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1959/07/30: Sterling Morton to Robert A. Ward


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Letter from Sterling Morton to Robert A. Ward. He is pleased to hear that wooden treads will work out well for the terrace steps. He thinks of them like park benches, with heavy wood, rounded at the edges. He thinks they might be open, with coarse gravel or light concrete underneath. He feels these steps would be a transition between the formal terrace and the more informal grass area. He's glad to hear that the stucco on the Thornhill Building can be treated so that it doesn't come off. Other stonework should be inspected and pointing done where needed. Repair the existing steps until a final design decision is made. Walls should tie into the buildings, for example the path leading to the greenhouse should have a short wall coming from the building to the path. He agrees with Godshalk that the Thornhill terrace should have a short wall capped in Lannon stone, no more than 20 inches high. The total terrace should be no longer than the Great Room. He doesn't like the idea of pebbled concrete, but concedes that stone paving would be too expensive. He offers the suggestion that "a rather nice design could be worked out with stone or good concrete dividers between brick or ceramic pavers." Above all it must have good drainage, with a solidly tamped base of limestone screenings. similar to European palace courtyards.  He would like to see the sketches that Mr. Barsch had proposed for the Gloriet, along with price estimate. They will go directly from California to New York on their way to Africa, so he will not be in Chicago until November. He requests a "tracing of the two rooms and toilet at the southeast corner of the Thornhill Building." Mrs. Cudahy used that area as her office during her chairmanship. "Just a tracing will be enough for me to play around with."
Ward, Robert A. (received by)
Cudahy, Jean Morton (is related to)
Godshalk, Clarence E. (is related to)
Barsch, Mr. (is related to)
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