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by Laurie Virr
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:34 am
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Topic: Canberra
Replies: 7
Views: 1852

I’m thinking about architect Laurie Virr, his houses, and other Australian architectural masterworks. Is Laurie ok? Any word? Hello Peter: I hope you are well. Thank you for your inquiry regarding my wellbeing in relation to the fires engulfing Australia at this time. To date Canberra has be...
by Laurie Virr
Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:40 pm
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Topic: Rugs
Replies: 62
Views: 42084

Frank Lloyd Wright’s first visit to Japan in 1905 had a profound influence on his aesthetic. He appreciated to a greater extent the rhythm induced by employing a module, and the tokonoma taught him the lesson of restraint. Louis Henri Sullivan had stressed to him the importance of not using three ...
by Laurie Virr
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:19 pm
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Topic: House in SW Indiana by Wes Peters ca. 1935
Replies: 92
Views: 64686

Where would we be without the knowledge and carefully considered judgments of peterm? His gentle but persistent advocacy of the Architecture of Rudolf Schindler has certainly caused me to reevaluate the contribution of the latter, both in design and construction. The promotion of tilt slab technique...
by Laurie Virr
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:58 pm
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Topic: Rare interview with Harwell Hamilton Harris
Replies: 7
Views: 6101

peterm:

Thank you for posting this most interesting interview. Harwell Hamilton Harris was an architect's architect.
by Laurie Virr
Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:18 am
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Topic: House in SW Indiana by Wes Peters ca. 1935
Replies: 92
Views: 64686

A desperate response. Face brick masonry, board and batten walls and partitions, and flat roofs, are they not the elements of the house? To make the point, that would be blatantly obvious to any observer, that the module and the floor area of the Peters and Lusk houses are different is to take refug...
by Laurie Virr
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:11 pm
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Topic: House in SW Indiana by Wes Peters ca. 1935
Replies: 92
Views: 64686

Whilst this house may well have come a year before Jacobs 1, it was contemporaneous with the Lusk House project. All the elements of Jacobs 1 and Wes Peters’ effort are to be observed in the 1934 project. FLLW had few, if any, commissions in the period immediately prior to being approached by the ...
by Laurie Virr
Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:06 am
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Topic: "University of the Air"
Replies: 18
Views: 8835

Here in the sunburnt country Walter Burley Griffin's wife is known as Marion Lucy MAHnee. To be sure.
by Laurie Virr
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:18 pm
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Topic: MY OWN PHOTOS... WALKER RESIDENCE, CARMEL-CALIFORNIA
Replies: 99
Views: 158932

Roderick: Your request that I comment on the proportions of the Hollyhock fireplace from a strictly design standpoint is a challenge, but I shall embrace it. It is 20 years since I toured Hollyhock house, so I have had to refer to Google Images in order to refresh my memory to the extent that I am a...
by Laurie Virr
Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:38 pm
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Topic: MY OWN PHOTOS... WALKER RESIDENCE, CARMEL-CALIFORNIA
Replies: 99
Views: 158932

In ‘An Autobiography’ Frank Lloyd Wright railed against the nineteenth century fireplace. Nevertheless, from the commencement of his career until at least 1909 he persisted with fireplaces of similar proportions. The living room fireplace in the Frederick Robie house is a typical example - not i...
by Laurie Virr
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:23 am
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Topic: The Genesis f the Usonian house
Replies: 17
Views: 10205

‘Is the Usonian house really so radical a departure for its architect’ ? When comparing the philosophy of the Prairie houses with that of the Usonians, it is manifest that the aims and the means did not change, but the forms and the massing did. Late in life Frank Lloyd Wright acknowledged the i...
by Laurie Virr
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:35 pm
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Topic: The Genesis f the Usonian house
Replies: 17
Views: 10205

The Genesis f the Usonian house

Grant Carpenter Manson described the middle period of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career as “The Long, Lean Years’. Apart from the latter’s embroidered accounts of his life at that time, little has been published on the subject. With so few commissions being offered to the architect thru’out a pe...
by Laurie Virr
Wed May 22, 2013 9:00 pm
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Topic: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Frank Lloyd Wright Homes
Replies: 37
Views: 17140

Change and decay in all around I see........................... It is a fact, little, if ever mentioned at Architecture college that from the moment that the primary excavation takes place on a site, Nature is attempting to destroy the building that is to be placed on it. Good detailing, the consequ...
by Laurie Virr
Sat May 18, 2013 4:35 pm
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Topic: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Frank Lloyd Wright Homes
Replies: 37
Views: 17140

I concur with ecoHome. Without in any way supporting the Wall Street Journal article, I know from bitter experience that the authors of such pieces are not always the culprits. Having consented to an interview only if I could vet the text before it was submitted for publication, on a number of occas...
by Laurie Virr
Sun May 12, 2013 12:30 am
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Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright vs. Louis Sullivan et. al.
Replies: 21
Views: 11313

I concur with Roderick Grant inasmuch as the posted article would appear to be little more than a cheap shot at Frank Lloyd Wright by an author seeking publicity for an undistinguished book. Jack Quinan devotes considerable space in his book to the architect’s endeavors to secure the commission fo...
by Laurie Virr
Tue May 07, 2013 6:27 pm
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Topic: Cheapest Usonian building technique
Replies: 19
Views: 12230

It is worth noting that the mortar used for laying up concrete masonry units should not be the same strength as that used for clay bricks. Commonly, masonry mortars are made too strong for the purpose, not permitting the microscopic movement that is taking place at all times, and eventually resultin...