we all know locally. The changes Martin made to the Jewett Parkway house were for the benefit, even safety, of his family. It seems that could be celebrated even in the context of a Frank Lloyd Wright design. After all, to paraphrase, is not someone's house that person's castle?



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