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Lake Geneva Hotel, Lake Geneva, WI (1911) (S.171)
Hotel Geneva Fireplace and Andirons, Similar Andirons.

Wright often used identical or similar details in commissions of approximately the same date.  An example is the identical wall sconce used in the Little Residence, Peoria 1902 (S.070) and in the Dana Residence 1902 (S.072).  Another example is the Baluster used in the Robert W. Roloson Rowhouses 1894 (S.026) and the Nathan G. Moore Residence 1895 (S.034).
       We have identified five additional examples of Andirons similar to those designed for the Hotel Geneva.  The earliest example is the Winslow Residence 1894 (S.024).  What can be seen in the photograph below indicates that they consisted of the spheres only and lacked any supporting brackets. 

         The second example is the Bradley Residence 1900 (S.052).  These Andirons include side brackets.
       The third example is the Davenport Residence 1901 (S.068).  These are consistent with the Bradley Andirons.
       The fourth example is
one of the illustrations from "A Small House with Lots of Room in It".  Ladies Home Journal, July 1901 page 15. The illustration matches the Bradley and Davenport Andirons.
       The fifth example, according to Hanks, The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, 1979, p. 76, were a set of Andirons in the Raymond W. Evans Residence, 1908 (S.140),
matching the Bradley and Davenport Andirons.
 
Hotel Geneva 1911 (S.171)
Hotel Geneva Lobby Fireplace. The lobby included built-in seating, a large semicircular fireplace with a semicircular metal sculpture and fireplace andirons. The fireplace is similar to the Meyer May and Coonley house fireplaces.  Photograph by Richard Nickel in 1967.
 
Detail of the Hotel Geneva semicircular metal sculpture and fireplace Andirons.  The are similar to the Andirons in the E. Arthur Davenport Residence, 1901 (S.068).  Photograph by Richard Nickel in 1967.
 
William Herman Winslow Residence 1894 (S.024)
William H. Winslow House Reception Hall (1894).  Photographed in 1894, printed in 1959.  Chicago Architectural Photographing Company, Chicago.
 
Detail of the Winslow Andirons.  This is the earliest example of this style of Andirons.  The Sphere is similar in size, but lacks any side support brackets.
 
B. Harley Bradley Residence 1900 (S.052)
Fireplace and Andirons from the B. Harley Bradley Residence Living Room, 1900 (S.052).  Image courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten, Wright 1911, page 83.
 
E. Arthur Davenport Residence 1901 (S.068)
Fireplace and Andirons from the E. Arthur Davenport Residence Living Room, 1901 (S.068).  Courtesy GI 9: Global Interior #9 Futagawa 1975.
 
Detail of the Fireplace and Andirons from the E. Arthur Davenport Residence Living Room, 1901 (S.068).  Courtesy GI 9: Global Interior #9 Futagawa 1975.  For an additional photograph also see Frank Lloyd Wright Monograph 1887-1901 Volume 1, 1991 page 209.
 
Fireplace and Andirons from the E. Arthur Davenport Residence Living Room, 1901 (S.068).  Image courtesy The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Hanks 1979, p. 76, fig. 66. According to Hanks, Andirons of this design were also used in the Raymond W. Evans Residence, 1908 (S.140).
 
Ladies' Home Journal, July 1901
One of the illustrations from "A Small House with Lots of Room in It".  The illustration matches the Bradley and Davenport Andirons.  Ladies Home Journal, July 1901 page 15.  (Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Philadelphia)
 
Detail of the illustrations from "A Small House with Lots of Room in It".  The illustration matches the Bradley and Davenport Andirons.  Ladies Home Journal, July 1901 page 15.  (Published by The Curtis Publishing Company, Philadelphia)
 
Raymond W. Evans Residence, 1908 (S.140)
 According to Hanks, The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Hanks 1979, p. 76, Andirons matching the Bradley and Davenport Andirons were also used in the Raymond W. Evans Residence, 1908 (S.140).
 
Text by Douglas M. Steiner, Copyright 2008
 
 
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