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(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.
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?
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
House for Miss Mai Simpson, Partington Ridge
"Copper Spine" (Farrar)
Chapel for Big Sur
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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.
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.
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.