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The "traveling usonian automatic home" final resting location as Susan seemed to suggest is at Taliesin West. It is possible it's in pieces or even possibly now destroyed, however as I'm not sure where at Taliesin there would be enough room in any building to store it.
I as well as many others writing here saw the home when it was here in Chicago in 1985. I have 2 brochures from the show which show the same view drawn on cover fold-out as the photo showing living room on left and bedroom wing to right.
I also was very excited about the plan as it showed what Wright drew with color as perspective for the similar block /open block cap wall on patio for a usonian home and the plan similar to other usonian automatic plans but I really liked the layout of library area with dining next to kitchen. I think a small balcony above that area could also be done for an office type area/library which could have a small staircase access to it from the far left side end wall without taking away from the plan or possibly behind or between the long fireplace wall access to steps from living room and open thru kitchen up to small balcony with block wall only 3 courses or so high with overhang trellis of same open block concrete blocks for a light shelf. Could also put plants into some of the open blocks onto the overhang/light shelf.
That exhibit plan /built version however really intrigued me beyond what I thought it really would. I think the detail being so little yet ususual on the blocks not unlike Turkel home & others really works well. The small block wall with open glass shelves/glass panel between the sets of patio doors also has always been a personal favorite of mine. It adds alot of mystic to the homes especially at night & also by day with sunlight thru colored glass held on the glass shelves held between the glass backed open concrete block stacks. Gets my juices flowing as it is so different from what most homes look like and feel like in day & at night.
Daniel Dominique Watts
Do we have a plan of the exhibit house ? Is it identical to any of the extant Automatics, or even ones like the unbuilt Gerald Sussman design ?
The lack of a stairway to the loft demonstrates how quickly some preliminary designs were tossed out I didn't notice or question the absence until I visited the model ... and I'll bet I'm just about the only person who climbed the rope ladder to see the view. After experiencing the openness of the living room, it proved to be an incredibly intimate space.Daniel Dominique Watts wrote:
" ... I think (the) small balcony above the (Sussman dining) area could also be done for an office type area/library, which could have a small staircase access ... from the far left side end wall without taking away from the plan, or, possibly from behind or between the long fireplace wall (with) access ... from the living room ... . Daniel Dominique Watts email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I don't see indication of a stair to the balcony . . .
http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%2 ... #Floorplan
The Taschen III entry for Mel Blumberg states that only a blank plan outline exists for this house -- so The Wright Library scores a coup. Perhaps the plan
and view drawings went to the Blumbergs and were not retrieved by Taliesin ?
The plan shows a half-story level change between the two square plan elements; we don't have elevation drawings and the view pretty effectively
hides this aspect of the design. I would assume that one half-flight goes up while the other goes down -- to a second bedroom level ? Does the relevant
Monograph contain this commission ?
This page shows yet another unbuilt Automatic with a square plan:
The other Automatics were designed for the Fallingwater property as guest houses.
The Sussman drawing in Mono 8/201 is rough. If there was to be a balcony overlooking the living room, a stair would have been worked into the plan, but the scheme had obviously not been developed that far when the commission was terminated. The ITROI model was too literal. In addition to that error, alterations for the model were made to accommodate sponsers' utilities, like the bathroom fixtures by Kohler.
enough that a person could stand on that surface ?
Question answered: The ceiling rises four units over the dining/loft area:
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