Videos: Graycliff - Derby, NY

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Referring to the original plan for the esplanade as an infinity pool is misleading. The pool area was just a narrow space within the broad enclosing stone border. The plan in Taschen (2/156) is indistinct; whether the area around the pool was to be grass or hardscape is difficult to tell, but given the border of stone, it was probably meant to be paved.

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i prefer to think of the esplanade as an outdoor room, the top of the side walls and bench matches the floor level of the house. Similar in many ways to the outdoor space at the Freeman house, although Graycliff's does not start stepping down the incline.

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Assuming that the cliff can be stabilized, is there a plan to reconstruct any of the original features associated with it ?

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A pending plan sought to rebuild the stone bench, although closer to the house by ten feet (originally ninety feet from the house)

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In this video I find the first evidence of Wright's magic at the property: the amble through the house, starting in the kitchen (with a glimpse of the entrance facade), through a service pantry with sink, window, and conviently-placed radiator, through the dining room and into the living room, with the objective of the library (here renamed "View Room") as the extent of the interior tour. It is the transition from living room to library that is so delightfully startling: it is as though we pass without incident from indoors to out, here, while continuing to enjoy the shelter of an interior space. A low bookcase occurs at the transition. The change in floor material and the presence of boulder walls accomplishes the trick, perhaps amplified by a change in lighting ? The effect is quietly breathtaking---for me.

I hope to find another video, sooner or later, that takes the visitor through this "outdoor-indoor" space and on to the final one, the sun room. Will that feel even more liberating---an enclosed porch, perhaps ?

[For those who prefer to spell Greycliff with an E, there is one supporting resource: the heading for the project in Monograph 5 (p 46). Even here Pfeiffer omits the name in his brief text (see below). In Taschen II (p 156) the house is called Graycliff (though, again, not cited in the text), and in every other source---"In the Nature of Materials," and throughout Storrer, the word is spelled with an A. (Pfeiffer/Goessel refer to the library by its correct name, in Taschen.)]

We are shown no elevation drawings for the house, only those for the garage; we have no way to know what about the construction may have disappointed the architect, who only complains, in "In the Nature of Materials," that the building "is somewhat clumsy in detail compared with the contemporary work at Taliesin"---this intended, perhaps, to distract us from the fact of the retardataire nature of the design ? Two early exterior views, and an interior of the living room, along with plans and a colored plot plan, are all the documents supplied by the principal sources.


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