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Finally some shots of this hidden house... it seems that is necessary to go for sale to get some pictures (same thing with Manson house). I see that the original house was small but nowadays is very big by the additions did by Howe. Very nice interior but some spaces has lack of good design like that grid ceiling. I also see the use of lot of materials specially for floors, I suppose those are the additions of Howe..?
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- Location: Oak Ridge, TN
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What an experience it would be to reside in this unique, beautiful house. The geometry of the plan is different from anything else FLW did in the Usonian period. The closest comparison would be with Manson ... but not too close. There is a greater emphasis on interior shelter, as opposed to the inside-outside, "Where am I?", quality of all the other Usonians. I wonder if in discussions with FLW, Armstrong gave off a 'vibe' that resulted in a more huddled plan than usual, a greater focus on protection from the environment? Some people revel in the connection to nature, settling close to the mouth of the cave, as it were, while others see a residence as a redoubt, safe haven from the outside world, a warm place to retire at the end of the day, further into the cave, to go home at the end of the day and shut the door.
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- Location: St. Louis, MO
The wooden "bas-relief" mural is designed by John Howe, I believe, and manufactured by owner, if I am remembering correctly. But, it's been awhile.
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A thing of beauty. The designer has managed to suggest actual botanic form, in part, without breaking the unwritten Taliesin rule curbing the use of angular geometries not readily offered by the drafter's triangles.