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Frank Lloyd Wright Children's Room 2

Continuing with our Frank Lloyd Wright series, have I got a surprise for you!  Last week I posted a photo from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Children’s Playroom

The above photo is at the ‘other end’ of the room! Can you see the choir-like area at the top?  The family used to have ‘concerts’ in this room, with an accompaniment of a Steinway piano (yes, that’s the one in the photo)!

Since Wright was, by all accounts, a very ‘particular’ sort of gent, he wanted to ensure the acoustics in the room were perfect.  Are you ready for the surprise?

Frank Lloyd Wright Children's Room 3 piano

Heading down a flight of stairs behind the children’s playroom is the back of the Steinway seemingly ‘floating’ in mid-air! Mind your head as you proceed back to the main floor lest you end up with a piano punch on your noggin!  Wright was so specific that the sound be nothing less than perfect in the playroom, he had a hole cut out in the wall behind the piano so it could ‘hang’ to provide perfect pitch in the curved ceiling room.

I have no words.

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25 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright Series: Musical Surprises!

  1. SD Gates says:

    How cool is that? A suspended piano!!!!!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Isn’t it cool? I couldn’t believe it when I saw it! That’s how much of a perfectionist Wright was! Wow! Cher xo

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  2. You Got Me – I Am Speechless – WOW! – Genius!!! Happy Week – Enjoy 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I quite agree my dear!! Happy week to you too; thank you! Cher xo

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  3. At first you don’t see the piano is a grand. Imagine being in the choir loft!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi JoAnn! And there is the surprise! *LOL* Oh yes, I thought that very thing when I was in the room! What a wonderful experience it would be! They don’t let anyone go up into the choir loft; such a shame, as I’d love to have a little look around! Cher xo

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  4. D. Parker says:

    I thought I loved the room before, I love it even more now!!! Thanks Cher!
    Big hugs xoxox

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dear Donna! Isn’t it cool? What a room! And to have a Steinway piano ‘balanced’ for maximum acoustics! My goodness!! Big hugs to you my dear! Cher xoxoxo

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      1. D. Parker says:

        I feel like I’m there with your pictures, Cher, you manage to put so much of your own wonderful personality in them they make me smile…and I don’t care how balanced that piano is, it would still sound funny if I played it.
        Hope this week is treating you well, lovely, best wishes for your week. Big hugs xoxo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, bless you dear Donna! Thank you so much! If you come to Chicago, I will personally take you there!! 🙂 *LOL* You and me both regarding the piano my dear! And it’s a Steinway which is an extremely well-made piano. Well, it wouldn’t matter about that for my playing ability (and the balancing act as you mentioned); I’d have people running for the exit! And to you as well my dear friend! Thank you, Donna! Big hugs, Cher xoxo

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  5. Wow. Thanks for bringing that to us.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      My pleasure! Thank you! Cher xo

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  6. I have no words either!! Xx

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* You see what I mean, Lynn! cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      🙂 *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  7. Leyla says:

    wow.. very nice shots 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you, Leyla!! Cher xo

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    2. seaangel4444 says:

      Leyla, I have been doing a Frank Lloyd Wright Series; did you see the other pics of the FLW “Children’s Room”? http://wp.me/p4doQv-10L

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  8. Reblogged this on Sunshinebright and commented:
    A fascinating architect. Many thanks to Cher for this series on Frank Lloyd Wright!!

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  9. Quiche says:

    How interesting. I have a similar plight…a great Western style piano in our basement will be there forever! The previous owner has moved the basement steps to accommodate a small bathroom underneath the stairs. That piano is staying put, it was made in Guelph, Ontario in the early 1900’s!! Worth a pretty penny but it’s not going anywhere soon!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh that must be quite the piano! Wow, so it’s at least 100 years old! I bet it weighs at least a ton! *LOL* Cher xo

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