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Some exceptional stonework, here, and those wonderful canted roof fascias. . .
I'm not crazy about Wright's "flip-top" houses -- the ones from the last decade, with what seems to me to be too steep a pitch, to only one part of the roof. But I'm a purist, I suppose -- and I haven't actually visited any of these.
I'm always fascinated at how FLW houses show their age, with the wood elements starting to weather or buckle, while the stonework remains fresh and sharp.
SDR wrote:I'm not crazy about Wright's "flip-top" houses -- the ones from the last decade, with what seems to me to be too steep a pitch, to only one part of the roof. But I'm a purist, I suppose -- and I haven't actually visited any of these.SDR
I had the same opinion. Most published photos of them, including Shavin, are unflattering. I'm not surprised to see they are actually beautiful designs, with Peterson representing the essence of this genre.
Whether the high slopes are due to structural considerations, I don't know. The steep pitch certainly imparts drama to the window walls, not to mention that shed roofs are economical..... well, maybe not in a Wright house, but that may also have been a factor in their design.
Of course, these houses probably look smaller "in the flesh" than in photos; perhaps the living rooms are less grandiose than I think they are.