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Macrodex
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Ruth Keith House

Post by Macrodex »

So, according to the Legacy record, someone built this house in 2004 [Wayne McBroom cottage]. Does anyone have any pictures of the house? The only link I could find is long dead.

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krietzerjak
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Post by krietzerjak »

It takes a while to load up, but there is one exterior picture and two interior views here:
http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/wright.htm

They are in chronological order, so it is near the bottom.

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Macrodex
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Post by Macrodex »

Been a while since I've been to that site.

Interesting that other projects I was unaware of had been built.

DRN
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Post by DRN »

For those who access Facebook (I don't), this Facebook page has multiple pictures of the cottage Mr. McBroom built in 2004 based on the Ruth Keith Cottage.

https://www.facebook.com/wayne.mcbroom

Maybe someone will copy some pics of the cottage here for posterity.

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Post by SREcklund »

DRN wrote:For those who access Facebook (I don't) ...
You should - we have a very active Wright group over there.

In the meantime, that house looks like a museum dedicated to Mr. Wright - what's the consensus on how closely it follows the Keith plan?
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DRN
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Post by DRN »

If I recall correctly, with the exception of mirroring the plan, the McBroom cottage design is pretty much as it was with Keith, with no apparent form, material, or detail substitutions. As a contrast, the Newman 1939/Berno 2002 house had significant changes from the original:

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/0 ... ede16.html

Newman was to have a flat roof, brick, and board and batten a'la Goetsch- Winckler; as built for Berno, sloped roofs, CMU, lapped siding, and interior drywall were substituted.

DRN
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Re: Ruth Keith House

Post by DRN »

A 2001 article in Forbes about the TAA Legacy version of the Ruth Keith Cottage built for Wayne McBroom:
https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2001/0219 ... b2b03d5265

SDR
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Re: Ruth Keith House

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The Forbes piece mentions the Farm Unit and Guest House for Lloyd Lewis, and here is the latter, as redesigned for Lewis a decade or so after the original construction. Apparently the slightly corbeled board walls were enough to put the guy off---but at last we have the mini-Usonian par excellence ?

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SDR
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Re: Ruth Keith House

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The elevation shows twin doors made of boards matching the "corbeled" planking beneath the windows. So, the doors would have to be made to swing properly despite leaning outward. Hmm. Maybe I would have balked at that, myself . . .

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Tom
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Re: Ruth Keith House

Post by Tom »

Nice catch regarding those doors.
At first, looking at your posted section through the carport: I thought those south facing walls might be vertical.
But looking closer you can see that the 2x4 stud shows the "corbeled" wall ghosted in behind it.
The window, in the drawing, passes behind the stud too.
Gheeze - how would it be possible to make that door swing?

But going back to that carport 2x4.
Extra support for carport.
Something like the support columns at Jacobs.

Roderick Grant
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Re: Ruth Keith House

Post by Roderick Grant »

Same detailing as Pew, which apparently works.

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Re: Ruth Keith House

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Well
We need to check that out!

SDR
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Re: Ruth Keith House

Post by SDR »

Does Pew contain a door "cut from" a corbeled wall ? We see this in a Usonian from time to time---but with plumb walls.

The (glazed) doors at Auldbrass probably represent this condition at its Wrightian extreme.

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Re: Ruth Keith House

Post by Roderick Grant »

Auldbrass doors are standard construction tipped slightly inward, doors and frames alike, so that when opened outward, they have to be hooked in place to keep from slamming shut.

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