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1909; University Heights, Darby, Montana -- demolished 1930-1945
Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer's introduction to the project, in Taschen I.
We've seen the illustration of Como cabin type 1, from the Wasmuth portfolio:
Â© 1983 by Dover Publications, Inc.
Here's a different -- perhaps earlier ? -- version of the drawing:
and another view:
These two illustrations -- clearly a pair, though I show them at different scales -- are perhaps Mahony's, meaning that the Wasmuth view is a modification by Wright and company, made in Fiesole ?
Wright has added a note to the first of this pair:
I can't decipher that. Anyone ?
The cabin types are defined on this busy sheet:
which is broken into four, in these images:
all images Â© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Study of the cabin drawings reveals that the Mahony/Wright illustrations show a double version of the Cabin-Type One design. The architect draws a stubby asymmetrical cabin, and then by mirroring it to itself achieves the desired proportions. Note the back-to-back fireplaces. Compare to a double-wide house trailer, at a similar scale ?
http://www.steinerag.com/flw/Artifact%2 ... 4cot82.htm
https://www.jstor.org/stable/989803?seq ... b_contents
The cabins are wonderfully severe in their minimalism, an idealism sometimes at odds with reality. Sash are hinged directly to the 4x4 studs, the hinges let into them with mortises. This sort of construction calls for straight and untwisted lumber, a luxury which the budget might well not allow -- though it could be that the architect believed 4x4s would be more likely to be true than 2xs. On the other hand, those can be forced straight when necessary unlike the stouter 4x4s.
One of Wright's first notes concerns the height of the cabins above the terrain: "Note that each group of cabins has a common floor joist height as indicated on the plot plan." So, he wishes to see flotillas of two or three or four cabins maintaining an extended floor plane between them. He directs that the studs be cut only after a string has been stretched "about outline of cabin at the level of tops of joists . . ."
These studs are set on flat stones placed "about even with surface of ground." This isn't the Japanese practice, I believe; they know that water is less likely to wick up the lumber if the top of the stone is a bit above grade ? But the simplicity of the scheme is admirable nevertheless.
I believe it is difficult to overestimate the importance of Wright's mitered corners to the success of his aesthetic. They are an integral part of the "formula" or recipe which defines the work. They are as vital to the appearance of an outhouse as to that of a mansion -- if anything, more so, because of the scale of the detail against the scale of the whole.
publication; Taschen presents only the view drawing (big and beautiful) and the first-floor plan. Pfeiffer claims a bathroom and five bedrooms on the (missing) second floor; I don't
see indication of the bath, though I suppose it could be the room without beds (duh) which, oddly, contains the same sort of basin-in-a-niche that the bedrooms have . . .