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by dkottum
Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:41 pm
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Topic: Nice Slideshow Of Taliesin-Past & Present
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Nice photos of a beautiful place. Makes me wish for an early spring.

SDR, I don't recall anyone using the word "estate" to describe their home or farm in the upper midwest, except lawyers after they die.

doug k
by dkottum
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:39 pm
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Topic: Copeland's Usonian Furniture
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The Plaza Usonian pieces were black with the sawn edges painted red, as I recall. I have seen them but can't remember where, maybe Taliesin or maybe a book.

doug k
by dkottum
Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:03 pm
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Topic: Who was Mrs. Cheney?
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For what its worth, my dad had neighbors in Minnesota during those years named Cheney, they pronounced it CHEE-nee.

doug k
by dkottum
Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:49 pm
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Topic: Book suggestions?
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Excellent lists. I have learned more about FLW from his drawings and his own writings than any other source. He can be hard to read and plays loose with the facts but if its architecture you're interested in, that's where to find it. Get a set of "Frank Lloyd Wright Complete Works" (and a good magni...
by dkottum
Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:04 am
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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The Usonian workspace, galley, or kitchen was intentionally small. The dining table was just at its edge, preferably attached, to eliminate the need for another table within the space. It was adjacent to the main living space so the "cook" could share conversation with the family. It never was a pas...
by dkottum
Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:36 am
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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Usonian design

A word about entry, corners, and dead ends. The Usonian entry is perhaps like the introduction of a book, doesn't reveal much, but sets the tone for the experience you are about to receive. Its materials and furnishings are exactly what you will find throughout the house. It has a low ceiling that e...
by dkottum
Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:41 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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John, this is better. A couple of comments. With 10 acres of land there is really no point in using the L-shaped plan, which is a result of a city lot and a need to create some private space inside the house and out. When you have your land you may see a number of features that will shape the house....
by dkottum
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:54 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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Ooops. It is John Adams. And I just read Mr. Virr's new thread posted ahead of my own referring to site and design. Sorry.

doug k
by dkottum
Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:43 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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Returning to John Smith's original post about being drawn to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, both of these houses are built into spectacular sites. Although plan, elevation, and section of Wright's Usonians were so perfectly done, his best designs were a result of his ability to analyze the building ...
by dkottum
Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:57 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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Wright's Usonian's were much more orchestrated than what you may see paging through the books. The floor plan, elevations, and materials were (usually) a consequence of the site and owners. The floor plan was laid out on a grid, usually four feet, so alignment of all components (windows, doors, stru...
by dkottum
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:49 pm
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Topic: Curtis Yelland House (1910)
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Congratulations Paul. Not only is that a terrific Prairie School house (we toured it after the previous restoration), but you get the historic Rock Crest - Rock Glen neighborhood along with it. What a great place to retire.

Hoping to visit next summer.

doug k
by dkottum
Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:28 pm
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Topic: Want to build Usonian - Advise?
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Assuming you want a house much less complex than Fallingwater or Kentuck Knob, good advice is provided by Wright himself in "The Natural House", a simply written and well illustrated book he wrote about the building the Usonian house. Begin by finding a good, interesting building suite, one with cha...
by dkottum
Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:36 pm
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Topic: The Conical Building Type: 1923-1950+
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I think Beth Shalom looks a lot more like a origami samurai helmet than a fir tree:

http://www.foldedsquare.com/kabuto-samurai-armour.htm

doug k
by dkottum
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:35 pm
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Topic: Frank Lloyd Wright’s gas station the first Starbucks?
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Exactly R. Grant. Looking at the model of Broadacre, it looks just like a suburb, as though the city is just over the hill. Maybe that's why it is confusing. This model section could be anywhere, hundreds of miles from a city. Actually, if Wright had his way, there would be no city at all as we know...
by dkottum
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:29 pm
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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Berdan again, you had to bring this up. Wonderful Usonian, good site, easy to build, hard to screw up if you follow the plan.

Why not, Paul Harding?