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by yellowcat
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:20 am
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Topic: The first usonian
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I wish there was more written first hand recollections by some of the tradespeople (besides the apprentice project managers) who worked on Mr. Wright's designs. I recall reading somewhere that more than once there was some friction between the masons and the project managers concerning the fireplace...
by yellowcat
Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:08 pm
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Topic: The first usonian
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Thank you SDR, for "The Unkind Fireplace"reference. I thought I had remembered reading somewhere about a fireplace learning to draw. This amusing little story is found on pages 522-525 of the "Autobiography" edition that I have. Is this topic what Hendrickson meant when he mentioned that chat rooms ...
by yellowcat
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:53 pm
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Topic: The first usonian
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You are correct Roderick, I was thinking of the architectural history of fireplace placement in colonial America (pre Wright). I should have made that clearer. I think designers/builders back then had to be much more aware of climate conditions around them than they do now. If I was going to guess w...
by yellowcat
Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:51 am
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Topic: The first usonian
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It is interesting that in US residential architectural history, that central chimneys are predominately found in the northern climate zones. As you travel farther south the chimneys are moved farther outward. Along the Mason Dixon Line many have the fireplace/chimney built only partially outside the...
by yellowcat
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:58 am
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
Replies: 42
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"The smoke will learn", was Wright's answer to one client who called him up to complain about the fireplace not drawing.

I wonder if he really believed that!
by yellowcat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:26 pm
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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Wonderful and very appropriate graphics as usual, thank you SDR. From the basement to out the chimney, what a great flow of content! The following may be pure hearsay, but I think it is probably true. This comes from a friend of mine who recently retired from the hearth products industry. He said th...
by yellowcat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:47 pm
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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There are several unique circumstances that are necessary to make a chimney backdraft naturally. One is being short, as many usonians were, another is a wind effect causing a negative pressure at a lower level, such as at the hearth. In 1952, prior to mechanical air conditioning becoming mainstream,...
by yellowcat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:32 am
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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It seems that both the heating and cooling of an entire structure has always been a distribution problem. I believe that Mr. Wright intuitively understood the role that thermal mass could contribute to organic architecture and applied it with great success, for both heating and cooling. I have been ...
by yellowcat
Sun Dec 08, 2019 2:44 pm
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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There is an interesting book published in 2014 entitled "Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything" by Salvatore Basile. It's a fairly quick read that moves right along, as that history is not a very long story to begin with! I would love to find a good unbiased book that traces the history of r...
by yellowcat
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:22 pm
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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Roderick, radiant hot water is a quiet, even, and very comfortable way to heat a space, but, I believe, you are correct that it does not have a promising future for mass marketed housing. But, I can't imagine the concept ever disappearing completely, especially for slab on grade construction in the ...
by yellowcat
Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:44 pm
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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It is my understanding of hot water radiant heating that the gravity system became popular because it was more economical to install and much safer than steam systems, and dates back to the 1880's. They worked like a lava lamp, if you are old enough to remember those! Installing large diameter pipin...
by yellowcat
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:55 am
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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I need to take back my comment about the gravity floor heating system being effective. The first hand accounts are that it was very disappointing as a radiant heating system, but it was and still is a simple technology. Today we use gas boilers or electric hot water tanks with small pumps to circula...
by yellowcat
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:34 am
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Topic: Usonian Basements?
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The basement space would have been essential for a gravity hot water system to work. The heated water would expand and rise then when it became cooler would sink to the lower basement level. It was a pretty simple and effective system, but the early piping and below grade insulation technologies too...
by yellowcat
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:20 pm
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Topic: How to build window with perforated board design
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Those are some very good section details SDR! Too bad they don't include some hardware notes. The item labeled "operator" is not much help. I think if someone was going to build these today, it would be good to track down a supplier of marine plywood, especially for any "perfs" that would be on an o...
by yellowcat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:33 pm
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Topic: Suggestions needed for new roof and fascia treatment
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Having a set back at the lower level of insulation would make an interesting shadow line. Perhaps without a lot of extra effort by your roofing company. I think it could be buttoned up tight by using two, or maybe three different metal edge profiles without using the exposed cedar trim. The machines...