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For those of you who are not familiar with the Lovnesses, Lonnie's parents Don and Virginia built their first Usonian home in 1956-57, mostly by themselves. They built a second home - a copy of the Seth Peterson cottage (adapted by Wes Peters) - also by hand, finishing in 1975. Over a period of three decades they became very close to Mrs. Wright and most of the Taliesin Fellowship. Wes Peters, Jack Howe, Aaron Green, Gene Masselink and Edgar Tafel were close friends and Virginia's extensive notes recall some fascinating stories about them all. Virginia was a close confidant of Svetlana Peters and the book has some pretty interesting correspondence from her tumultuous time with Wes. Don reproduced furniture, sprites, light sculptures, and was instrumental in saving parts of the Little house. He and Virginia were strong advocates for Wright's architecture and their homes were often showcases for prospective clients. The houses on Woodpile Lake in Minnesota were also R&R stops for Taliesin apprentices over the years. Virginia was often Mrs. Wright's assistant for hostess duty at Spring Green events, and many letters from Mrs. Wright give insight into how she ran the organization.
A final chapter has extensive detail and photos of the restoration of both houses, plus construction of a third, previously unbuilt design Mr. Wright gave the Lovnesses in 1958.
You can see more at our website www.growingupwright.com and the book can be ordered there, with free shipping for Conservancy members. Signed copies are available as well until December. Our facebook page (growingupwright) has updates and interesting bits that aren't in the book. We hope you enjoy it!
PS---Glad to see "Taliesin North" rather than the nonexistent but stubborn "Taleisin East" in usage. One thumb up . . .
There is a photo at the linked book site that has Mrs. Loveness and another woman standing on the entry terrace to the Cottage... is it my imagination or is the Loveness version of the Seth Peterson Cottage scaled up slightly from the Peterson iteration? It might also be that the two women are of small stature...
I cannot say where I found this comparison of the two cottages, and can only assume they were drawn to the same scale:
Here also is a photo from about 1970. Don and Virginia went through the Peterson cottage while considering whether to build a copy of it, or one of the three cabin plans Wright had drawn for them in 1958. The Peterson was only ten years old but had been abandoned. The real damage had not yet been done by Mother Nature, however.
Lonnie's book has extensive information and many photos of both the Peterson and Lovness cottages. Construction is extensively detailed. I believe a lot of the confusion about the basement and the "loft" will be resolved for readers.
Finally, we were just informed the book will be binding next week. How exciting!
We would be very pleased to hear your thoughts after seeing the finished product. There's a comment box at the bottom of our website, growingupwright.com
Thanks to everyone for your patience, enjoy the stories.
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