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by dkottum
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:38 pm
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Topic: Interesting question
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This house was designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, FLLW's granddaughter, when she lived and worked in Fargo, ND. It is a good design of the Usonian idea. There was another house, built with stone, of hers torn down because of flood buyout nearby some years ago. It's not far from our home and I tr...
by dkottum
Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:39 pm
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Topic: Help w/ plans
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A remarkable view indeed at the time for these Rochester, MN houses, southerly high over farmland and wooded hills in the distance, but only minutes from Mayo Clinic where the doctor worked. Today there is a large indoor shopping mall, parking lot, and busy roadways below.

Doug K
by dkottum
Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:37 pm
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Topic: Fabulous... for Rattenbury. Usonianesque for sale
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I like to think of a Usonian as an idea, as expressed in FLLW's houses of the 1930's and afterward. I think he meant this to describe those houses that would be built in Usonia (United States of North America) or Broadacre City, but then writes about it again in 1950's "The Natural House". By his ex...
by dkottum
Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:56 pm
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Topic: Help w/ plans
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Macrodex, that last house scheme was for Dr. B. Marden Black in Rochester, Minnesota, and was not built. I don't have any references with me but it was designed about 1947 along with houses for Bulbulian and Keyes for neighboring lots on Skyline Drive. It is in the Monographs and the recently releas...
by dkottum
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:34 pm
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Topic: Fabulous... for Rattenbury. Usonianesque for sale
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There is no greater fan of John Howe than our fellow chatter Eric Saed. About ten years ago I contacted him after his posts on this site regarding Howe's work in Minnesota. He responded with detailed descriptions and directions for nearly all of them. I have since visited every one I could using his...
by dkottum
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:17 pm
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Topic: Fabulous... for Rattenbury. Usonianesque for sale
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It seems to me the houses by Rattenbury and Howe discussed here do not work well because they take the small Usonian idea and simply enlarge it. The spaces created lose the intimate scale of the Usonian model, and the additional rooms feel disconnected. FLLW also applied Usonian ideas and materials ...
by dkottum
Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:43 pm
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Topic: Fabulous... for Rattenbury. Usonianesque for sale
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It's lacking the lightness and grace of his mentor's work.

Doug
by dkottum
Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:36 pm
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Topic: Help w/ plans
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The Feshback perspective makes me want to live there now. The swooping roof, the massing of the planters and chimney, the patina copper, all in Wrightian scale and set in that garden-like site appeal greatly to me. How about those copper triangles extending slightly below the parapet.

Doug
by dkottum
Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:12 pm
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Topic: Help w/ plans
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What's with that blanket or rug hanging over the parapet of the Gladney schemes? Everything in perfect symmetry, except the rug. We see that repeatedly in his perspectives, and in the Taliesin theatre. It seems to add something to the building, but I'm not sure what.

Doug
by dkottum
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:05 pm
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Topic: California Homes for $1 million or more
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Never been colder than a July morning in 1967, returning from Vietnam in formation on the flight deck of the USS Hancock and sailing under the Golden Gate bridge. What a view of the city though. Living there, San Diego, and now Battle Lake, MN it seems interesting people like to live near water. (I ...
by dkottum
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:13 pm
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Topic: A little off...
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Maybe too much like Mies and Corbu, and he realized it. He would soon be talking about Broadacre City, where the centralized city would disappear and all would live a near self-sufficient lifestyle in their own little Usonians on an acre or two. I like that vision better than the other, and much bet...
by dkottum
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:51 am
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Topic: Article on Mrs. Shavin
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Gerte Shavin, Roland Reisley, Olfelt perhaps, come to mind. I wonder what other original clients are still living in their FLLW homes today?

Doug
by dkottum
Fri Feb 11, 2011 1:29 pm
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Topic: Sobriquets For Wright Buildings
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I had assumed the sloped cabinets were also to display photographs, as Marden was a National Geographic photographer.

Doug K
by dkottum
Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:52 am
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Topic: Stromquist House
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Thanks Peter, but it fails me a lot these days. Archie Teater was among several who received a dusted off plan thinking it was all original. As I recall the presentation perspective drawing was the same for both, with modifications to the surrounding landscape. As an aside, there is a collection (ma...
by dkottum
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:11 am
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Topic: Stromquist House
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There is another client who received the Teater scheme, nearly identical, but I cannot remember the name. I believe it came before Teater, but I am traveling in our little Airstream trailer with no space for my references. It is in "FLW Complete Works, Vol 3 1943 - 1959". Also interesting to see the...