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The Smith House Restoration - The House is very sophisticated in its structural framing. Unfortunately, the radiant heating system failed in the Living Room and the thickened edge concrete slab began to heave from frost. Previous owner had also painted cypress doors and trim black (!)
West wall showing stone work at bedrooms.
The Oak Tree is alive and well!
Concrete slab removed, foundation wall excavation in progress. Roof has been shored.
The Section through the Living Room shows extremely light roof framing (2x4's) with masonry wall acting as buttress to counteract horizontal forces of rafters. The glass wall has a "horizontal beam" that ties the corners together and acts to resist the horizontal forces. New slab with radiant heat and ductwork for future AC.
New flitch plates added to support cantilever, steel cable installed to strengthen horizontal beam.
New tinted concrete slab in Living Room
Smith is a stone house through and through. Taliesin is a plaster house cradled in a stone base. Stone defines Taliesin, gives it gravitas. Stone almost overwhelms Smith. It's like comparing a cave to a bird's nest.
When dickering over which FLW house is good and which is bad, it should be kept in mind that it's like trying to decide which Beethoven sonata is the least and which the best. It's not like comparing Beethoven to Ethelbert Nevin. To evaluate the Smith House, compare it to the neighboring house peering over its roof.
Roderick's comment brought back to me a memory of the tightness of the Smith bedroom gallery space, the stone on one side and the b&b wood- not the welcome I would want in the morning.
I may have another opportunity to re-experience the space; until then I won't give the memory much credence.
Roderick, SDR directed me to the reprint of your article on Robert Beharka's work from the Taliesin Fellows Journal on John Geiger's site. Michael and I appreciated greatly. That site is rich. JGonWright.com