Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years

Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 9:00pm

This film gives viewers an inside look into every room in the house and the amazing transformation that occurs during the restoration process. "When Frank Lloyd Wright home owners meet, the first thing they ask each other is 'Does your roof leak?'" explains Fran Cosentino, who with Jane Parker owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House. "The answer is always, ‘yes.’" Cosentino and Parker share this anecdote, plus stories of how they acquired the house on East Boulevard in Rochester, New York, and the painstaking process of restoring and rehabilitating the home in Frank Lloyd Wright's Boynton House: The Next Hundred Years, airs Monday, November 26, 2012 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 at 12 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11). A co-production of WXXI Public Broadcasting, Fran Cosentino and Jane Parker, WXXI was granted exclusive access to every phase of the work. The result is a documentary that shares Cosentino and Parker’s journey to restore their home to its original beauty – using materials and processes that Wright himself intended.

To learn more, visit WXXI.org/boyntonhouse.

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Boynton House

In 1981 I was a senior at RIT studying Mechanical Engineering. I took an elective course titled "The Art of American Architecture". Every week the professor gave us a list of Rochester homes that highlighted styles of architecture. We had to drive by and use file cards to answer questions at each address. We handed the cards in on Monday. One Saturday, my classmate and I drove up to the Boynton house. We got out and looked from the street. A man was mowing the lawn. He stopped and asked us if we were from RIT. We said yes and asked if we could ask him questions. He was happy to talk to us and asked us if we wanted to see the interior. We were shocked and thrilled at the same time. I will never forget that day. Since then, my wife and I have toured the Martin House in Buffalo, Falling Water and Kentucky Knob in the Pittsburg area, and the Pope-Leighy House in Alexandria, VA. We just watched the WXXI special tonight and are so happy this house has been restored to it's original beauty and wish the owners many years of joy there. Thank you for this gift.

Boynton House Restoration

Can't wait to see this. Have been taking exterior pictures throughout the process, with several taken years before. My late father who was a structural engineer told me that in a restoration attempt many years ago that a portion of a wall caught fire due to some carelessness.