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Macrodex
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Unbuilt Wright Plan

Post by Macrodex »

Ok, THIS TIME, this is a plan that truly isn't documented in Taschen. It's for the Alpaugh's -- I'm assuming the same client. There's a tiny elevation to the right with some weird shapes above. Odd roof...

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Macrodex,
Curious minds want to know...

What's the story behind this drawing? How did you come by it? Is it in the original Monographs?
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

Macrodex
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Post by Macrodex »

I don't know the story behind it; and I can't recall where I got it -- best guess would be an auction site.

I don't have the Monographs, so I can't speculate.

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Post by SDR »

No drawings like this one appear in Taschen under the Alpaugh listing; I don't have the relevant Monograph.

Macrodex, will you remind us whether you have previously presented a similar sheet for our perusal -- or was a similar drawing presented here by another reader ? I recall the plan, but not the typical Usoninan wall section at upper left.

The small chair elevations are reminiscent of other Wright chairs, I believe -- I'll look for them. As to the building plan and elevation, I really don't know what we're seeing, here . . .

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Post by SDR »

Well, I can't blame anyone else; I posted a drawing set including this sheet, a couple of years ago. See page one:

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=4879

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Post by Macrodex »

It could be the greenhouse addt. to the original plan.

Otherwise, speculation could be it's a guest-house.

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Post by SDR »

c. 1947 -- or later ? Storrer says the materials are Chicago common brick and "seasoned ash and oak" for the "sunk-batten construction." I don't recall many if any of these walls being made of those superior materials, in other Usonians . . .

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Neither the plan nor elevation strike me as the work of FLW. I'm inclined to believe it was done by an apprentice in FLW's name, possibly for an additional structure added during a late stage. No space for it is included in the blueprint of the lot (image 1).

Note that it is a 30/60 grid, whereas the rest of the place is confined to a square grid with 45 degree offshoots. FLW would not have done that. It would have been dissonant.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

In the Monos, Alpaugh has one page, 102, in book 7: One photo, four elevations and the plan that's in Taschen. No mention is made of the structure illustrated.

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Post by SDR »

Good work. Roderick, do you see anything in the other drawings of the Alpaugh set which isn't consistent with the built project ? I ask because the display lettering on the subject drawing is distinctive and is consistent with the remaining sheets, in that particular. (The drafter could possibly be identified by the lettering . . .) I agree that the plan and elevation are not likely to be Wright's work.

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