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by dkottum
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:35 pm
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Topic: The first usonian
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Rather, flue.
by dkottum
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:06 pm
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Topic: The first usonian
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With a central chimney, several surrounding rooms and bedrooms above may use this common chimney. I don't know how many fireplaces shared the same flu, but the old farmhouse I grew up in had one central chimney and one flu for wood burning range/stoves in the kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms on...
by dkottum
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:30 pm
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Topic: Article: Austin House - Greenville, SC
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From the original link in this thread: Broad Margin is the name given to the property by Wright. The term comes from Thoreau’s Walden in which he states, “I love a broad margin to my life.� Did Frank Lloyd Wright admire the writings of Thoreau, especially in Walden where Henry com...
by dkottum
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:52 pm
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Topic: How to build window with perforated board design
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Another feature of Kentuck Knob's perforated board windows worth noting, is a solution to the problem of an attached carport blocking out natural light on that side of the house. The pitched roof at Kentuck Knob changes to flat at the carport, and is positioned under the row of perforated board wind...
by dkottum
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:45 pm
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Topic: How to build window with perforated board design
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Note that the Hagen house offers another alternative to the perforated windows. The perfs are fixed and have only insect screens in them. The operating sash is inside of the perfs, and open inward. Bookshelves or storage cabinets under these keep you from banging your head when walking through the p...
by dkottum
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:59 pm
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Topic: UPDATE: Birdwing by Lloyd Wright to be moved to Polymath Par
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A common belief is that organic architecture begins with the site. If that is true, and the site is lost, is it a good example of organic architecture? Perhaps that often depends on the building chosen to be moved. The Duncan house is certainly more adaptable to a new site in Pennsylvania than Rose ...
by dkottum
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:57 pm
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Topic: Mark Mills Papers
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I just received a book from Amazon, copyright 2017, "The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind", The Architecture of Mark Mills by Janey Bennett. Lots of excellent color and b & w images, light on text, that looks at his life and work in the Monterey area. The involvement of Mills in the design and buildin...
by dkottum
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:07 pm
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
Replies: 151
Views: 12937

SDR, I believe the colored rendering is an earlier version of the sheets that follow it. Compare to the southeast elevation, working drawing. Master bedroom is to the left with less glass in front, entrance in the center, and childrens' bedrooms to the right. Unsure of the mountain behind it but cou...
by dkottum
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:12 pm
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
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I think what we may have here in Palmer is an evaporative cooling system (swamp cooler) rather than a compressor system. The hot, dry desert air is drawn into the system, water is added as vapor in the air, thereby reducing air temperature. The cool air is not recycled (because it is now more humid,...
by dkottum
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:14 pm
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
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Among the interesting features of this Palmer design, the children's bedrooms are located outside of the envelope of the main house. You must go outdoors and walk under a covered terrace to reach them. I think FLW liked the idea, a way of being close to the natural environment in warm climates. Tali...
by dkottum
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:26 am
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
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I imagine the separate ventilation system for the basement wine room allowed the Palmers to make and ferment their own wine, without the house taking up the odors.
by dkottum
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:23 am
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
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Weinstube translated from German to English is wine room. Located in the basement, it appears to have two (intake and exhaust) of its own ventilation ducts up through the chimney mass, independent of the air conditioning. If so, I suspect the ventilation would not be used during the desert summer fo...
by dkottum
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:05 pm
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Topic: Heritage Auctions' site
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Wow, the detailing! And 4", 8", 12" concrete block laid up in random ashlar? Is there an air conditioning plenum running over both bedroom and living wings of the house, with louvered openings a each end? Not sure what I'm seeing? Is the air cooled, or simply ventilated throughout the house? So many...
by dkottum
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:41 am
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Topic: No claim to FLW, but . . .
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Built in 1990, I believe this predates the Not So Big series of books. Susanka had designed other large homes at this time. This home looks and feels larger than it is. Based on a rather small two story central core, single room-width, two-story projections from the four sides of the core allow spac...
by dkottum
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:59 pm
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Topic: No claim to FLW, but . . .
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No claim to FLW, but . . .

http://www.century21vista.com/listing/20-25970-513-summit-street-e-battle-lake-mn-56515/ This is in our home town and is a lovingly cared for home by the two retirees who built it. Her father built the Neils House in Minneapolis, for a Wrightian connection. There is no claim whatsoever to be by or c...