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Here is the latest attempt at the roofs. I think this looks much better. In your comments, please only look at the angles of the roofs. Yes, I realize the diamond shaped windows are gone - they're very difficult to make and I don't want to re-insert them until I know I'm good on the angle.
Looking at the perspective, I'm having a hard time figuring out the angle of the roof face over the bedrooms that has the window in it. It doesn't appear to be drawn the same on each wing, when you look carefully. I like what I have and may just go with it. While we can endlessly debate what things should have been, some of it is just unknowable (and some of it doesn't really matter in the long run.)
With your indulgence, these are the adjustments that I might make, to get even closer to Wright's drawing. I'll put everything I see out there, at one stroke.
The ceiling above the door height has to become either point-symmetrical, like Nakoma (which is so highly unlikely as to be not worth consideration since the center point is not buried in the chimney mass) or along the lines of Arnold Friedman, with at least a slight horizontal ridge.
conceivably make a case for a low masonry V-roofed vault encompassing the eight columns, supporting the chimney while creating a "nook" space
around the fireplace -- but it would be unlike anything else I can recall in the work, though I do have a strong image in mind of a low pointed vault or
arch, in Wright or elsewhere, surmounted by something steeper . . .
We have to recognize the fact that the chimney in the exterior views does not readily accord, in its breadth at least, with the one shown on the plan.
SDR, thank you for the mark-ups to my drawing. Very helpful.
It isn't so much the "replicate" part that gives real trouble; it's the "complete" part. In the world of, say, painting, it would be the difference between a perfect copy of a known canvas, and the appearance out of nowhere of a work very much in the style of . . . or a believable new entry for the catalog ?
What's next ? Anyone ready to take on the complete Arch Oboler campus, or the seaside John Nesbitt residential compound of 1940 . . . for instance ? Can we learn enough from the extant drawings to properly model them -- or any of a several dozen even more desirable unbuilt works . . .
https://www.tripsavvy.com/arch-oboler-g ... at-4123886
Maybe not an "estate," exactly, but a multi-piece compound nevertheless. I like the color presentations, surely the must lurid of any of them:
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The vertical masonry surfaces appear to be plumb throughout, not battered. Note the overhead of Desert Masonry -- a floating concrete tray.
I'm quite happy with this. The roof angles look good, and I adjusted the angles under the bedroom overhangs. To me, the elegance of the design is really starting to show.
The chimney is for a later date.
I've been thinking about the best way to tackle the mess of the interior, and I have decided that I want to start by detailing out the bedrooms. They clearly are meant to be open to the rafters, with the inclusion of that diamond shaped skylight in the roof. Figuring out how that works, how the ceiling relates to the walls, how thick the walls are, etc. should go a long way to making the main space easier. I'll have a lot of questions for you all.
I don't know if I say thank you enough to you all as a group, but "Thank you!" All the contributions from this forum were invaluable for Spaulding, and will be even more so for this project. I appreciate all the time, thought, and advice immensely.