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by dkottum
Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:56 pm
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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Thanks all for the comments on Stracke and my defense will rest with a couple thoughts. The most offensive element appears to be the chevron windows. They are somewhat weird but do not stand alone among the forms of the building. What's the alternative if the client insisted on natural basement ligh...
by dkottum
Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:33 pm
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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Fun to compare design elements of a considered lousy house with one of FLLW's best. Palli, is Stracke for Florida? I remember an earlier scheme for Stracke built into a hillside apparently with an expansive overlook. I don't see Wright's Usonian fireplaces as a place to gather chairs. The placement ...
by dkottum
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:38 pm
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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This may bring us back to the Berdan project and its louvered windows above the transom. Wright never did that before, is it his? Well, that's his signature at the bottom of the drawings.

doug k
by dkottum
Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:58 am
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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The fireplace and dining/living/terrace arrangement remind me of Fallingwater. Unconventional to those who like little groupings of furniture around the fire, but perhaps intended to serve the space as a whole with its presence. I think the unusual workspace placement serves with some success to bre...
by dkottum
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:20 am
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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I think the bauble is just a number reference to the window schedule.
by dkottum
Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:13 pm
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
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R Grant, it seems to me the Seth Peterson cottage is a derived from this idea, more than any other, and Seth Peterson is quite good. Why is Stracke so bad and Peterson so good? This is one of those plans that seem so simple and complete, it would be difficult to mess it up if done according to plan....
by dkottum
Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:21 am
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Topic: Unbuilt home--Ludington Michigan
Replies: 135
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There are some who wish to experience everyday life in a design similar to FLLW houses, but have no desire whatsoever to live that life in a place where his genuine houses exist. So we will replicate to our own satisfaction. No need to present it as anything but what it is. Kindness and encouragemen...
by dkottum
Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:19 am
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Topic: Usonian houses with a shed roof
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Referring to the question of why FLLW would use a shed roof on the Usonian house. We have such a house of our own design under construction here as time, funds, and health permits. One of the great qualities of this roof is the magnificent views of the sky over the earth line, the many changes witne...
by dkottum
Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:53 am
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Topic: What would be your dream house?
Replies: 42
Views: 20292

Here too, the small print indicates a "drain" channel around the bottom of the funnel. This odd little house is so different in concept it is hard to accept as a house, we tend to look at why it would not work rather than how it could. But it is among his most interesting designs, beautifully scaled...
by dkottum
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:03 pm
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Topic: What would be your dream house?
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It does have insect screens, but then a close look at Spivey elevations show it has them as well.

doug k
by dkottum
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:21 pm
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Topic: What would be your dream house?
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Fantasy? I need a winter home now, that would be Ludd Spivey in southern Florida, a much more delightful camping experience than our little Airstream.

doug k
by dkottum
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:52 pm
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Topic: What would be your dream house?
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myLiebermeisterAGG, the Allen Paul house is of great interest to me. I have seen a few photos in older magazines but would love to see a floor plan. My favorites are small houses on fantastic, often difficult sites. Walker by Wright and Wild Bird (before the recent renovation) by Mark Mills are my f...
by dkottum
Sun May 22, 2011 11:41 pm
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Topic: Former Employees of FLW with Great Careers in Architecture
Replies: 60
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Paul, understanding your problem with the derivative nature of work done by Wright's apprentices, I remember reading an interview with John Howe relating his recognition of this. He said simply that his clients did not come to him because he was John Howe, they came to him because he had been at Tal...
by dkottum
Sun May 22, 2011 2:28 pm
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Topic: Former Employees of FLW with Great Careers in Architecture
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Not much representation from the Usonian years. We may never know the extent of John H. Howe's design contribution while in Wright's studio, but it most probably was significant. His work there moved into an extensive practice of his own a few years after Wright's death, continuing ideas he learned ...
by dkottum
Tue May 17, 2011 8:52 am
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Topic: Parkwyn Village ~ McCartney Residence for Sale
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Why not build a replica and save dismantling, moving, and restoration costs? There is little of the Usonian materials, primarily masonry, wood, glass, that is unique.

Doug K