Putting it (back) Together

It seems I’ve been running to and fro, hither and yon, to get this place totally back to ‘better than it was’!

No sooner than I feel I can rest, a prescription runs out, or the laundry piles itself so high, that I have to get out of my ‘paint clothes’, gussy up, and hop a bus or train in one direction or the other.

It’s hard work…and very tiring!

I did manage to get a few images processed, however, after walking over to the small park to deposit my ever-overflowing bag of recyclables (though Chicago has a city ordinance that all buildings of this size must provide recycling containers for the tenants, my building does not).

The Lake…Diffused

Lake Diffuse-1 WM


Lake Diffuse-2 WM


Lake Diffuse-3 WM


Lake Diffuse-4 WM

And…I’m off again, to return “Chicago” and “Titanic” (which I hadn’t ever seen!) DVDs to the library, drop my winter coat (haven’t worn it in several years!) at the cleaners, and stop at the hardware store for some spray paint (a little project for a Plexiglas (TM) small shelf I want to put up), and probably, because it’s close, a quick stop at my favorite little Morse Market to pick up a few things like Krinos Greek Yogurt, a jar of pesto for tonight’s pizza and some fruit…which always seems to run out too quickly these days!

I hope to return later, with some images from last month’s tour of the Emil Bach House, but unlike our politicians, I’m not promising anything!


After a long string of very gray days, yesterday was sunny!

At the Emil Bach house, shadows with Yucca and Cineraria

At the Emil Bach house, shadows with Yucca and Cineraria

A strong iron bench with shadows and leftovers of snow

A strong iron bench along the next street, with shadows and leftovers of snow

A double-doore entryway at "1528", with shadows and a sunning cat

A double-door entryway at “1528“, with shadows and a sunning cat

Undercover: The Emil Bach House Gardens

A daylily, still gorgeus though its time ended months ago

One of many Daylilies, gorgeously graceful, though its bloom-time ended months ago

A fern in the parkway, settled in for its long, winter nap

A Fern in the parkway, settled in for its long, winter nap

The once-brilliant yellow marigolds, still fighting to supply a mellow gold in the landscape

The once-brilliant yellow Marigolds, still fighting to supply a mellow gold in the whitened landscape

One of the silvery Cinerarias in the front planter, still standing tall in the face of cold winter winds

One of the silvery Cinerarias in the front planter, standing tall in the face of cold winter winds

I’ve been told the gardens will be kept up, though Jane has retired and moved to Idaho.  A young man named Bill, who I met late the other afternoon, has been overseeing the rehabbing both here at Bach House AND behind it, at the Farcroft, which I’ve shown you many times before.

Also…some very good news!:  the now-boarded windows of this Frank Lloyd Wright design (c. 1915) SHALL be replaced, with true reproductions of Mr. Wright’s original stained glass designs…oh, I cannot wait to see them!

2013 shall prove to be very exciting for this neighborhood!  I hope I will be allowed to do some photography inside, as Bill took my card and said he felt photography is an important part of a home’s decor!

Some really ‘good’ news!

From CNN:

Frank Lloyd Wright Home. Saved!

By APizm  |  Posted December 21, 2012

The David and Gladys Wright House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The David and Gladys Wright House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright  Photo: APizm

When the sun rises tomorrow we will know two things. One, the Mayans were wrong. Two, the David and Gladys Wright home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is SAVED. I am proud to announce that an anonymous buyer has purchased the house and has plans to preserve it.

 I have been inside the house a few times now and believe me, it takes a few times to notice all the tiny design details that Frank Lloyd Wright put into this house. I included a few images of those tiny details for you.

 Here is the write up from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy website, SaveWright.org:
“Christmas came a little early this year. Culminating six months of intensive work and many ups and downs, we can finally announce that this unique and important Wright house is safe! The Conservancy has facilitated the purchase of the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix through an LLC owned by an anonymous benefactor. The transaction closed on December 20 for an undisclosed price. The property will be transferred to an Arizona not-for-profit organization responsible for the restoration, maintenance and operation of the David Wright House.”

(CNN PRODUCER NOTE     APizm is a photography instructor for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at Taliesin West in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been following the story for a while. He first reported on it in early October, when the David and Gladys Wright house was facing demolition.)

 For more information see: www.savewright.org
For more images see: www.APizm.com


I would love to know who the ‘anonymous’ purchaser is…could it be James N. Pritzker, the owner of the Emil Bach House just a block and a half north of my building here in Rogers Park?  Frank Lloyd Wright built the Bach House in 1915, and much to everyone’s surprise, it is undergoing a very heavy rehab, begun about two months ago.

The Emil Bach House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1915.

The Emil Bach House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1915.  Image taken 15DEC2012, copyright http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com



As you see, many of the windows have been removed.  When I spoke in 2007 with Mr. Pritzker’s secretary, who was occupying the house at the time, I was told that they hoped to re-do the windows, as they had obtained Mr. Wright’s original drawings for the Wrightian-style stained glass.  I hate to assume anything but, it does look as if the stained glass windows will be in place soon enough, as will other ‘original’ amenities and some new as well!

Kudos to Mr. Pritzker, who also owns the building at the left (The Cats Cradle Bed and Breakfast) and the tall building behind (The Farcroft, a 12+ story former apartment building which has been undergoing a total gut rehab for over a year now).

Not exactly Frank Lloyd Wright…

…but more likely designed by one of his devoted students.

The Prairie Style

The Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago has a number of homes in Wright’s early 20th century style, but a REAL Wright design is just one block north of my building!

Emil Bach House

Yellow and orange and more yellow, oh my!

Two blocks to the north of my building is the Emil Bach house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1915.  In Spring, the front garden is a riot of tulips, but now it looks like this:




All images copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

Today’s walk…

…yielded so much beauty it will take two posts.  I began at the Emil Bach House, designed in 1915 by Frank Lloyd Wright, and now owned by James N. Pritzker, founder of the Pritzker Military Museum here in Chicago.  The annual tulip display is phenomenal, but they are coming to their end.

Last of the Bach House Tulips  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

Just next door, heading north, is another Wright-era house, also owned by Mr. Pritzker.  There is a grand tulip display, but these lovelies also abide here:

Bleeding Hearts and Dew  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

The morning fog left everything kind of dewy, including these Hosta in the parkway:

Dewy Hosta  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

As I crossed Rogers at Ashland Avenue, I noticed these purple iris getting ready to burst:

Purple Iris Buds  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

Thinking I was finished shooting, I crossed Rogers Avenue…and something bright caught my eye.  I almost could not believe…a poppy!in full bloomon the first of May!

First Poppy  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com