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Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:51 pm
by RJH
This is slightly off topic. But, after studying many Wright Usonian designs (built and un-built) I think the one I would build today in terms of:

- cost to build
- simplicity of construction
- modern day living/comfort
- getting by code
- fitting most lots

would be the Trier house. I think Paul Ringstrom has been inside Trier along with many other Usonians. Perhaps he can elaborate for all of us?

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:24 am
by Paul Ringstrom
Just who constitutes "Taliesin"? The organization Taliesin Associated Architects no longer exists due to a reorganization a few years ago that forced each of those principals to go into private practice.

If by "Taliesin" you mean the FLW Fdn, we all know that they are not the entrepreneurial type to do something as obvious as you suggest.

John Rattenbury came the closest to your suggestion about ten years ago with the Life Magazine Dream House.

A few years ago there was talk about building one of his un-built Usonians on the hill behind the restaurant at Taliesin East so that the tourists would be able to experience both the prairie and usonian styles on the tours. The powers that be could never figure out how to get it financed. Apparently they had never heard about a mortgage.