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I'm still waiting for that fireplace coffee table book. Maybe I should take a page from Kramer's notebook and make a coffee table Furnitecture piece which looks like, or doubles as, or is made from a fireplace.
Here's a possible material: Fon-E-BrikÂ® siding. I'm hoping the owner, two doors up, will tear this off and discard it. 32 years and counting . . .
I completely agree with you about adding my own little touches, even if they seem Wrightian to me. My rule has always been if you don't know, make it as simple as possible. Fortunately there is a lot less guess work on this than the model of Midway Gardens I've been working on for an eternity.
I will try and do a window with a very narrow wood molding as you suggest, for the narrow side lites. Thanks for the advice about the thickness of the window trims. I'll keep them as is.
I also think I'm going to leave the placement of the trims as is for now. Everything terminates in a logical manner, at least to my eye.
Thank you also for all the staircase photos. I'll try and scale back what I've got, though I think the general idea is the right one. I'll also fatten up the thickness of the stairs, just to be accurate.
You mention that there is wood framing on the plan that isn't in the elevation. What are you referring to? I'm not seeing it.
I took the vases to be one single element that went through the overhang above the door. That's why they're metal all the way through. Do you think this is feasible? If you look at the torn color elevation, they are the same color both above and below and don't appear to have been rendered in wood. Thoughts?
I'm going to make some modifications this weekend and I'll try and post more early in the week. Still got some questions, but this has been really helpful.
Thank you all!
So, according to this section drawing, anyway, you have one answer to the question of how the architect would handle those narrow side windows. I assume those are not operating sash, by the way.
As for the stair baseboard, the three examples we have of a stepped base all are composed of a plain board topped by a molding, matching the room base. I suppose, since the drawings we have of this project don't appear to show a base composed of board plus molding, you would be correct in omitting the molding on your stair base. Yet there's no evidence that Wright intended a stepped stair base for this project; given the relatively plain molding details, maybe the plainer design -- a straight baseboard to the stair -- would be the right assumption ? Perhaps we'll continue to look for examples from this period in Wright's work.
I'll follow the plan and add the windows, with wooden surround, soon. I've worked on a few projects like this before, and for all of them, nothing matched 100%. You're correct that Wright would change his mind, though sometimes I think it's just a mistake on the part of the draftsman.
My thought is that as long as you are following a drawing, it's at least legitimate. But you need to pick and choose judiciously.
I'm going to experiment with the baseboards some more, but I think the staircase trim is going to remain stepped. Wright really seemed to hate diagonals at this point in his career. With so many examples of stepped trims, and no examples of a diagonal, I think that's how it will have to be.
"My thought is that as long as you are following a drawing, it's at least legitimate." Certainly. It's also true that the scale of a drawing necessarily determines the amount and degree of detail which can be depicted. Every drafter -- until the modern era, that is, when all drawings are made at full scale -- knows that he has choices to make from the first stroke.
If Wright made these drawings himself, for this fledgling project from the the slow days of 1919, I wouldn't expect "drafter error" to be a factor. (Was Wright in Tokyo throughout 1919 ? Would he have made these sheets there ?)
Have we already noted that this project doesn't appear in Taschen -- despite its inclusion in the far more selective "Treasures of Taliesin" ?
I'd love to hear everyone's feedback on the following images, based on the earlier comments.
First, here is a view showing the trim along the staircase. I think it's more reasonable than what I had before. Though it is thick, I think it's comparable to what was shown in the images others have posted in this thread
Next, I'm quite happy with how the thin windows to either side of the main ones turned out. I realized that (a) I had the little subdivided squares in the main window facing the wrong way, and (b) that the cames on the adjacent windows lined up with the horizontal lines in the subdivided squares. Pretty cool!
Last, what do you all think of the radiator on the stair landing? Originally, I had planned on taking the baseboard from the second level and bringing it around to create the ledge at the window, but when I did that the radiator cover was impossibly short. By taking the trim from the edge of the wall cap around, the cover is almost exactly the same size as the cover in the entrance room. My only concern is that the window above it becomes rather squat (hence why I havenâ€™t put glass in it) but that may not be a big deal. Really none of the windows in this space are the same size, but the pattern unites them all.
All thoughts and comments are welcome. Iâ€™m hoping for the next round to put some prints in place.