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"The use of radiant heat,
which was regarded as progressive when
used at Fallingwater, â€œis probably some-
thing Wright picked up from Walter J.
Hall,â€� says Toker. And Hall, who had used a
40-foot reinforced concrete beam that pro-
vided the spine for Lynn Hall, appears to
have drawn on that experience in his con-
struction at Fallingwater."
If so (to the last point), maybe Hall's estate should have been billed for the reconstruction work carried out recently ?
The bit about the hearth boulder is garbled -- by Hall and by the author ? -- as well.
Nevertheless, Hall's own house is not the work of an amateur designer, in my estimation. Perhaps both Wright and Hall had more going as designers than as builders ?
That said, from the photos I have seen of this structure (which is quite interesting I might add), I see more of Graycliff in this building than I do of Fallingwater, although there are very slight hints to me of FW. But because Graycliff was a forerunner of FW in my mind, it is easy to understand why some FW ques might show up in this structure.
As we know, Graycliff was executed in the late 1920's, not too far from this PA property, and before Fallingwater. There was some reference made in this story that the builder of this unique property visited or at the very least had awareness of Wright's work in the Buffalo area.
Based on the above, I would suggest that this PA work was not the forerunner of Fallingwater, but was in fact itself inspired by Graycliff. And since Graycliff laid the groundwork for FLW to eventually create Fallingwater, it is understandable how the claims that this other PA structure might have been the genesis for Fallingwater have arisen, false or not. I believe false, but I'll let others chime in and decide for themselves.
For photos, I suggest that you visit the Graycliff website.
As far as the Fallingwater attributions go, it has been suggested that Graycliff was a transitional building for FLW between the Prairie style of 1893-1916 and his ultimate response to the modern movement in Europe, which culminated with Fallingwater in 1936-38.
It appears to me a throwback -- all the way to the late-nineteenth-century British craft architects ? -- rather than a bridge to Usonia (or Fallingwater, if you will). Date and physical proximity do not a lineage make. . .
As for the Hall opus, that seems to advance upon Graycliff in terms of form and detail both. It is definitely more Modern -- if not Moderne, or Organic -- to my eye.
Here's a question: Does Fallingwater have "gravity heat" (i.e., pipes in the floors) ?
Is this quote documented somewhere to show that it explicitly refers to Graycliff? I had always heard that it referred to the first building his aunts used for a school in Spring Green (a non-Wrightian design) or to a building directly across the street from that school building.Roderick Grant wrote:It was about Graycliff that FLW said, "A doctor can bury his mistakes. All an architect can do is plant ivy."
Stephen:SDR wrote:David, could you perhaps transmit a PDF copy at smaller size -- say a width of 1200 ?SDR
You can always go to the top toolbar on the PDF page and shrink the size of the page. For example, the file in question loads at 153% on my screen. Going to the toolbar and dropping it to 100% (or less) seems to make it much more manageable.