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...but, Wright did encourage homeowners to do some of their own work. Did Wright ever make a post construction visit to Baird to witness the masonry? Is it really as bad as I think it is? Being there in person always has a different feel than the pictures might depict.
Are there any other famous homeowner do-it-yourself fails that come to mind?
The vernacular brickwork emphasizes the rusticity and downplays Wright's modernist rigor.
I'm pretty sure it was one of the Galesburg Houses, and if I had to stick my neck out and make a choice, I'd say that it may have been the Pratt Residence. Can anyone back this story up, or add some additional insights?
We were told by the current occupant that the large mortar size was an on-site decision made by Cary Caraway, one of the overseeing apprentices (the other being Edgar Tafel).
Storrer's "Companion" says, "Caraway suggested the very thick application of mortar between brick courses to align mortar with the recessed batten of the wood walls; the mortar is not raked, but filled to the brick surface".
Photographs seem to possibly over-emphasize the wide mortar issue. While it certainly is striking to see the mortar in person, for me it lost a lot of it's visual power rather quickly as I focused on richness and beauty of the home's architecture.
Also, the wood - for the most part - is in very good shape. There are areas of water damage that need restoration, though.
I like the wood Board and Batten divider screen in the Dining area.
I was putting it as what IF Baird were to have a perf. I guess this was before perfs were designed for Usonians.
Preliminary perspective and section drawings (12/36) of Hanna show a simple single shape perf repeated in the tower clerestory and Wright's calligraphic hand: "perforated boards".
Plan and section sheet (9/1/39) for Armstrong have notations for vertical flush (presumably) perforated boards.
Another Lansing house, the Hause Project included perfs in the "classical" style of the other unbuilt houses (except Panshin).
The first Brauner scheme had perforated boards (8/5/39).
The Carlson Project, Below Zero House, had perforated boards ; called "ventilating boards".
The L. N. Bell Project.
The Nesbitt Project included extensive perforated boards in stacked continuous running pattern.
I also believe the Edgar F. Mauer Project had perfs.
I'll check my files and see if I have missed any others.