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Frank Lloyd Wright’s doghouse: Fallingwater for Fido?
Washington Post ^ | 3/12/2012 | Maura Judkis

Posted on 03/15/2012 3:49:47 PM PDT by BfloGuy

When Jim Berger, now 68, was 12 years old, he wrote to Wright and asked him for a design for his black Labrador, Eddie, offering to pay for the work with money from his paper route, according to the Associated Press.

“I would appreciate it if you would design me a doghouse, which would be easy to build, but would go with our house...,” read the letter dated June 19, 1956. “(My dog) is two and a half feet high and three feet long. The reasons I would like this doghouse is for the winters mainly.”

After another exchange of letters six months later, Berger received the plans, free of charge.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History
KEYWORDS: architecture
I'm a huge FLLW fan but had never heard this story. It's a pretty nice looking doghouse, I must say. Not that I'm surprised.

[Sorry, couldn't find a photo I could link to directly]

1 posted on 03/15/2012 3:49:54 PM PDT by BfloGuy
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2 posted on 03/15/2012 3:52:43 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: BfloGuy

I love his work (except all the leaking roofs and under-supported cantilevers)...but he wasn’t a very good guy...which is fine with me as I appreciate the vision more than his persona offends me. Of course I never knew him personally, but if I had, I doubt we would have been best buddies. Ayn Rand, who did know him, said she didn’t like him at all. She used modern architecture in “The Fountainhead” but stressed that Howard Roark was NOT modeled after Wright.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 3:59:31 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BfloGuy
If you are a fan, as *must* is a visit to the campus of Florida Southern College [Lakeland]

Click *photo tour*; it's truly amazing; **The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a little known Central Florida treasure. Florida Southern College (FSC) has the largest concentration of Wright designed structures anywhere in the world with 10 buildings and two additional structures on campus, and is in the National Register of Historic Places.**

4 posted on 03/15/2012 4:03:53 PM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: BfloGuy
I designed our SHTF retreat. Just completed last week.

Woof!


5 posted on 03/15/2012 4:05:15 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: I see my hands
Ha! I knew someone would find a picture. Tell me, though, how did you do it? I searched Google images for a picture where I could "Copy Shortcut." Darn. I feel like a newbie at this and I've been programming since Nancy Pelosi was actually pretty.
6 posted on 03/15/2012 4:07:28 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: gorush
Ayn Rand, who did know him, said she didn’t like him at all.

Oh, man, it's funny you mentioned her. I constantly explain to FReepers that Rand's personal life should not detract from her philosophy (agree with it or not as you may.) Many geniuses led troubled and conflicting lives. Wright and Rand were certainly two examples.

7 posted on 03/15/2012 4:13:17 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Daffynition
*must* is a visit to the campus of Florida Southern College [Lakeland]

I've never visited it but have seen photos. As with all Wright's work, I'm sure it must be striking in person. I have to add it to my itinerary for my next trip to Florida.

8 posted on 03/15/2012 4:16:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Daffynition

I want to live in a FLW world.


9 posted on 03/15/2012 4:16:10 PM PDT by DManA
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To: gorush

“(except all the leaking roofs and under-supported cantilevers).”

Well, he was ahead of his time as far as materials and construction methods. We could build his designs today with no problems. Falling Waters is incredibly beautiful, but I doubt I could stand the constant humidity!


10 posted on 03/15/2012 4:16:42 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: I see my hands
I designed our SHTF retreat. Just completed last week.

Very nice, indeed. Love the location, location, location.

11 posted on 03/15/2012 4:18:07 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy
I just transload to TinyPic.com and insert url into a src tag. Voila!

Pic to post takes under a minute.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 4:19:14 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: BfloGuy

I couldn’t agree more. There is certainly an element here at FR that is in automatic disagreement. I don’t recall the thread and I probably had no business there, but I once asked “Are religious internet sites taken over by conservatives, or does only the opposite occur”. I’ll never do that again, I’m lucky I am still here.


13 posted on 03/15/2012 4:23:57 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"We could build his designs today with no problems."

Indeed we could, and often do.

He was a character, everybody loves a character...eventually, or maybe just at first...:{)

14 posted on 03/15/2012 4:29:38 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BfloGuy
I've been programming since Nancy Pelosi was actually pretty.

So, you have never programmed??? ;)
15 posted on 03/15/2012 4:51:14 PM PDT by jimmango
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

16 posted on 03/15/2012 4:53:11 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: BfloGuy

We are all entitled to our own opinion, I think FLW houses are beyond ugly!


17 posted on 03/15/2012 5:02:37 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: jimmango
So, you have never programmed??? ;)

OK. I asked for that.

18 posted on 03/15/2012 5:03:01 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Ditter
I think FLW houses are beyond ugly!

Alrighty then.

19 posted on 03/15/2012 5:08:04 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

Everything he designed is timeless. And completely original.

(except that dog house, I’m sorry)


20 posted on 03/15/2012 5:15:36 PM PDT by DManA
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To: jimmango
So, you have never programmed??? ;)

Source: thepoliticalpartygirl.com via arielawonders on Pinterest

Well, she wasn't that bad. Wonder what JFK had in mind?

21 posted on 03/15/2012 5:22:41 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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22 posted on 03/15/2012 5:23:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: BfloGuy

The beauty there is the natural setting. Any well designed house would look good on that spot. I’m not taking away from Franks design here as it is fairly awesome but “I’m just saying”.


23 posted on 03/15/2012 5:28:23 PM PDT by fish hawk (NAACP = Native Americans Against Corrupt Politicians)
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To: JoeProBono

But will it double as a Sopwith camel?


24 posted on 03/15/2012 5:32:24 PM PDT by Overtaxed
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To: fish hawk
The beauty there is the natural setting. Any well designed house would look good on that spot.

Perhaps. But I've found Fallingwater to be the most beautiful building ever designed since I first saw a picture of it in my Golden Book Encyclopedia at the age of 12.

25 posted on 03/15/2012 5:33:05 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

“Well, she wasn’t that bad. Wonder what JFK had in mind?”
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I wonder what Nancy had in hand?


26 posted on 03/15/2012 5:38:26 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Overtaxed

27 posted on 03/15/2012 5:45:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: BfloGuy

See I was right, that house ruins a beautiful water fall.


28 posted on 03/15/2012 5:46:53 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I recommend a great fictional/factual exposé of the career of Frank Lloyd Wrong by T.C. Boyle, called “The Women”. His bombast, incompetence, refusal to pay debts, intellectual theft and exploitation of his wives and acolytes is beyond description, except by Boyle. Written with great wit and sarcastic admiration.


29 posted on 03/15/2012 6:12:14 PM PDT by bukkdems (Polygamy is the essential ingredient of Islamic evil.)
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To: bukkdems
I recommend a great fictional/factual exposé of the career of Frank Lloyd Wrong by T.C. Boyle, called “The Women”. His bombast, incompetence, refusal to pay debts, intellectual theft and exploitation of his wives and acolytes is beyond description, except by Boyle. Written with great wit and sarcastic admiration.

so lessee, we got a book here that nobody will read written by someone nobody will remember about guy who's a household word and left his creations all over the place, which people travel great distances to see and which have influenced generations of people after him.

Yeah, that's about the way it usually goes.

30 posted on 03/15/2012 6:26:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: I see my hands

awesome doghouse.


31 posted on 03/15/2012 6:27:20 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: bukkdems
I have only seen one house that he designed and it is the only one in Houston. It was awful and I have seen it described as perverse (I had to look that word up just to make sure) LOL! It has been remodeled several times to make it more livable. The others I have seen in magazines and they are all awful.
32 posted on 03/15/2012 6:42:16 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I’ve seen that house and couldn’t agree more. And I think about 20% of the homes built in Memorial in the ‘50’s are copies of that same style. Goofy if you ask me...


33 posted on 03/15/2012 10:49:00 PM PDT by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: Ditter

That is typical of modern houses. One architect built a house in which all the outside walls are plate glass. One person who lived in it for years, an art professor, said it was freezing cold in the winter and hot as a sauna during the summer.

My folks had Danish modern furniture, which for livability isn’t any better than the houses. My dad is now in an assiated living facility, and I’m selling all the furniture. Horridly uncomfortable stuff, though it looks great!


34 posted on 03/16/2012 12:32:01 AM PDT by SatinDoll (No Foreign Nationals as our President!)
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To: Daffynition; BfloGuy
The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a little known Central Florida treasure.

Been there lots. My parents lived in Lakeland from 1981 the rest of their lives. Both my sister and her daughter got their degrees from Florida Southern. My niece was married in one of the chapels on campus. So I was on that campus often. There are found also more Wright creations in the residential areas.

And, BfloGuy, as you know, Buffalo, NY also has quite a number of turn-of-the-20th century Wright archetypes. One of them, the Heath house on Soldiers Place, was only a few moment's walk from my folks' home on Argyle Place, where I wrote my PhD thesis back in 1972-3. There were some more Wright houses not far away, up near the Buffalo Zoo.

Coincidentally, two of my boys lived in a house in Oak Brook, IL which (probably not designed by FLW) certainly was directly inspired (or copied) in its design in both exterior and interior influences and furnishings -- an impressive home in which to dwell and be comfortable. One somehow just felt ... well ... rich .. by the surroundings. Wright's home was not far away in Oak Park.

In grade school, I had wanted to become an architect, but later wound up as a research scientist. However, in the college libraries, I spent a lot of time scanning through the art and architecture periodicals in what little leisure was available. Wright was certainly a visionary (and perhaps a creator) of the lean, economical forms to come -- not a very moral person, but a shaper of futuristic amoral lifestyles emerging, bad or good ---

Thanks for the post that stirred reminiscing - of the implementation of his forms in ranch-style and split-level residences that really took hold after WWII - that is so markedly associated with a sea-change of styles and morality. (Interesting that the name "Wright" of the same era was connected with a new age of transportation --) Also interesting that the Prairie concept predated the beginning of the auto and aircraft age!

35 posted on 03/16/2012 1:12:54 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society (if one is very wise).)
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To: gorush

Have you ever taken the FLW tour at the Johnson Wax headquarters in Racine? The big open concept work room is amusing because everybody who was any kind of executive eventually fled the open concept work space and retreated to their own private offices with walls that surround and doors that shut. THe Great Work Room is now just a museum piece that is displayed on tours.

Then there was his design for the 3 legged desks for the Great Work Room which had to be re-done because they kept tipping over and dropping the secretaries on their behinds!


36 posted on 03/16/2012 3:12:08 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BfloGuy
Wright had his vision of what architecture should be, and was maniacal about it. Sometimes, perfection of line and proportion overrode any other consideration, including the humans who were to actually use the structure. Examples of artistic excess can therefore be found, and that extends to pushing the envelope of what was then possible, as far as materials and construction methods.

That said, when he was really on his game, his work was profound. I've long been a fan of his more modest efforts, which intentionally tackled affordability, accesibility and function, for families of modest means. These were the so-called Usonian houses.

I nearly bought a Wright inspired Usonian design ten years ago, designed by a student of his as the first home for himself, his wife and young children. Deep eaves, one story, low slung, built in a “U” shape to the rear. Cantelevered carport on the back, sliding glass wall to a large screened porch, quarried stone galore, radiant floor heat fed by a boiler that still worked perfectly. I loved that place, it was so well proportioned that there really wasn't a bad angle anywhere in it or on it. It was a labor of love and very personal, and it shone right through.

Hate that I didn't go through with it, but there were a few matters that needed attention, on top of the price that was already at the top of my range, so I reluctantly passed. Whoever bought it painted the gorgeous natural cypress board and batten exterior, in a very wrong Tuscan mustard looking color, they either didn't know or didn't care what they had bought. I shudder to think at the interior remuddling that may have occurred. At the time of sale, it still had original cork flooring, weathered down to looking like dark saddle leather. I thought it was beautiful. But, Tuscany it ain't.

37 posted on 03/16/2012 3:41:50 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: imardmd1
Ah, good old Lakeland. It's a small world ... our youngest graduated cum laude from the SFC pre-med program [bragging parent, yes, I'm guilty]. the campus is enthralling, if you like FLW; when we saw it, some of the buildings were a bit shabby. One could appreciate the red-tape and expense to keep every detail to the *letter of the law*. Overall, I love the tranquility of the buildings and the sense of peace and calm when you walk through them. Say what you will, Wright was an *old geezer* when he worked on the project. Let's hear it for our elders!


38 posted on 03/16/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: Daffynition
Ah, good old Lakeland. It's a small world

Lakeland has a lot of former Western NY folks -- I think they used to have an annual reunion of former Allegany County residents at the Memorial Center. Now, I think I might like to wind up my years there -- sort of wish I had gone after retirement -- country folk from the upper reaches of Appalachia seem to feel at home in the South, and welcomed.

39 posted on 03/16/2012 8:25:34 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society (if one is very wise).)
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To: imardmd1

I like Lakeland and the area or the general location. The summer heat would kill me, though. Gotta have my *seasons*.

Ironically enough, FSC son just accepted a nice corporate title and position in Orlando. He loves Florida, especially the opportunity to play golf year ‘round; in keeping with his 4-yr scholarship to play golf for FSC, division champs. Ah...yute! Bless ‘em. ;D


40 posted on 03/16/2012 8:56:02 AM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: I see my hands

It’s lovely! How is it powered?


41 posted on 03/16/2012 10:25:05 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Silentgypsy
TY. Sun and wood.


42 posted on 03/16/2012 10:44:18 AM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I nearly bought a Wright inspired Usonian design ten years ago

His Usonians are my favorites of all his work -- particularly those built in the early fifties when plate glass had finally come into its own.

43 posted on 03/16/2012 1:58:30 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: imardmd1
a few moment's walk from my folks' home on Argyle Place

I love Argyle Place -- the neighborhoods around Lincoln and Bedell Parkways are beautiful. I lived farther over on the West Side (other side of Richmond,) but used to walk around your parents' neighborhood all the time. As much to look at the Heath House as anything.

44 posted on 03/16/2012 2:02:45 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Ditter
that house ruins a beautiful water fall

I think it's the most beautiful house ever designed. Go figure.

45 posted on 03/16/2012 2:04:51 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy

That’s fine you can think that, I said it was just my opinion. I think it looks like a couple of roast beef sandwiches on white bread. I don’t see anything about it that resembles a house.


46 posted on 03/16/2012 2:10:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: BfloGuy

That’s what this one was. 1953. It had a custom built sliding glass wall, counterbalanced, moved very well, about 20 feet long and twelve feet high, retracted into the rear wall of the den beside a huge Tennessee Crab Orchard stone fireplace. Opened the den to the screened porch, no steps, absolutely level, it just flowed, no barrier or distinction between indoors and out. Lots of those round, spun copper downlights tucked away here and there throughout the interior and exterior too. I bet that place glowed like a jack-o-lantern at night with them all lit.


47 posted on 03/16/2012 4:40:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: the invisib1e hand

Well you are wrong about the author, T.C. Boyle. He is the modern Twain and the best-selling sarcastic author today. His book “The Road to Wellville” was made into a major movie well received, which skewered the Kellog empire’s beginnings in health junk science. He wrote a scathing exposé of hippiedom with “Drop City”, and busted California people’s hypocrisy regarding illegal aliens in “Tortilla Curtain”. His early book “Water Music” is hysterical, about the one and only Scottish explorer, Mungo Park, who did the Congo River.

His roaringly funny tale of the jackass Frank Lloyd Wrong, “The Women, is tragic, true, horrid and funny ‘fiction’. Wright was the most terrible, thieving, shameless, bigamist, chiseling, misogynist, incompetent, bombastic architect in American history.

In our culture that is considered winning and the fools who idolize him are


48 posted on 03/17/2012 7:34:38 PM PDT by bukkdems (Polygamy is the essential ingredient of Islamic evil.)
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To: bukkdems

The jackass created things. The author rode his coattails, and would surely have found an occupation more suited to his “talent” if it weren’t for the existence of notoriously imperfect people to take populist potshots at. Tc who?


49 posted on 03/18/2012 5:16:39 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: Daffynition
*photo tour*

That was stunning .. thank you !   :-)

50 posted on 05/12/2012 5:18:17 AM PDT by tomkat (TEAM INFIDEL)
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