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A page from the same museum provides more, and apparently more accurate, information. The only obvious error is the insistence on calling this house, and other work by the architect, "Prairie Style."
https://www.vchistory.org/historical-si ... ght-house/
Indeed John's very first architectural commission could be called Prairie, as it apes his father's work of the period quite well. But it was the last time he would design in a borrowed vein (see illustration below). I turned to my John Lloyd Wright reference, a slender booklet containing a chronological list of John's work. There the Merrill commission is found, with a 1959 date and the title "Wonder-Y Ranch (Merrill residence)."
John Lloyd Wright's practice moved from Indiana to Southern California in the middle of 1946 (the same year that "My Father Who Is on Earth" was published); the remainder of his career was spent in Del Mar, an oceanside town near San Diego. The forty-five works---roughly two-thirds of his built output---on the list, most of them houses, were constructed at Del Mar, Escondido, San Diego, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Thousand Oaks, Pauma Valley, Whittier and other nearby towns and cities, with outliers in Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas.
After working with his older brother Lloyd in San Diego at age eighteen, in 1910, John struck out on his own, drafting for two firms. At the second of these, successful Los Angeles architect Harrison Albright gave him a house to design. The 1912 Wood residence was the result; he is said to have taken the Grace Fuller house in Glencoe, Ill, his father's work, as his model. Seeing the house as it was being constructed "[gave me] the closest feeling to worship I had ever known," he later wrote.
His next commission would not occur for another dozen years . . .
Wood residence, Escondido, CA, 1912.
More from Robert Lerner, historian:
"Valley Center also was home to the offspring of two famous racehorses. In 1958, Merrill Ranchos bought Mr. Wonderful, one of 108foals of Seabiscuit, and then the ranch was renamed Wonder Y. It’s no longer in existence.
One of Secretariat’s offspring, Lady’s Secret, lived at ValleyCreek Farm. Lady’s Secret was the 1986 Horse of the Year and diedin 2003.
And in 2004, Juan Aguilar bought a granddaughter of Seattle Slew and named the filly Atzimba.
Valley Center even has a Frank Lloyd Wright connection. Lerner said Wright’s son, John, designed a Valley Center house in 1959, the year his father died, following his father’s concepts.
“You walk up to the property, and right away you know this is a Frank Lloyd Wright house,” he said.
A photo of the house is on exhibit at the museum, but its owners do not want the address made public, Lerner said."
This address, found on Google Maps, places the property across the street from "Agape Ranch Dog Sports." Locating that business on the satellite view, one finds a house across the street, visible on the left in this image:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/N+Lak ... 116.971432
Access to the house from N Lake Wohlford Rd is not immediately clear. The house sits above the road to the west, behind a bluff that obscures it completely from the road.
https://www.modernsandiego.com/article/ ... -san-diego
Mr York provides a useful local history for the Wrights, father and sons. He commits two errors, confusing the Jester and Lykes projects, and misstating the location of Long Beach, John's place of residence prior to 1946: it is in Indiana, not Illinois.
York follows the Wright apprentices who, sooner or later, would populate the San Diego area, describing their time and/or interactions with Wright and their subsequent work and careers.
https://www.incredibleart.org/links/jlw ... right.html
According to Thomas Heinz in his FLW Field Guide: "It is unlikely that Wright's design for Grace Fuller was ever realized, as suggested by others, as there is no evidence in the property records of her building or owning land. She was a librarian in Glencoe. It has been suggested she may have been a relative of Darwin Martin."
Storrer says the house was well-known by John H. Howe prior to his association with FLW.
That records of Grace Fuller cannot be located could be as simple as a misspelling of her name. It might have been, for instance, Gladys Feller? Relying on the non-existence of a record proves little if anything. Bureaucrats can be messy.
Grace Fuller house, Glencoe, IL, 1906, Frank Lloyd Wright
© The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
The roof overhang of the simple and compact Grace Fuller house is one of Wright's most generous; it varies in width between front/back (4'-0") and sides (5'-6").
The exterior design feature of large corner piers with rectangles of decorative trim appears first on this house--if the Martin Gardener's Cottage, possibly not by Wright, is ignored. A similar decoration is found on the Sutton house of the year before---though not at a corner of the structure---and twice earlier in the form of rectangular trim folded around the solid corners of a house (Hoyt, and Brown, both 1905).
Following Fuller, the solid corner decorated thus is found in 1907 on the Stephen Hunt version of the "Fireproof House for $5000"---though not on the illustrations for that project, where the piers are unadorned. Finally on the Stockman residence of 1908 (another "Fireproof" clone) the trim frame, this time doubled concentrically, again wraps the corner.
https://www.google.com/search?q=darwin+ ... 75&bih=553
I have a copy of the Stockman House blueprints and the corner piers were drawn as identical to the Stephen Hunt House, Wright made a rough pencil addition to the drawings that changed them to the as-built double wraparound design.SDR wrote: ↑Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:09 pmFollowing Fuller, the solid corner decorated thus is found in 1907 on the Stephen Hunt version of the "Fireproof House for $5000"---though not on the illustrations for that project, where the piers are unadorned. Finally on the Stockman residence of 1908 (another "Fireproof" clone) the trim frame, this time doubled concentrically, again wraps the corner. SDR
SDR: Do you have a street address for the photo you provided above?
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/339669996 ... 7gg0mE5ZtD
I'll see if anything shows up on Fifth Avenue in Escondido . . .
https://www.google.com/maps/place/200+W ... 17.0802655
And now we can read John's watercolor rendering as showing a semi-circular entry porch---like the one on Daddy Frank's first-floor plan of the Grace Fuller house, or in the first perspective (Mahony's work ?) of that house, where it is an enclosed space---which is what we see at the present-day Wood residence . . .
Because the house is on a corner lot, the side and rear of the house can be seen from the street as well. Hooray, Google.