“Mixed bag” at the New York City home of famed artist Frank Lloyd Wright
A new house of wax that has served as the residence of famed American architect Frank Lloyd Jones for more than a century is in need of a makeover.
Wright’s home in New York’s Upper West Side is undergoing a major restoration after being on the market for a decade.
It’s been the subject of an extensive and often controversial renovation since Jones, who died in 2001, bought the property in 1912 for $4,000.
The home, which includes a three-story, 6,600-square-foot penthouse, was once considered a landmark of Manhattan’s fashionable and historic districts.
But after a lengthy and controversial renovation, Wright’s estate decided to sell the property and put the $1.8 million purchase price on the auction block in 2013.
The home was sold to a group of buyers who wanted to redevelop the property, including a group headed by longtime Jones associate and New York architect John V. Wertheimer, who has previously made public remarks about the project’s problems.
According to the New Yorker, Wertheim and a group have hired local artist Tom McArthur to transform the house, which sits on an elevated platform.
“We’ve taken all the pieces, we’ve taken out the walls,” Wertheimer said in the interview.
He added that he and McArthur would like to restore the house to its original state and that they would do so “with a little bit of the old stuff intact.”
“It’s just a little patchwork of the pieces.
I’d like to get it back to its former glory,” Wartheimer said.
McArthur’s work, which was unveiled at the Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans earlier this month, includes the exterior of the house.
Another piece, a giant stained glass window, will be installed in the house’s main room.
However, it remains unclear how much of the property’s historic architecture will be removed.
Despite the ongoing renovations, the house has become a rallying point for critics of the building’s preservation and its role in the city’s historic preservation efforts.
Some critics have pointed out that the home is being sold to private interests who will not be held accountable for the damage it has caused.
Earlier this month a group called Architects for Frank Lloyd was formed to advocate for a new restoration and the building is currently on a public listing.
In a statement, McArthur said the restoration is not the only reason he is pushing for a reopening.
“[The restoration] is part of a much bigger effort to get this house back to the former glory that it was in the ’20s and ’30s,” McArthur told the New Jersey newspaper.
“The real work is to get the home back to what it was before the war, which is a beautiful house of art.”