Goetsch-Winckler Usonian house

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Tom
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Re: Goetsch-Winckler Usonian house

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Realized this about GW only recently.
The concept of the house is tied closely to the site in the following way..
The downhill slope is screened by the house on approach as the slab is significantly elevated.
(It could have been built further back on flatter ground - although reducing front yard.)
The occupant enters the house and directly ahead are the tall living room windows that from the entry point would frame the tops or middle of trees. As one approaches the windows you gain the sense of being elevated.
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Re: Goetsch-Winckler Usonian house

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Yes. And, although it may be invisible to all but the photographer, could this view have had something to do with the placement of the house ?

Again and again, when presented with a site that includes a drop of that sort, Mr Wright perches the house where it will present, in both drawing and photograph, the most dramatic effect---never mind the extra expense in groundwork and masonry units ! The list of Usonians---and other houses, going all the way back to Hardy---which include this feature is quite long.

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Long after becoming aware of Goetsch-Winckler and gaining an initial understanding of the house, I could not keep straight in my mind that the house is built on single planar slab. In a response to the site condition, it must have seemed clear that the floor level of the living room and its nook would be at least a riser, if not two or three, down from the entry and the implied passage connecting the workspace with the bedroom gallery.

Naturally, this (mis)conception of the house took no account of the placement of the dining table . . .!

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And this shot shows the "lanai" elevated too.
How long have I seen shots of that outdoor space and assumed it was built on flat terra firma?
...decades long.

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Re: Goetsch-Winckler Usonian house

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Considering the topography of the lot, FLW's choice would have been the only one acceptable to him. To the NW, there is not a lot of space between Hulett Road and a water feature that appears on the plot plan for the proposed development, shown in Sergeant, page 78, so the house is placed exactly halfway between... though there is no indication that such a waterway has survived. There was plenty of space toward the NE, but it is all flat and was intended to be cultivated, so would not be able to take advantage of the view of the stream. The edge of the drop is the only place with any sort of view. It also is oriented toward the SW, a favored situation for FLW.

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