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Austin (South Carolina)
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Am I missing any desert masonry designs?
random ashlar, a conventional (indeed, timeless) assemblage of stone blocks. Desert rubblestone, like traditional masonry, is a load-bearing material. I can't
think of an instance where Wright used it as a veneer.
I can't find a good photo of Hagan, but the first two examples from Taliesin, below, are similar.
Taliesin West -- Edmund Teske photo
veneer, the former at Price Jr (for instance) and the latter at Hagan -- and now Walker. See the new WALKER PHOTOS posted by our Spanish
compatriot, guanche. The final photo(s) show the foundation and terrace walls clearly; the thickness of the veneer is revealed at each corner of
the faceted structure.
scroll down on this page:
http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... r&start=30
underside of the lacy wood eaves. The texture of the stone-work is especially rough and "tweedy" in this case.
Whenever I go to look for that photo, it hides. I'm unable to say where it was published. . .
BBuck, I'd love to see some photos of Hagan. I'll try to post some photos of the stonework on the Shavin house as well.
SDR, do you have any photos of the Austin house (Broad Margin) in South Carolina? I find it unusual that desert masonry was used on a design in the South.
why Education Professor identifies the Oboler masonry as veneer, in the photo above ?
I'll look for the Austin residence.
Is there anything inherent in rubblestone masonry that would wed it to the desert ? Do we call it "desert rubblestone" only because it was used first at
Taliesin West ? Does it seem out of place in the Oboler photo ?
W A Storrer mentions that the tri-level deck was added in the 'eighties by architect owner Roy Palmer, "using two masons and two carpenters who
had worked on the original construction three decades earlier." Note the handsome pivotal rubblestone planter pier, and the refreshing lack of
railings. (Continuous built-in seating might be a useful compromise solution, if safety became an issue ?)
Storrer gives this description of the material, in the listing for this house.
"Desert masonry, more specifically called desert rubblestone wall construction, was used in this house. Stones are dropped between
plywood retaining walls [i.e., formwork], their surfaces having been covered with newspaper before the cement is poured. After the concrete
is cured, the plywood is removed, the paper pulled off the stone, and the surface scrubbed with a mild acid cleaning agent like vinegar. In this
instance, mica-flecked stones were split in two, to gain maximum color in the exposed stone surfaces."