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Erdman who led Mr Wright in the direction of mass-market design ?
I suppose the sales of the respective types might give the lie to that suggestion. But the #2 is downright ungainly, in most images I've seen, while the untried
#3 could have had real appeal for the modernist segment of the market -- which clearly was the apple of Mr Wright's eye from the beginning, in 1935. I
realize the #3 is essentially a chopped-and-channeled #2, with the same compositional ingredients -- but Wright had learned long ago that lower was better,
hadn't he ?
"The house was very loft-like. The continuous band of windows is perceptible from many vantage points, particularly because of the lack of permanent
partitioning. The accordion doors at the second floor parapets and the accordion enclosure to the bedroom at the top of the stair all contribute to the
"one room house " concept and that of the roof providing shelter rather than enclosure. There are those who think of the Erdman Prefabs as other than
bespoke Wright designs, which they are, but Erdman 2 is fully Wright, just Wright using an imposed grammar to its best potential. It is a great design,
and I think Erdman 3 could be as good if built.
"I think Mr. Romero could do Erdman3 virtual justice as he has with the Larkin Building....its pieces and detailing are known, it just needs to be configured."
It is strange that Wright never embraced more prefab possibilities akin to Schindler's post and panel system which made all kinds of sense to me. Wright could have had his army of apprentices banging out insulated wall panels and truck them to the site.
Some early brick and board Usonians were panelized with exterior wood walls shop built and delivered to the site...the original Sondern house was an example (see pics of panels being delivered at this link):
http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... 6f14ac02c1
could hope to make perfect miters on the laminated board-and-batten walls; I have never seen such a machine. Mitering one long and wide board at a time, and applying it separately to the house, results in what we often see: rows of
rusting nails at the corner, and various degrees of gapping where boards either did not originally meet, or have warped and shrunk in the years since construction.
Laminating the wall sections in the shop, with adhesives, and then cutting the miter, has the potential to eliminate most of those flaws.
That only leaves the problem of connecting that miter securely, in a weather-tight manner, in the field . . .
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