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by sambarnett

In the words of Simon and Garfunkel, "so long Frank Lloyd Wright." Not that there's any plans to tear it down, but the house at 600 Fillmore Street is in terrible shape and preservation work has been stalled for almost two years now. Unoccupied since 1975, I can't imagine this heap of rotted wood standing for too much longer.
   It's a shame. Having an example of early pre-fab housing, and one designed by the preeminent architect of the 20th century no less, is something the city of Gary and the entire region could take great pride in. But there are lots of problems.
   Many preservationist have said they've never seen any structure in so bad a shape. It's so far gone that renovation means rebuilding the entire house, estimated cost... $300,000. If the house ever was refurbished there's still the problem of location: it's in a dangerously unsafe area so the question must be asked: who would want to live there?
   The future of the Wynant House? I see Mother Nature winning this battle; the effects of the elements will rot away the structure and it will collapse into a pile of wood and nails. I'm glad I got to see the house before that happens.
   The website below has excellent articles about the house, Frank Lloyd Wright's American Built System and the struggle to preserve the Wynant House.

Website: http://www.chameyer.net/600fillmore.html

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2003
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