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The drawings are sweet; I really like his line. I copied the ones of the Lot 6 house (the hexagon---neat plan) and the Sea Crag house
(just plan and elevation, in color), as well as three other houses and a chapel.

The Shell House ceilings (underside of conical vaults) are embedded with parallel strips of wood. If I haven't said it before (or not
about Mills, anyway), he's another to take a path similar to that of John Lautner: trying out one new tectonic after another.

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I saw that color interior shot of the Shell House. Pretty cool.
I like the Farrah house too but have not seen an interior shot that makes it understandable.

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The house Mills designed for himself is featured on the cover of HB, June 1964, a wonderful small house. 24' of a wall in the living room was constructed of recycled 18"x6" redwood beams separated by two 6-3/4" widths of fixed glass.

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Yeah, I love that detail.
It shows up in one of the elevation drawings linked here

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The Mills house with the wall of huge horizontal redwood timber separated by glass is the "Lot 5" house in this archive.
They show up in the plan and are labeled "bridge timbers & glass"
They are eight modules long.
If RG is correct about the 24ft length then the house is built on a 3ft module.

So, of all the house designs Mills did for himself, this was the one they built -relying on RG's recall of the HB cover.

I've seen picture of the wall but never knew it was Mills own house.
Anyone ever been there?

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Post by SDR »

Near the bottom of page 4 is a plan and two sections of the living-room seats at Wright's Walker house.


I did see a drawing with elements labeled "bridge beams"---darned if I can find it now.

Here are several of the projects we've discussed:


Mills Lot 6 Residence
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House for Miss Mai Simpson, Partington Ridge
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"Copper Spine" (Farrar)
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Chapel for Big Sur
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Post by Tom »

These are great to have all together like this.

The Mills "Lot 5" house is on the 2nd page 8th shot down
and on the 3rd page 12th shot down.
plan and elevations.

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Mills Lot 5 Residence


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The Lot 6 House was another featured in HB. For a single person, it is about as perfect as the Lyman House or that tiny hex by Lautner.

SDR, there were some others associated with FLW, one way or another, who went A-frame:
Schindler's Bennati Cabin in Arrowhead (1934-7); Alden Dow's Ashmun House (1951); and Alfred Browning Parker's off-kilter Mass House (1954).
I don't know the status of Bennati; Ashmun is extant; Mass has been demolished.

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Another unusual feature seen in more than one Mills design: an exterior ramp.

So, if he didn't build either of these houses (Lots 5 or 6) for himself, where did Mills live ?

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House 6 was his house.

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Post by Matt2 »

I've never heard of this guy before. Wonderful drawings. You're referring to "lots" is this from an auction or just the archive the OP noted?

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Building lots, in Carmel, CA.

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It seems that both the Lot 5 and Lot 6 houses were built.

https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/coa ... mark-mills

I don't see photos of Lot 6, the hexagonal house.

Mills was at Taliesin 1944-48, in San Francisco from '51. At Anshen & Allen briefly, working on Eichler houses. While there he made the connection to Mrs Walker.

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On the rendering in SDR's 2nd post of this thread is a fragment of the title which notes "Carmel Calif. Lot 17 Walker Tract".
From the 2016 FLWBC Conference tour, I learned that the noted tract in Carmel was owned by Wright client Della Walker who commissioned Mills to design two houses on adjacent lots on spec...this was one of those houses. Walker met Mills through the construction of her house...the GC brought Mills on to work on the carpentry.

The dense landscaping made photography almost impossible, but I did manage two interior detail pics and a photo of a period photo of the house. I'll send them to SDR for posting...a compact and very daylit house that was clearly a master work of shelter without confining enclosure.

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