As for the renovation of the 1915 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, the new layer of stucco is being applied, and I’m certain there is work going on inside as well.
A closer look:
…it seems Summer lingers on…
How happy I am that this Summer is at an end!
Autumn…ah, the quiet of Autumn…arrives officially at 9:29 PM (CDT) tonight!
It’s been a horrid Summer for me, what with the invasion of bedbugs which required so much extra labor I never got much of a chance to enjoy relaxing along the shore of Lake Michigan. nor did I get much of a tan.
Every day was work, work, WORK!…“think like a bedbug” and caulk and patch every single crack and crevice one could find–only to discover there were severe ‘mistakes’ (shortcuts?) taken by the carpenters who rehabbed this building some years ago, leaving HUGE gaps where moldings did not join walls and floor.
Noise from morning to late afternoon, as the gas company workers dug up streets to replace ancient gas pipes, followed by water department workers who dug up other parts of the street to replace ancient water mains.
Oh, it has been an ugly Summer for me!
I welcome Autumn with the lens cap off, clicking then processing each image, relishing the beauty of the season.
Autumn…so very welcome!
These subtly colored blooms were given an added treatment with the Diffuse Glow filter using pure white as the background/glow color, which also adds an overblown quality to the whites, allowing for a softer, more romantic look.
The Grain was set at “3” to give a fresher look to these very old-fashioned favorites.
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Just a note:
Although I have no knowledge as to whether any of my copyrighted images have been ‘stolen’ by others, I decided to add a watermark and process them in a smaller pixel format.
I work diligently to present fine photography to all viewers, and to have another place their name on my images is simply untoward!
You can always ask for permission in the Comments to use an image, which I usually grant as long as I am given credit.
There’s a tiny raised bed in Rogers Beach Park up the road, planted by a woman I met two years ago.
I haven’t seen her since, but obviously she’s still tending this small space.
Earlier in the week, I walked up there and found these little guys/gals, humming away and, thankfully, not interested in me at all!
…Autumn is truly in the air–and in the quality of light.
After catching that chill on Labor Day, I felt really out of sorts health-wise…and the news of the past few days has been even more chilling and very depressing, what with all the ‘war chatter’!
Perhaps a little beauty can brighten our mood?
Adding the Diffuse Glow filter, using pure white as the glow color, seems to give this deep Pink a much ‘dreamier’ look.
There have been only a few flowers still growing, mostly Marigolds and other annuals…I’ll miss these beautiful Hibiscus, but of course, I’ll always have the images!
…while walking to the grocer’s, that I hadn’t kept you informed of the progress in the renovation of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House here on Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Lots of building supplies clutter the front yard, and the scaffolding remains while the fascias are being strip-sanded and repainted, and the walls are being prepared for the application of a new layer of stucco.
A pile of rubble next to an already-full Dumpster is all that remains of the old roof–I don’t know if this was the original.
Mr. Wright did have a reputation for creating leaky roofs, such as those at the Johnson Wax Center in Racine, Wisconsin, and at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I’m not certain if the fabulous Tulip Garden will be brought back, but the garden will be smaller with the addition of about six feet of sod laid as a buffer between bushes and the rich-looking soil.
The former sunroom walls have been removed to expose the original deck, which at the time of construction (1915) overlooked the shore of Lake Michigan.
Sadly, the lake was filled in, and the rear of the Bach House is now a half-block west of the shoreline.
This was a complete and beautiful surprise!
A curving hand-laid stone pathway now surrounds a short retaining wall and flower beds.
This area was originally several feet high and quite ‘wild-looking’.
The structure on the right (a guest house?) is not original to the property–it was built, if I correctly recall, in 2008 and is attached to the two-car garage, which I also think is not original.
It’s posted on the temporary cyclone fence at the alleyway, and gives you a pretty good idea of what is being added/renovated By Tawani Enterprises, Inc., which is headed by billionaire J. N. Pritzker.
That’s my building sticking up behind the structure–I hope I don’t lose my view !
…is just a week away, so I thought I’d show you some of the food neighbors have grown in their small plots in the community garden.
And lastly, at the far end of the garden…
One huge plus at this location: There is a water tap, so the gardeners do not have to rely on Mother Nature, who didn’t provide quite enough rain this Summer!
There’ll be some great, fresh meals in a number of homes in the neighborhood–the gardeners’ hard work certainly paid off!