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Pomegranate's "Usonian Houses" Carla Lind
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:00 pm
Yesterday found for $3 the palm size book "Usonian Houses" by Carla Lind.
Published by Pomegranate Books -San Francisco.
I'm sure many here have seen this series.
Some may have this book.
Page 12 is a interior shot of a room with a lit lamp in the corner.
The opposite page seems to identify the room as the Goetsch-Winkler house but it's ambiguous.
What interests me here is the book shelf in this shot: it's recessed into the wall.
The spines of the books are flush with the wall surface.
I don't remember ever seeing this detail in a Wright house.
...and I can't understand where in Goetsch-Winkler it would be in any case.
It might be in the first bedroom backing into the closet ...?
Anyone have a clue?
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:49 pm
I have the whole set on a shelf in my master bath ... you know, just in case ... I'll take a look at it tonight and see what I can see ...
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:41 pm
That is in the first bedroom and the door that is in the picture
opens to the lanai.
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:30 pm
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:11 pm
Bonus image: Early plan and view, from Monograph 6, Plate 328 (p 223). Shown here at more than double the published size.
Â© 1986 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
This sheet is also published as Plate 8 in "Affordable Dreams" (Susan J Bandes, ed.), the source for the notes and plans above; here are the notes for the sheet:
Â© 1991 by the Board of Trustees, Michigan State University
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:12 pm
Tom: Why don't you ask Audrey, the G-W house's current owner?
Here is her thread with a link to her Facebook page:
http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewt ... h+winckler
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:41 pm
Forgot about Audrey.
Isn;t this an unusual detail for Wright?
Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:00 pm
I think it is; I can't recall seeing it elsewhere in his work -- of an period.
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:01 am
In the last paragraph of the notes to Plate 8, above, I believe the author misses the significance of the top-most roof and clerestory; these relate to the bathroom, not to the gallery, which appears to have its own full-height windows.
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:13 am
Pomegranate lost its FLW FDN license a few years ago. These books are out-of-print along with all of the other FLW products that they made for many years.
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:34 am
Audrey says yes this is her house. She posted a recent shot.
Don't know what I'm doing technically, but this links to a download of the photograph:
https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy ... e=58A97F2A
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:37 am
Aha. So, the question is, is that shelf original to the construction of the house, or an intervention by a later owner. I'm guessing it's original.
We'd need to see interior elevation drawings . . .
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:46 am
Here is what Audrey wrote back to me on her Facebook page which does not appear to be posted publicly, at least not yet:
"Yes, there is a recessed shelf on the entrance side of the room.
The colorful item in the photo is actually in one of the Gallery (hallway) storage shelves, and visible through a cutout someone made in the wall,
probably to run wires for media.
The cutout does not appear to be original."
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:23 pm
On the plan posted above labeled 'plate 28' there looks to be a desk or chest of drawers on the hallway side to where the bookshelf is.
Then next to that is a full closet.
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:36 pm
Check the head banner shot of the G/W House in
At the far right of the house second tall glass from the right it looks like natural light is descending from above through the roof.
At first I thought it was striking an interior brick wall but that's not correct.
What's going on?