Words and photos (c) Mark Hertzberg, except historic photos, (c) Anne Sporer Ruetz
One of the most important finishing touches is coming to the Hardy House. It was built in 1904-06 with two wood gates, which we see in Anne Sporer Ruetz’s snapshots of her friends. Anne grew up in the house; her parents were the second owners (1938-1947) after Hardy lost the house at sheriff’s auction.
New gates, based on the unrealized design by Wright on one of his drawings, are being built by Chad Nichols, the master carpenter who has done much of the work at the house. Chad measured the openings for the gates in January, 2013:
He first made a model based on the design built for the house, before it was decided to use the unrealized design:
There is nary a spare clamp to be found in his workshop as he now completes the red cedar gates. It was decided to wait until the house rehabilitation was almost completed before making the gates:
The gates will be stained before they are installed, probably next week. Chad proudly invited me to his workshop today to see what they look like: