eBay: Gillin House (Dallas, TX) construction drawings

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Don't make me show this again . . . :roll:

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Gillin is one of those FLW designs that is best seen in person. I have never cared as much for the big houses, verging on mansions, as for the small wonders, like Goetsch-Winkler, but Gillin in person is very impressive. It's hard to say what begat the change from the intended plaster ceiling to wood. Possibly the immense size of the room with its limited daylight from the small windows on the NNW side called out for ceiling lights, and we all know how much FLW disdained those, so he may have decided late in the game to go whole hog. Nevertheless, it works.

(Notice in the second section above, showing the ventilation at the peak of the living room, expressed as a hexagonal skylight inside, there are chimes hanging. Mr. Guerin, the second owner, was not fond of the tintinnabulation, and removed them. I believe the skylight was also rebuilt as fixed glass.)

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Post by SDR »

Roderick, do we know for sure that the roofs are indeed concrete slabs ?

If the lighting was a late addition to the scheme, either there had to be pockets cast in the slabs to receive the fixtures, or the whole ceiling had to be furred down to provide room for them. Most interesting . . .

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Post by Roderick Grant »

I don't know the chronology of the design and construction, but it would seem most likely that a conversion from plaster to wood ceiling presaged the beginning of construction. According to Mr. Guerin, the roofs are indeed concrete.

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Preceded ? Foretold ? Spooky . . .

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Gillin plan, from William Allin Storrer, "The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion,":


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© copyright 1993 by W A Storrer

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Sorry---I didn't mean to post that so large . . . !

Better now.

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