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I wonder if the cottage was supervised by Taliesin.
The elevations indicate desert masonry around the chimney stack and kitchen volume, but some sort of masonry below the windows. That doesn't seem to have been done either.
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Then there's the jarring presence of an entirely different sort of stone masonry, in a bedroom. And, how does the owner clean the raw stone (?) in the shower ?
Most puzzling of all is the fact that an architect who has devoted his career to the promotion of Wright's work should have permitted such defects in this post-Wright realization . . .
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What was the problem with that pool..? Jester house is one of his best unrealized projects. Every room was like an independent capsule working at the same time in an unique and integrated scheme, a true organic architecture. Without the pool, Jester is not Jester.Roderick Grant wrote: ↑Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:36 pmThere is a difference between quibbling over minor details (especially those made while FLW was still living) and accepting wholesale alterations that change the entire nature of the thing. It is not just the "site" of Jester that was changed, but the "environment." Jester started as the Pense Project in Hawaii, an environment similar to Southern California where Jester was to be built. It was not intended for the desert. It doesn't relate to the nature of the desert. Buildings in the desert that don't blend with the surrounding (the talus and dotted line, as FLW saw it) stand out like sore thumbs; there isn't the same type of verdure to soften the imposition of structure onto nature. Every time FLW reinterpreted that particular design, it was specific to the nature of the environment. One of the reasons Jester was not built is that the client could not get permission to construct the swimming pool FLW designed; that particular pool was much more integral to the overall design than virtually any other pool Wright designed. Jester is practically a pool house. However, Pfeiffer not building the pool is understandable, though regrettable. Adding the pools to Glore and Cooke would greatly enhance both structures, and it is not too late to do so.
What is troubling about Pfeiffer is the altered scale (more than a 4" adjustment to the ceiling height) and the heavy-handed use of materials. If Bruce had asked Mr. Wright for an original design, he would have got something entirely different ... and undoubtedly better.
As to the "hick" vs "sophisticate" quality of construction of FLW houses, I think you're on shaky ground. Hagan is about as hick as they get, but it was the hick contractor who discerned Davy Davidson's error in the plans, corrected it and produced one of FLW's best built houses.
Every drop of paint Vermeer applied to his canvas was under his control, and if there are any bloopers, they're his fault. The same cannot be said for achitecture, ungainly works of art left out in the rain. Too many people are involved in the creation. Everything FLW got built had changes major and minor; the minor changes are often negligible, but major changes can ruin the whole opus. I believe that's what happened with Pfeiffer.
We have to take Wright as we find him. The plan shape of the Chahroudi terrace is a quirk that makes the house particularly Wrightian, to me. And that shape is found in more than one perf design---oddly. I still don't know what it refers to, or where it comes from . . .
The terrace could be said to present "a cantilever off a cantilever." An earlier example would be Fallingwater.