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Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:02 pm
by Roderick Grant
I prefer the views of the 'almost' windowless side of Pauson than the more open side. It looks more fortress-like, impregnable.
Too bad the ruin was whittled down and moved; it looked so grand and sad sitting up on its hill alone.

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:45 pm
by Rood
Enjoyed seeing the long-distance photo which shows the concrete stairway to the second floor. I must have been up and down that stairway a dozen times. Wonder who "Melanie" was, too. Her name is forever immortalized on the terrace floor.

You have to wonder what the City of Phoenix might have done had Mr. & Mrs. Boomer rebuilt the Pauson House, as they once considered. Would the house have been bulldozed, then, too, or would 32nd Street been curved around the new house. Either choice would have been disastrous .... and, of course we wouldn't now have the Boomer House.

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:33 pm
by SDR
Found this unidentified and tiny image on Pinterest.

https://i.pinimg.com/236x/2c/f9/db/2cf9 ... d1fde3.jpg

A novel view, in my experience . . .

S

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:30 pm
by DRN
It has been noted that Rose Pauson (1896-1964) was an artist.
This is a link to a sale of a painting she made titled "Alta Mesa Park After the Fire":
https://www.artisclass.com/product-page ... ose-parson

It would appear this image is Rose's interpretation of the aftermath of the 1943 fire at the Frank Lloyd Wright house.

A book is available by Aaron Green's son Allan about Rose's art :
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Rose-Pauson- ... 1320018629
...and don't forget Allan's book about the subject of this thread:
https://www.amazon.com/Building-Pauson- ... llan+Green

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:59 pm
by SDR
I'm not sure I see evidence in Rose's painting of the Frank Lloyd Wright house. I wonder if a fire at a park---perhaps the one in nearby Mesa, AZ---might be the subject of the painting ?

https://www.mesaparks.com/parks-facilit ... -mesa-park

Was the site of the Pauson house referred to as Alta Mesa---not to be confused with the Alta Vista development located on the site now ?

S

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:00 pm
by Tom
The Pauson picture reminds me of John Marins work.

Re: Rose and Gertrude Pauson house

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:14 pm
by DRN
I saw the image as an abstract depiction of her imagining of the fire, not necessarily as a direct representation. I don’t see this as a rendering of the actual ruin, though the lapped boards and battering of them is expressed, at least in my seeing of the work.
I’m not certain Rose would have travelled from San Francisco to Phoenix amid wartime travel restrictions to visit the ruin...this may have been her mind’s eye view of what she had been told of. Much of the work I have seen by Rose is bucolic landscapes...this image is bleak and dark. Possibly indicative of a personal loss?
Maybe Allan W. Green could chime in if he is still visiting Chat?

The name is mysterious, but I’m skeptical of it being related to a park in Mesa....as that park would have been developed as the suburban sprawl of Mesa obliterated the desert later in the century.