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John Hickman and Roy K. Varenhorst, apprentices

 
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:09 pm    Post subject: John Hickman and Roy K. Varenhorst, apprentices Reply with quote

Is anyone here familiar with this building?

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2013/11/century-ii---almost-but-maybe-not.html

According to Geiger...
Hickman was a 1946 apprentice
Varenhorst was a 1957 apprentice
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peterm



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"...the design is known as a Unisonian..."
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard that Mr Wright said to someone, once, that he wanted to use the term Unisonian but that it had already been taken, in the future. Besides, he said, it was too "busy" -- recalling to mind his other mot, ". . .seventeen lines, where fourteen are sufficient, is an obscenity" . . .

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Michael Shuck



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:41 pm    Post subject: Razing Century II Reply with quote

Century II is a lovely building. It is constantly being used. Two years ago there was a report it would be razed in order to start drilling oil wells under it because of the belief that it sits on a large oil reserve. Turns out it was the work of developers wanting to erect new buildings on its site including a large parking area.

Century II is an icon to all Kansans. There was an uproar in the community two years ago at the mention of its razing. It is doubtful any movement to destroy it will be successful. Wichita has a strong activist culture and a strong affection for its historic (by whatever definition) architecture.

Remember that Wichita is the home of the Allen-Lambe home and that the Hoult home was supposed to have been built in the Wichita area. The Hoult house was one of the first Usonian plans. FLW's other design here is the Corbin Education Center, one of the last of Wright's designs.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Mike. More photos here . . .

http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/12/3054813/what-to-do-with-century-ii.html

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ICTFrankFan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:41 am    Post subject: Century II Convention Center in Wichita Reply with quote

Hickman's Century II design was heavily influenced by works of FLW in style, textures and form; most strongly to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Hickman borrowed many details from it, including the fountains outside.
...and also note Grady Grammage Auditorium at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. There's no mistaking where the repetitive semicircular motif originated. Examples to follow on my next post.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Links to Century II influences Reply with quote

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8291/7646219804_2c019a3caf_b.jpg)(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a223/azzenstudent/PB050025.jpg)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FrankFan's photos posted with correct protocol:





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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wes Peters should get at least equal credit with FLW for Grady Gammage. In Vol. 3 #4, 1980, pp 10-16, of Tom Heinz' FLW Newsletter is an article by Stephen D. Helmer (anyone know him?) about the design and construction of Gammage, showing drawings from Bahgdad through ASU. It went through significant changes after FLW's death which make it almost as much a Peters design as the Robert Mueller House is a Marian Mahony design.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roderick Grant wrote:
Wes Peters should get at least equal credit with FLW for Grady Gammage. In Vol. 3 #4, 1980, pp 10-16, of Tom Heinz' FLW Newsletter is an article by Stephen D. Helmer (anyone know him?) about the design and construction of Gammage, showing drawings from Bahgdad through ASU. It went through significant changes after FLW's death which make it almost as much a Peters design as the Robert Mueller House is a Marian Mahony design.


Some bedtime reading....as long as you retire early!

Note: the pages appeared side by side during the preview prior to posting....excuse my unwillingness to take the time to find out what went awry.

The Newsletter often included an elevation by various people of a Wright house; Robie happened to top this page. A graphic design by architects, apprentices, or others always appeared running from the back cover across to the front cover (example by John Howe follows article). Roderick often refers to the newsletter, and during its run contained numerous in depth articles.
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note the photo on the back cover of the Newsletter... who else would find it completely natural to hoist their foot right onto the seat of the chair!
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black and blue, somewhere . . . he said.

Get your foot off that chair, Mister !

I'll make him black and blue. Why, I oughta . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linking this thread with the Heritage Auctions sale of drawings, prints and specs "collected" by Roy K. Varenhorst during his time at Taliesin in 1957-1958.

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=11807&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=135&sid=f24d2cb92a28fc935d9a5c0face6b15e
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I stopped using Photobucket and they apparently found it retaliatory to blur the images of the Newsletter which they obviously still had!
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