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Next Steps - sooner than expected...

Our thanks to Mark Wright from Wright & Robinson Architects of Glen Ridge for a visit. Mark is actually the person who got us interested in this restoration. In January of this year, he sent a reprint of an article about the House and the photograph of what the House used to look like when it was first built, in it's original location on Upper Mountain Avenue. When we saw this photograph, my husband and I, and all other family members, were stunned by the beauty of it. We all agreed that if there are any funds available in the future, we will use them to return the House to its original appearance.

So, this summer we decided to at least price the project, since chances are we won't have anything available after the backyard landscaping project. But, there is always next year...

It was amazing to walk the house with someone who actually knows architecture, different styles, materials, colors, etc. He agreed with me that it was very much possible Fenn was very involved in the design of the House, judging by the Eastern influences and details we uncovered. He was, after all, an artist with particular tastes. In the article Mark gave me, the author writes about architect's Japanese influences, which are apparent. But, after talking about it, all three of us, Mark, my husband, and I, found Eastern influences which could easily be attributed to the time Fenn spent in Egypt and Pakistan.


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I. Need. This. Job. To. End.