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Here is the part I saw about him and Wright..
"From 1902 to 1905, Shepard was employed as a draftsman in the Oak Park studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. (In 1989, this connection to Wright could not be verified, but by 1998 Shepard was being listed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation as one of those who had been employed there.) The years with Wright would prove to be a defining moment for the young architect, as in future years he would become the foremost designer of houses in the Prairie Style in the Kansas City area. "
ALSO one of these homes was a take off of Wright's Fireproof house for $5,000? It happens to be for sale as well. But I think I would need the asking cost to make the inside restored. YIKES! What do you all think?
Here is the listing...
http://www.prukc.com/xq/aspx/mlsnum.142 ... isting.htm
Here is a page about it on The Prairie School Traveler page..
http://www.prairieschooltraveler.com/ht ... gates.html
I am just curious if anyone knows more about Shepard and this being a Wright Fireproof House..
Thanks! I took some pictures and may post them later..
Actually it made me feel a little better about my own renovation project - a house that was owned by someone who must have watched too many of those terrible do it yourself/design shows on HGTV.
Clarence Erasmus Shepard was born on 27 October 1869 in Cortland, New York. His family moved to Kansas in 1880; he moved to California in 1895 and studied architecture at UC-Berkeley. He became acquainted with California painters William Keith and James Martin Griffin. He returned to Kansas City c. 1905, established an architectural practice there, and is said to have designed more than 600 homes, including one for himself in Tudor style at 1300 Santa Fe Road. He died in Kansas City on 30 April 1949.
Clarence E. should not be confused with Charles E. Shepard, another Kansas City architect involved in partnerships with Albert C. Wiser and Ernest H. Farrar.
A housing cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin was designed by Shephard in 1929; this Wikipedia article repeats the notion that Shepard was FLW's foremost disciple in Kansas City, though it's hard to find built evidence of that.
A history of Kansas City's Hyde Park neighborhood has a drawing of Clarence Shepard's house at 3707 Harrison Blvd., as well as some images of the other Shepard's work.
I've always admired his houses though, for the way they truly rethink the concept of home. They are non-formulaic; they are design for that client and no one else. The houses are based, right down to their basic spacial organization, to the client's specific needs, wants, and lifestyle. I believe they are often so strongly disliked (and hard to sell) because they are so "tailor made".
I am also inspired by the ingenuity with which Goff used materials. His use of glass cullet as a masonry unit, or is adaptation of Quonset Hut framing in the Ford house being most notable.
I have to say his stuff IS different, and some of it not so attractive, but that is why I do like it. He wasn't afraid to do something different.
Here is a link to the Goff homes I have visited..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypnoraygu ... 765144125/
http://www.designaddict.com/design_addi ... l-projects
I like that 'desert animal'. . .