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Post by SDR »

Well -- you be the judge. The "side entrance" is available both inside and out. This plan,
and so many others, demonstrate Wright getting what he wanted, within an attractive
envelope (assuming some forgiveness in the nether quarters). A very clever planner !

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Stockman plan © W A Storrer

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Post by outside in »

Peter, the house looks perfect - I believe you are the model "curator" of your building - you're setting a fine example for others to follow. congratulations.

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Post by Wrighter »

Yes, I'll add my voice to the chorus. Congrats Peter--you were the perfect steward for Lamberson--the building is lucky to have found you.

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Post by peterm »

Thanks guys! There's still more to be done. (But maybe that's just the case with any house?...) Next spring the chimney and roof problems will be addressed.

And thanks, again, John, for helping out with the structural, foundation and flashing issues. We wouldn't have known how to get started...

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There's a photo (# T 33) which shows the new terrace steps floating partially unsupported. Was concrete added beneath -- or are they structurally sound as is ?

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Post by peterm »

There was a miscalculation made on the lowest step, resulting in the slab being too narrow. A steel angle was attached to the slab which supports the brick.

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Post by DavidC »

Peter:

Thanks for allowing us to see the 'work-in-prgress'. You and all in involved are to be commended for taking the time and effort to do a true 'craftsman's-style job' on all of this. Congratulations - everthing truly looks fantastic!

And I really like the new 'half-wall' for the service entrance area. Perhaps next time you or someone who is there you could take a picture of that area from further away to help show it in overall 'Lamberson-context'?


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Post by SDR »

I was hoping for this shot as well. Here are two views, in different lighting, of the house in its new form . . .


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The new wall is parallel in space to the left-hand portion of the central masonry mass. It's a great addition to the composition, don't you think ?

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Post by peterm »

Next time I'm there, I'll take a midrange photo.

It's a subtle change from what was built, but does eliminate the double entrance dilema:
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Thanks for posting, SDR.
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Post by DRN »

I'm with SDR...
Subtle as the new carport wall is, I think it lends an important layer to the composition that unifies it. The "before" appearance of the composition seems divided at the carport due to the receding utility core wall and deep shadow. The new wall adds a mediating layer that, at least to my eye, visually knits the wings of the house together when the house is viewed in bright sunlight/deep shadow.

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Post by SDR »

And, its height mediates between the sill/terrace wall height, and that of the roof and the superstructure. The space above the new wall echoes the height of the nearest window sill . . . in the negative. Very satisfying.

Something really seems to be missing, now, in the earlier shots !

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Post by DRN »

I was perusing the Taschen Vol.3 last evening and found the Lamberson house entry. The floor plan presented appears to be an iteration of the document that includes the recently built carport wall, but before the new terrace stair was added. I was more interested by what appear to be pencil markings at the fireplace...despite the use of reading glasses PLUS a magnifying glass, I couldn't quite make out the notes before pixilation set in.
Peter: Do the plans in your files include additional notes, marks, or any suggested revisions at the fireplace? I am preparing to repair the fireplace chimney, damper, and hearth prior to the new roofing being installed next summer...better to have masons clambering on old shingles rather than new roofing....it would be good to know what may have been noted on a similarly tall fireplace, possibly after original construction began.

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Post by SDR »

Image Lamberson


Image Sweeton

Image Sweeton

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Post by DRN »

Another question....the rear wall of the firebox at Sweeton is not canted inward as shown on the drawings, rather the firebrick is plumb, presumably to avoid detailing a closure at the return end elevation. Does Lamberson have a plumb or canted rear wall in its firebox?

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Post by peterm »

Answering your most recent question first: the firebrick wall is plumb, not canted...

And to your previous question... What I can read from the drawing as shown in the Taschen volume is this: fireplace brick hood above... pier, corner, pier, brick hearth, see sheet 4 (illegible)

There are several other drawings (earlier and later) with different details shown.

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