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A collection of random thoughts, kudos and useful resources for home and business owners looking to do architectural work -additions, renovations or new construction- to their home or small business.

Wednesday
Oct122005

house as family portrait

Every house has the opportunity to become a an intricate tale of the family who built it;  like a portrait to the outside world, but also like a glove fitted to the functions and character of the family.

As Frank Lloyd Wright explains his idea of the house as a family portrait, in a letter to prospective clients, he says,"I try to make each home characteristic of it's owner and an interpretation when possible. I think all of the buildings are entitled to a certain family resemblance..."

"...if the architect is what he ought to be, with his ready technique and consciously works for the client, idealizes the client's character and his client's tastes and makes him feel that the building is his as it really is to such an extent that he can truly say that he would rather have his own house than any other he has ever seen."

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