Interior perspective drawings of Usonians?

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Interior perspective drawings of Usonians?

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After looking at the lovely Niedecken illustrations of the interior of Robie, it occurred to me that I couldn't remember seeing any Usonian house interior perspective drawings.

There certainly must be some?

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Post by Macrodex »

Iirc, the Hoult project has an interior rendering -- as do Coop Homestead and Suntop. Though, they're more like cutting through the exterior wall to see in than being inside the building and looking out.

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Post by peterm »

Thanks! Here's a start (courtesy of SDR's previous posts...):

Suntop (note the Tinkertoy structure on the floor :wink:)
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Hoult:
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Also Blackbourn/Schwartz.

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Post by SDR »

Listed in Taschen as LIFE House for Albert R Blackbourn:

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The rare birds-eye axonometric section drawing.



The Cooperative Homesteads project, shown in An American Architecture:

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The ubiquitous hassock, here with unique sled feet rather than solid or cross-shaped base. Don't ask what that thing is on the bench outside . . .

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Post by peterm »

Thank you! Please keep them coming if you find more of them.

These drawings are invaluable for showing that unique combination of minimalism and relaxed comfort that one sees occasionally, especially in photographs of his own house(s).

That "thing" outside? Isn't it his answer to a chaise lounge? A blanket or towel draped down from the bench with a pillow for the head. So comfortable to look at, but probably impossible for anything other than a photo op...

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Post by SDR »

So far we see only one drawing that isn't a cutaway with some exterior elements showing. Perhaps the studio felt that this helped to convey the desired inside-outside nature of Wright's designs . . . ? (My word brain isn't fully connected today.)

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Post by peterm »

Of course, in addition, it also increases the apparent size of the space and allows for more interior details to be shown...

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Post by Macrodex »

Interior perspectives -- especially of Usonians -- seems to be quite rare. I can't find anymore in Taschen -- or, at least, from what I've scanned from it.

Here's an interior perspective from the Allen house, in the mean time.

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Post by SDR »

Yes, there are more than a couple of Prairie-period interior perspectives. Dana is a well-known one (or more ?); here's a colorful view of the
C Thaxter Shaw remodel project (Montreal, 1906):

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Post by Wrighter »

. . . and interestingly many of these interiors posted here are for projects with potential for multiple units: cloverleaf, life dream house, coop homesteads.

Wasn't there an interior perspective of the Arthur Miller/Monroe proposal?

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Post by SDR »

Yes, indeedy:


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From 1952, the Raul Bailleres project, Acapulco:

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From 1940, the John Nesbitt project:

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From the early period, this luscious drawing of Susan Dana:

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Post by Macrodex »

Speaking of Nesbitt, I forgot I had this.

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Remodel of Nesbitt using concrete blocks.

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Davidson Farm Units - Long Island 1932

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An interior perspective was drawn for the Long Island Farm Coop nicknamed 'Mary' in 1932 for Walter V. Davidson. It is an interior view looking out a folding window wall rather than a cut away.

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Post by SDR »

Thanks. I haven't found a copy of that one . . .


Actually, Sijistan is a remodeling of Ennis, drawn for Mr Nesbitt after he declined to build the house in Carmel. Here's a second drawing . . .

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Not many will have seen these office spaces for the Lenkurt Electric project of 1955:

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The Johnson Wax chairs have been revived, with slightly sloping backs.



Here are the Heritage-Henredon drawings of the same year:

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Curtis Besinger, Working with Mr Wright -- What It Was Like, pp 280-81:

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