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by Matt
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:26 pm
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Topic: Kalita Humphreys Theater
Replies: 9
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To me this is one of Wright's weakest designs. It just feels like an ungainly blob without any grace or musicality. Granted, I've never seen it in person.
by Matt
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:23 am
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Topic: Ron Olsen modelmaker
Replies: 16
Views: 4640

As an avid model maker, I've always thought an FLW Museum should have models of all his designs. But there's an aesthetic component to any model. Back in the Wright's day, a model would attempt to reflect materials, colors, and even foliage. Sometimes this worked to good effect, but often it came ac...
by Matt
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:50 am
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Topic: Video: Sutton House - McCook, NB
Replies: 21
Views: 6254

This house looks like it was made of concrete, but I assume it's stucco over wood. It makes me wonder how much Wright was influenced by the early French modernists working in concrete.
by Matt
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:55 am
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Topic: Marshalltown, IA Tornado
Replies: 22
Views: 6727

Thanks for the drawings. I look forward to studying them. You're spot on about that extended soldier course that gives a shadowline. The whole composition reads as very simple volumes from a distance, beautifully arranged, then as you get closer you pick out these finer levels of detail. So these ma...
by Matt
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:47 am
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Topic: Marshalltown, IA Tornado
Replies: 22
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Great photos. I hope I can visit this house someday. Love the crisp brickwork with flush vertical mortar. And how the soldier course below the windows is mirrored with dentils on the fascia.
by Matt
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:42 am
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Topic: Erdman Prefabs
Replies: 53
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" In doing so he naturally watered-down the magic considerably" I agree with this. It is interesting to hear the comparison between Erdman and "custom" Usonians when the Usonian was intended to be the low-cost house for the common man. From the outside, Erdman has a tract home look that feels dull c...
by Matt
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:45 am
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Topic: Erdman Prefabs
Replies: 53
Views: 17332

My problem with Erdman is that Wright wants to make a Usonian house in a prefab manner, rather than creating a design from easily replicated modular parts. Which is odd as Wright was all about the modular. I suppose there is a history of his difficulty in working with modular units in the textile bl...
by Matt
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:38 am
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Topic: Glasgow School of Art -- again
Replies: 34
Views: 7258

Have they determined the cause of the latest fire?
by Matt
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:02 pm
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Topic: Article: Paul Hanna and the Hanna House - Stanford, CA
Replies: 34
Views: 7870

Thanks for posting. I'd never seen those chairs before. Sort of a riff on the barrel chair only hexagonal. I'd be more interested in making one of them than tackling an origami chair. Are chair plans amongst the drawings? One label notes the collection of hardwoods on hand. I wonder if they are stil...
by Matt
Sun Jul 01, 2018 4:01 pm
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Topic: A detail on the Herman Mossberg house.
Replies: 67
Views: 21861

There is so much going on in the drawings that I'm left wondering if the only way to really understand them is to build a house. I know the School has students build shelters out in the desert, but they might consider having each class build an actual house somewhere. Pick an unbuilt design and buil...
by Matt
Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:52 am
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Topic: Ennis on the market
Replies: 35
Views: 10618

Are there any covenants attached to the sale? Does the buyer have to maintain the house as is? I'd hate to see some billionaire tear it down.
by Matt
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:08 pm
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Topic: Lindal Usonians?
Replies: 48
Views: 14203

Look Great. Someone should have done this ages ago. Are they prefab? Are these "licensed" from the Foundation?
by Matt
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:08 am
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Topic: Morris Gift Shop
Replies: 13
Views: 6204

My dream is to buy the place and turn it into a residence. The coolest bach-pad in San Fran.
by Matt
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:41 pm
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Topic: Burnham Mansion
Replies: 28
Views: 7360

Really pathetic that they are disturbing this house in order to creat a parking lot. Grrr. School districts are responsible for a lot of such nonsense...as in the Irving Gill house that LA Unified tore down decades ago to their everlasting shame.
by Matt
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:39 pm
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Topic: Whiteford Haddock House - Ann Arbor
Replies: 69
Views: 39832

The steep pitch roof reminds me of the Griggs House in Tacoma. I do wonder if the living room here wouldn't feel rather claustrophobic with tall walls, pitched roof, and few windows. And this design commits a pet peeve of mine, which is that guests pass the living room on the way to the front door.