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The six Marshall Erdman Pre-Fab 1 designs actually constructed were the William Cass residence, Richmond, New York, the Frank Iber residence, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Arnold Jackson residence (second design), Madison, Wisconsin, and later relocated in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (see "Mid-'50s Frank Lloyd Wright Prefab House To Be Relocated," Architecture: The AlA Journal, Vol. 74, No.3, March 1985, pp. 32, 37, and 42. for a I Clrnplete account of this relocation), the Joseph Mollica residence, in Bayside, Wisconsin, the Carl Post residence in Barrington Hills, Illinois, and the Eugene Van Tamelen residence, Madison. Only two Marshall Erdman Pre-Fab 2 designs were actually constructed-the James B. McBean residence, Rochester. Minnesota, and the Walter Rudin residence, Madison.
This is a 16" vertical module, isn't it. . .?
Van Tamelen L.R.
I'm not comfortable with this ceiling pitch, for some reason.
"The exterior was originally cream ochre with blue battens."
"Frank Lloyd Wright called it a 'one room house'. . ."
I assume this is a 24" vertical module.
Plans from W A Storrer's "FLLW Companion"
I just think that those five Palm Springs examples show that stone veneer can be both original and convincing as stonework. With that as a basis, we can look for something more Wrightian, if we like.
I agree that the best choices for a modern-day Usonian are probably brick and Block. But I like to explore all options, looking for other masonry walls that seem Wrightian -- or at least "real" -- as architectural meat, for the potatoes and salad that is to accompany them in this present-day feast. Some of the richest of his Usonian-period houses have stone masonry: Hoffman comes immediately to mind.
photo by Richard J Herber
Hoffman certainly blows any Prairie style house out of the water.
It would have been considerate to ask for permission to use the photo. No need to remove.
Here is the first example. I will let readers identify subsequent entries, offered in approximately chronological order; I hope to make them increasingly difficult to name. This one is from Taliesin III and is an easy one; where in the complex is it found ?
I almost wrote "development" or "tract" (sometimes misspelled "track") but neighborhood seems friendlier. Or don't Americans want "neighborhoods" any longer ?
This was SWSinDC's original question: ". . .which ONE of Wright's built designs would be your basic model, and what would you expect to list it for?"
1000 posts !
One modern-era American architect after another has proposed some version of this kind of planning, but it just won't "take." The LA postwar youngsters at least built some full-lot landscape schemes, that made maximum use of the available footage. But only "low-income" developments forced the issue of duplex housing back upon the electorate, in the 'sixties and 'seventies -- as I recall it.
With fewer units per block, Wright's early scheme requires more paving per dwelling, and/or fewer houses per acre -- not an attractive proposition for the landowner. And, rather than moving the houses to within shouting (yelling, partying) distance of each other, better to actually build two together, with a good soundproof wall between ?
Perhaps Suntop gets it right. Of course, the pinwheel is just a formal fillip; these homes could be built as two, three or more in a row and still partake of formal variety and cohesiveness, both. . .
each house is sunk into its bermed lot, thus providing privacy and noise abatement. It takes a minute to co-ordinate the section to the plan,
and to correctly read the model photo. . .
The section looks in the direction of the carport.
MPR, off the carport, is a multi-purpose room, which would make a good home office or guest suite. The
plan abounds with gardens and terraces.
"Case Study #24, an unrealized 260-house tract, represents the program's foremost statement about multiple suburban housing. It was sponsored by developer Joseph Eichler of Eichler Homes, Inc., the force behind numerous modern housing communities in Northern California. Seeking to extend his concept to Southern California, Eichler purchased the former Robert Taylor-Barbara Stanwyck ranch, a 142-acre parcel of land near Northridge, California, and engaged the office of Jones and Emmons, with whom he had collaborated frequently on previous projects....
The master plan for Case Study #24 called for decreasing the size of individual lots in order to provide a community-owned park and recreation center. including greenbelts and facilities for swimming, barbercuing and horseback riding. Lack of support for the concept of collectively-owned facilities, however, caused the Los Angeles City Council's Committee on Zoning to deny approval for the project. The land was subsequently developed as a conventional tract....
The rejection of Case Study #24 dealt a tremendous blow to prospective buyers, who had already researved one-third of the homes precisely because of the community concept and because of their inability to afford the purchase and maintenance of house on larger lots."
Somewhat similar to the problems encountered by the various Usonian developments. Usonia II, East Lansing, Michigan, fell to lack of financing for the unconventional architecture and planning. If memory serves, Parkwyn Village and The Acres, Kalamazoo, Michigan, went ahead only when the clients obtained financing though their employer.
Johnzerd1 wrote:This is a facinating subject for me, around 3 years ago I did a cost breakdown on building A Seth Peterson type Cabin, south of San Antonio on a bluff overlooking the River, using sips panels and a sips roof, and I remember the costs coming in right at $40,000 using myself as the GC... I still am planing on building on the site but think I am going to go a little larger for my retirement home ...
On our stay at Seth Peterson this past year we noticed that the finished ceiling was composed of 4x8 sheets of plywood. Another possible 'savings' (in material and labor) over the installation of a dimensional lumber ceiling, as is seen in many Usonians.