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A HOMEOWNER’S AND SITE MANAGER’S RESOURCE FOR Preserving Usonian Houses

As a part of its mission to facilitate the preservation of Wright’s existing structures, the Conservancy continually researches best practices for the preservation and maintenance of those structures. We strive to make information on those practices available to the owners and stewards of Wright-designed structures. As a part of this process, last fall the Conservancy partnered with Emily Butler, a graduate student in the preservation studies program at Tulane University,…

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Materials for Refinishing Tidewater Cypress on the Pope-Leighey House

By Pamela Kirschner

Photo by Audra Medve

Recent conservation work at the Pope-Leighey House, built for Loren and Charlotte Pope in 1939 and now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has focused on the house’s cypress cladding. Tidewater cypress was a favorite material of Wright’s and it was specified for many of his Usonian houses. Tidewater cypress is a particularly durable species and has stood up well on these houses, which range from nearly 60 to…

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