Let us continue our tour around Springfield, Illinois and now go into the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. This museum was full of artifacts and photos from Abraham Lincoln and his time in the White House. This photo is actually a stiches together series of photos into a panorama of the War Gallery. There were hundreds of original Civil War photographs there.
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Here we are at Abraham Lincoln’s New Salem in Illinois. He lived and worked here from 1830-1837. The state of Illinois has reconstructed the log cabin village from the original cabins on their original foundations here. At the village blacksmiths shop the blacksmith was working on making some tongs at the forge. Even the blacksmiths shop was a log cabin.
Just 20 miles outside of Springfield, Illinois is the tiny old town of New Salem where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1830-1837. He floated in on a boat down the river and was offered a job in a store there. It is here he first ran for political office and failed, but he kept at it. He worked as a postmaster, surveyor and enlisted in the militia for the Black Hawk Indian War, which was required. He was voted by his men to lead them overwhelmingly.
These log cabins (30+ of them) were original to the site and are now a State Historical site. Earlier, the citizens of New Salem decided to move the town and all the cabins and buildings were relocated to another town. Recently, the entire town was moved back to its original site by the State on the original foundations.
For more history see: New Salem
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South of Buffalo, NY on the tall 65 foot stone cliffs of Lake Erie is the Greycliff Estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in about 1927. Here we continue our tour of the interior of this mansion. This is a view of the table set in the dining room with views overlooking Lake Erie. You can see there is restoration going on in the house, but it is stable and saved by the Greycliff Conservancy.
The Greycliff Estate was designed and made by Frank Lloyd Wright on the cliffs of Lake Erie just South of Buffalo, NY for Isabelle Martin. She was the wife of the famous Larkin Soap magnet Darwin Martin who’s house we visited last. This is a panoramic view of the house made from four individual photographs merged together. The Main House is on the left center with its pond out front with running waterfall under the overhanging entrance. The building to the right is the “Foster House” above the garage where Isabelle Martin’s daughter lived with her husband. This “apartment” was way bigger than most peoples houses and had a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright’s characteristic cantilevered architecture. It and the main house were connected by large Wright stone fences that solidified the design into a large “L” shape.
They had some images of the original drawings and plans at the Welcome center of the Darwin Martin House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in about 1905 in Buffalo, NY. Here you can see the Pilons that supported the house much like in a modern high rise commercial building. This allowed the walls to be non structural.
Here is an original Perspective view of the Darwin Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright:
This birdseye view with arrows shows the lines of the entire Martin House Complex with its long central hallway connecting the main house to the Conservatory:
This above view has a lot of the landscaping originally shown as it was intended by Wright.
At the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin Martin House in Buffalo, NY there was a very long breezeway or Pergola between the main house and the Conservatory and Carriage house. This long horizontal roofed pathway was 189 feet long with open spaces on the sides that look like windows but let in the cold air and snow. This was however protected by wide low eves. Outside it was lined with the same yellow Roman bricks with narrow horizontal rows as the rest of the house and walls. Here is an outside view of the long walkway:
Inside this was a beautiful space with a long hallway that looked like a commercial building laid on its side and each pilon being a separate story. You may notice that there are very few inside photographs of the Darwin Martin House. They do NOT allow any photographs inside. The breezeway is considered “outside” so here:
This view was about one half the way down the corridor as there were people crowed behind. Even the elements of the corridor looked like the rest of the Frank Lloyd Wright house. How did the Martins get from the main house to the Conservatory in the depth of Winter? They walked this cold and snowy walkway? No, do you see the glass panels on the floor in a diamond pattern? They are skylights to a below ground corridor that lies directly below allowing the Martins to walk from one side to the other without going out in the cold. This entire end of the corridor and two other buildings were reconstructed as they had been torn down by a developer who had bought the land and put up three hideous apartment complexes. These were eventually bought and torn down and replaced with the originally intended structures.
The Roman bricks were no longer made from way back in 1905 so they had new ones cast to the same color and size and then had to cut each one down lengthwise to make them narrow enough.
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So we are continuing our tour of the outside of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built Darwin Martin house in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.. Here you can easily see the large Horizontal nature of this design. The original house in 1903-1905 was supposed to cost $175,000 but came in at closer to $300,000 on completion. The seven building complex had 29,000 square feet with a very expensive component being the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Artglass Windows. These were about 400 of these and many individual windows are worth more than a modern entire house today with a lot being in Modern Art museums all over. Each window had 750 individual pieces of hand cut glass.
Here you can see the wide horizontal elements with long cantilevered eves overhanging with their large copper gutters. The low walls interconnected the various buildings and courtyards and the narrow horizontal ribbed yellow roman brick further emphasized the horizontal forms. You can see the massive heavy and wide chimneys and rows of windows letting in natural light. All this was foreign in 1905 to architecture. The weight of the house was carried by large steel and concrete columns on each corner so that the walls were not load bearing or structural. This allowed freedom of design to place in wide doorways and lots of windows.
The complex of buildings can be seen in this model from a broader view. This would be a perfect place to take a quadcopter drone photo if I had one.
Need more? See the link: Frank Lloyd Wright