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The negative references I mentioned are found in an earlier string in this Wright Chat Forum entitled "Frank Lloyd Wright House Plans." Here is a link to that string--see the 2nd and 5th postings from the top (one calling the house "Burlingame"):
http://www.savewright.org/talk/viewtopi ... 643976b015
SWSinDC wrote:An article in the latest Architectural Digest references the (unbuilt) design FLLW conceived for a house for Lloyd Burlingham in El Paso, Texas in 1942. Other than fleeting (and negative) references in this forum to two houses built in the Southwest allegedly on the basis of the design, I can find almost no information on the Burlingham House concept. Does anyone know the story surrounding Lloyd Burlingham and/or the House, especially where in El Paso it was to be built and why it never came to fruition? Beyond that, can anyone shed any light on FLLW's visits to and/or thoughts of El Paso? Thanks.
Someone told me there was a piece on the house in the Architectural Digest, which led me to this forum. I am the eldest of Lloyd Burlingham's three daughters from his second marriage.
There's a lot I don't know about the Wright house, but I can tell you some. Daddy and his first wife (we always refer to her as "the one with the money") , Hilda Shepard(sp?) Burlingham, lived in El Paso in the 1940s, and bought a piece of land in the country with, apparently, an incredible view, on which they wanted a house built. They approached Wright and got him to come see it, whereupon, by my father's report, Wright said, "There's only one architect worthy of this site. Luckily I'm available." He did drawings - Margo Stipe, registrar of the FLW archives, was in my bookstore recently and kindly sent along copies - but World War 2 intervened and the house never got beyond drawings. After the war Daddy and Hilda moved back up here to western New York to his family farm and eventually separated and divorced so that, although one of Hilda's sons by her first marriage (my father was her second husband) wanted to have the house built as a memorial, nothing ever happened.
Daddy died in 1986. We were amused by a newspaper article, a couple years before that, about someone building a version of the house, as I recall, which claimed that "Lord Burlingham" had died in the war. I've been pleased to see drawings show up in various collections of Wright's work over the years. The year the house was a calendar page, I think I managed to get copies for most of my family.
By the way, thanks to everyone who spelled "Burlingham" correctly.
-Ann Burlingham, Perry, NY (about an hour east of Buffalo, speaking of Wright stomping grounds)
You and others may be interested to know that your father's divorce from Hilda, and the land on which the house was presumably to be built, were the subject of a court decision out of New Mexico in 1963, entitled Hilda S. Burlingham v. Lloyd Burlingham, 72 N.M. 433, 384 P.2d 699. The decision relates that Hilda put her separate pre-marriage money into her joint account with your father in order for them to purchase 515+ acres approximately 8 miles NW of El Paso, but the land was conveyed to your father in his name. After they divorced, Hilda sought a declaratory judgment naming her as sole owner of the land. The trial court entered judgment declaring them joint owners, but the appeals court ruled that, because in Texas a wife's separate property remains her property during marriage, and Hilda's separate money was easily traceable to the purchase of the land, the land, like the money with which it was purchased, was her separate property. The court accordingly ruled for Hilda.
According to the Supreme Court of New Mexico (first clue): "on January 20, 1942, the defendant [Lloyd Burlingham] purchased a tract of land located about eight miles northwest of El Paso, Texas, containing 515.53 acres, being a portion of the Santa Teresa Grant and described in warranty deed recorded in Dona Ana County, New Mexico." Notably, that purchase was contemporaneous with Wright's design for Burlingham, so it certainly suggests that he (and his wife) planned to build just across the Rio Grande from El Paso in southeast New Mexico.
Let us know if you can pick up the trail in Dona Ana County, NM. Notably, there are still Burlinghams listed in the county property records...
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/285 ... 1962966870
Moreover, the single elevation drawing in the set found at Artstor reveals another surprise: wall sections that, like the plan, are also "football shaped" (to use Pfeiffer's descriptor), a pointed edge touching the floor and another pointing skyward. Could this be another feature unique to this design ? Where else has Mr Wright echoed a plan shape in section ?
As for the delineation of this most unusual confection---rivaled in Wright's work only by the unbuilt Kaufmann desert house and by the Bailleres design for Acapulco, in elaboration of the arc in both plan and section---it was a bit too much for one drafter, who botched the attempt to create an accurate aerial perspective view of a vaulted, curved and pointed roof form. My freehand correction of this part of the drawing will have to stand, or fall, on its own merits:
The video is a Pechakucha presentation by William Helm, the architect that worked with the new owner in 2015 to restore the Legacy version of the unbuilt 1941 Burlingham design built in SantaFe in the 1980's. It seems the new owner of the Legacy house was a childhood friend of a Burlingham grandson and was familiar with the houses history.
https://www.pechakucha.com/presentation ... tery-house
This is a link to an account written by Charles Klotsche about his experience working with TAA/Charles Montooth on the Legacy build of the Burlingham house:
https://books.google.com/books?id=Vt_-A ... AF6BAgMEAM