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Readers hungering for more pictures of this interesting house may eventually come across a page that has many large photos of a number of modernist works by the likes of Scharoun, Schweikher, Dow, Breuer, Tafel, Hillmer and, yes, Mudry, among others.

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthre ... =150044359

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And when you're done with that, try the previous page (75) for much more, from Buff & Hensman, to Breuer to Wright -- Parr in Seattle, Lee in Connecticut -- high-res realtor photo sets,
a few of which have come our way already -- and other goodies, foreign and domestic. Check out the unique shot of the living room at Neils, through the big window from the terrace . . .

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthre ... 81&page=75

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https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthre ... 81&page=73

find: Walter Thomas Brooks - Jorgensen house (or Petal house for the Barr Family?) 1962

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Post by HOJO »

SDR wrote:Check out the unique shot of the living room at Neils, through the big window from the terrace . . .

https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthre ... 81&page=75
Unique shot already gone?
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Post by Tom »

Beautiful
thanks for posting

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Post by SDR »

It's this one, HOJO; I don't recall seeing it before.

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Post by HOJO »

Thank you, SDR.
But I've seen it before, and a lot more, here: https://tours.spacecrafting.com/n-1vzm
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Post by Tom »

Well, I certainly now have an apprecaition for the Neils House that I've never had before.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Not only is Neils a brilliant design, it is in the nicest location in Minneapolis, and one of the best properties of any urban FLW house.

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Post by SDR »

The angled descent into the living room at Neils is reminiscent of that at Manson.


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60-degree plan "accidentals" and a 42-inch square grid are the other similarities -- not that the two houses share much else, including decade of conception.

The curious omission of a passage to the ground from the terrace resulted in the wooden "stile" steps we see in the Neils photo I posted -- along with a tidy subsidence of a portion of the terrace slab ?

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Neils scale was originally 48" square, altered to 42" for cost considerations. The original plan of Neils was conceived by Howe, and was a tortured thing;
instead of the 120-degree bend, it was 60 degrees between the wings,
and, as I recall the unpublished plan that Geiger (who worked on it for Howe) had in his archive, was closer in feel to the Walter House.

At the time of reviewing the plan before sending it off to Neils, FLW completely redesigned the floor plan to its current layout.
It was on that occasion that he remarked, "Sometimes things get by without benefit of clergy."

Given that the final plan fell out of FLW's shirtsleeve, he may have had the Manson design in mind at the time. They are very similar.

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Post by Matt »

Not familiar with this one at all. Fun to discover a new treat. That is some very precise masonry. The color scheme has a whiff of Olgivana about it. Are those steal windows? Did Wright use them often?

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Post by Reidy »

An interesting story about the masonry recounts that it was the only time after the Rookery (after Winslow in a house) that he authorized marble. Neils was in the stone business and specified it from the start.

(Ennis has a marble-floored hallway, but that was an edict from the clients, probably from Mabel. The drawings say shale.)

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The aluminum glazing system is also present thanks to the client's building materials business(es). The original butted- or mitered-glass corners have been lost, however, due to a reglazing with insulating glass, I believe. Do I have that right ?

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