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by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 3:44 pm
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Topic: Video: Tour of Taliesin - Spring Green, WI
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: Video: Tour of Taliesin - Spring Green, WI

There are two things to learn from Romeo & Juliet:
1) FLW could make the most mundane, utilitarian object a magnificent work of art.
2) Wood structure looks good even if it isn't in pristine condition, on a windmill or a house.
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 12:16 pm
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Topic: Occasional reports from the outside world
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: Occasional reports from the outside world

Just remembered his name: Donald Fairweather was the former apprentice in Pereira's office.
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:57 am
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Topic: Occasional reports from the outside world
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: Occasional reports from the outside world

No, there is no graceful way to accommodate the hanging of pictures in Zumthor's museum. They WILL bore holes in the concrete. That's the plan.

When Transamerica was designed, there was a Taliesin alum who worked there ... cannot recall his name ... Perhaps he designed the elevator shafts?
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:50 am
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Topic: Theodore Baird house
Replies: 14
Views: 363

Re: Theodore Baird house

G/W was painted decades ago, but not two-tone, as it is today.
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:46 am
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Topic: Off topic: Virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: Off topic: Virtual tour of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

David, this is perfectly appropriate for the site. If Jefferson and Wright had been contemporaries and had met, they would have got along fine, both politically and artistically. Monticello is a magnificent estate which FLW admired. Jefferson would have been blown away by Taliesin. Edgemont Farm and...
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:20 am
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Topic: Theodore Baird house
Replies: 14
Views: 363

Re: Theodore Baird house

If the house is still in the hands of Baird's heir, he is in the building trades, so he probably has connections.
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:16 am
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Topic: Occasional reports from the outside world
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: Occasional reports from the outside world

One of the main complaints about the Zumthor building is that it is all poured concrete. Holes will have to be bored to hang pictures, then patched up when the pictures are rearranged. It also is a net reduction in exhibition space, which makes the entire $600M enterprise questionable. The Pereira/H...
by Roderick Grant
Wed May 06, 2020 11:07 am
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Topic: Occasional reports from the outside world
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: Occasional reports from the outside world

Pereira's original design has to be seen in context with the neighborhood. The relationship to the park and the commercial strip of Wilshire Blvd. was brilliant. As to the precise design elements, it was definitely of it time, so aesthetically, one either liked it or did not. Its principal deficit w...
by Roderick Grant
Tue May 05, 2020 10:57 am
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Topic: Occasional reports from the outside world
Replies: 38
Views: 7913

Re: Occasional reports from the outside world

Goff's building will survive. So will Renzo Piano's. The Zumthor design is horrendous. Propped up on massive posts, leaving the open, paved ground underneath a tempting retreat from inclement weather for the 40,000 homeless people of Los Angeles, it is a graceless pile. It is a wonder that a Pritzke...
by Roderick Grant
Tue May 05, 2020 10:35 am
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Topic: Video: Lighting at the Laurent House - Rockford, IL
Replies: 27
Views: 888

Re: Video: Lighting at the Laurent House - Rockford, IL

Sorry, SDR, the hardcover of Sergeant's book is the same paper.
by Roderick Grant
Mon May 04, 2020 12:10 pm
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Topic: Videos: Graycliff - Derby, NY
Replies: 22
Views: 723

Re: Videos: Graycliff - Derby, NY

Referring to the original plan for the esplanade as an infinity pool is misleading. The pool area was just a narrow space within the broad enclosing stone border. The plan in Taschen (2/156) is indistinct; whether the area around the pool was to be grass or hardscape is difficult to tell, but given ...
by Roderick Grant
Mon May 04, 2020 11:55 am
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Topic: Video: Unity Temple's "Latecomers" entrance
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: Video: Unity Temple's "Latecomers" entrance

Barnsdall, Ennis and Freeman would require veritable tomes to list all of the addenda patched onto them.
by Roderick Grant
Mon May 04, 2020 11:49 am
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Topic: Article: Bott House - Kansas City, MO
Replies: 15
Views: 2701

Re: Article: Bott House - Kansas City, MO

I don't mind the asymmetry of the principal façade at all. It is only in drawings and drone photographs that one can see that side of the house clearly. The only alteration I would make to the house is to change the forecourt from concrete to the gravel that FLW specified. True, gravel is more high ...
by Roderick Grant
Sat May 02, 2020 12:38 pm
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Topic: Video: Unity Temple's "Latecomers" entrance
Replies: 11
Views: 399

Re: Video: Unity Temple's "Latecomers" entrance

Excellent! I have never known of this "latecomer" passage. I'll have to peruse Siry's book.
by Roderick Grant
Sat May 02, 2020 12:33 pm
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Topic: Video: Lighting at the Laurent House - Rockford, IL
Replies: 27
Views: 888

Re: Video: Lighting at the Laurent House - Rockford, IL

On another subject, Richardson is the only example that I am aware of where a FLW living room ceiling, which one would expect to rise up to an apex, is reversed, dropping down (not terribly much) to the midpoint. Todd, what has your experience been living in that room? It does make your house unique...