Article: 'How FLW Desigend a Distraction-free Home Office'

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Re: Article: 'How FLW Desigend a Distraction-free Home Office'

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https://buffaloah.com/a/jewett/125/12recep/12recep.html

https://www.flickriver.com/photos/31155 ... 947124335/

When Yukio Futagawa photographed the Martin reception room, sometime prior to 1987, the front door opened directly into the room. There appears to be an open door into the "bursar's office," as well. These elements do not appear on published plans, and have apparently been corrected during the course of restoration. Note also the absence of the ceiling trim; in the office the shelves beneath the windows differ from those since restored.


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The original plan and a presentation plan show a simpler desk design. The original section drawing omits all the built-ins in the space; even the twin brick columns are absent:

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I have found only one plan with the desk as built, and cannot identify its source:

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Re: Article: 'How FLW Desigend a Distraction-free Home Office'

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The floor plan that you cannot identify was prepared by University at Buffalo Architecture students that prepared HABS drawings as part of an independent study under curator John O’Hern and professor Mark Ernst. I coordinated some of that and suggested we include a plan showing what was believed to be the original configuration at the time.

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Re: Article: 'How FLW Desigend a Distraction-free Home Office'

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Thanks, Pat. Study of the various first-floor plans of the house reveals that Mr Wright was able to maintain his unique parti, centered about eight four-column nodes, while accommodating every special condition that occurred in the vicinity of a node. On the second floor, only two nodes associated with the stairwell rise to the second floor. Comparing Wright's second-floor plan with the as-built provided by W A Storrer, one finds several differences.

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