Wooden Usonian Gate ?

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Laurie Virr
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Post by Laurie Virr »

peterm:

Thank you for your kind words.

The fence was built at Valla Beach, New South Wales, for clients for whom I had designed a hemicycle. The radian module is supplemented by a 1200 mm on side 60/30 grid. The clients asked for something that was not the standard paling fence.

The Warren Truss came immediately to mind, as a consequence of the minor module. The supports, known here as stirrups, are galvanized steel, the piano hinge for the gate, stainless. There is no other steel in the structure: it was an exercise playing with scantlings, which were cut from Blackbutt [Eucalyptus pilularis].

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Bott gate

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Some years ago I made a copy of a Bott gate plan offered on Ebay. Nicely done and colored, but slightly different than what was constructed. It was turquoise/green with some bright red elements, had an interesting automatic opening motor, and was of steel.

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Post by SDR »

The poster may want to look beyond Wright for an appropriate fence and gate. Here are a couple of generic MCM fence designs that I think suggest what could be done -- simply.


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A gate could be made almost invisible, as a part of such a fence -- if desired.


Here's a local fire station gate pair. I'm amused by the different construction evident in the two leaves. The left-hand one is now gone, replaced by a temporary (?) unpainted plywood panel.


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And then there's my own work -- studies for a driveway gate.


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Post by Roderick Grant »

Heard from Don Hoffmann today. He says he remembers the Bott gate as metal painted turquoise, and also that Homer Williams, an architect, is the current owner.

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Post by SDR »

Our correspondent Josquin has kindly submitted detail information about the fence seen in the photo I posted above, which turns out to be a Lloyd Wright house, the F H Lubsen residence in Altadena, from 1940.


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He notes that this photo appears in Gebhard and Von Breton, "Lloyd Wright, Architect," p 80.


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Post by SDR »

Lloyd has drawn a lovely and well-crafted detail -- spoiled only by the fact that turning the batten and board upside down, as implicit in the gate design, negates the carefully-wrought weathering provision of the detail as drawn. Perhaps the maker found a way to correct that slight error ?

The trials of the architect never cease.

All for naught, now, apparently: Josquin reports that the current owner has chosen to stucco the house, on the reasoning that this will provide a lower maintenance cost "going forward" (as they say, these days . . .) !

SDR

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Lubsen House Gate

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SDR
Thank you for the assistance.

goffmachine
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Post by goffmachine »

SDR,

Your studies for the gate are very nice!
If you could come up with that for wood. I would love to see what you would come up with in iron.

All the best-Goffmachine

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Post by Craig »

Not a gate but a garage door for Lloyd's own home:

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SDR
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Post by SDR »

Wow. So easy to draw, so difficult to build ? That's a pretty impressive design -- not a garage, evidently ? Not previously published, to my knowledge -- though I don't have the Gebhard book on Lloyd.


Goff, my wooden gate designs are predicated upon an all-glued construction -- thus eliminating the need for diagonal structural members. Lots of clamping involved ! Welded steel would have the same characteristic . . .

SDR

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Roderick Grant wrote:Homer Williams, an architect, is the current owner.
That is correct. Mr. Williams was extremely gracious on our visit last year and went out of his way to accommodate our schedule.

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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

SDR, that is a garage door on Lloyd's Home & Studio, rebuilt in recent years as part of a major restoration of the entire building (which unfortunately included removal of a huge pepper tree that was tearing the garden wall apart). The garage was designed for a time when cars were small. Today it could accommodate some if the tinier autos, but anything out of Detroit in the 1950s would have stuck out about half way. The current owner drives a SUV that's on the stubby side and may fit.

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Post by SDR »

Thanks, RG. As presently hinged and latched, it seems as if this door isn't designed to open to the full width of the opening ?


SDR

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Post by Roderick Grant »

It's a bi-fold. The quarter on the left can be used as a separate door individually, but the hinges between the two other quarters indicate that it still also functions as a bi-fold. A photo on page 105 of the Lloyd Wright book showing the original door proves the new one is an exact replica of the shabby, almost unusable original.

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