For sale: Home by David Henken - Mount Pleasant, NY

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For sale: Home by David Henken - Mount Pleasant, NY

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Interesting interior, but the plan violates that necessity that SDR's professor claimed essential to good architecture: it isn't beautiful. For an avid advocate of FLW, Henken has produced a scheme that ignores everything FLW valued.

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Hard to believe, isn't it. Maybe the client insisted that his or her (I can't make myself write "their") sketch be followed exactly ? One of his quieter designs, judging by the photos ?

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That said, the elevations, the spaces, and the materials and details all seem quite nice; the street elevation is most pleasant. Some more study might reveal that the realtor plan drawings are not accurate---realty, not reality ? There seem to be many more parallel walls in the photos, though of course that can be hard to verify using photographs alone. The board ceilings are helpful in this regard . . .

Perhaps the client was a musician, familiar with the echo-reducing qualities of the non-orthogonal room ?

Or---is this just Henken moving off-grid, in a way comparable (in type if not in kind) to later Schindler ?

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Schindler's work became more complex as it evolved, but it was never out of control, arbitrary or random. There was always a discernable logic to his plans, even in such late houses as Armon and Tischler. As a planner, Schindler ranks with FLW.

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I'm guessing this was originally a tight little house, 3BD and 1.5BR, that got an addition put on which blew out its proportions...? The office and Master suite shown on the floor plan at the end of the video seem highly inconsistent with the rest of the home, and in the absence of those office and Master, a small Usonian appears, and, at least for me, makes far more sense. Especially the Living Room, which is nice, but seems awkwardly condensed for the house "as-is" with its 5BD and 2.5BR. (The wood walls are also different in the office and Master (plywood) than the rest of the bedrooms (lapped boards).)

I think there's a very elegant little house in there...

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Jay contributes this illustration:


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The drawing on the video is truncated at the bottom. Is the present carport "off the map" as it were ?

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Yes, here's the listing.
https://www.redfin.com/NY/Thornwood/101 ... e/20097834
Doing a satellite view of the property is interesting.

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Roland's book lists all the houses in Pleasantville, and where they are located, but the type is so tiny, I cannot read it. There are two Henken house Roland notes as having been enlarged.

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