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But, I suppose fireplace placement, like many other topics in design (codes for example) can take a couple of generations to phase out completely. I would love to know if Wright's fireplace designs had any influence on the established masonry fireplace codes we use today. They must have! Where would one look to find out such information? The only source I have dates back to 1957, which is a bit late to have been applied to most all of Wright's designs.
Fireplace," concerning a small fireplace in Lloyd Lewis's study that wouldn't draw---a fact that he makes light of, while claiming to have built "some three
thousand fireplaces that do draw, and a few that didn't know how at first but that do know how now." He concludes that it might require "a little fan, a kind
of policeman, up there in the chimney with a switch down nearby where Lloyd sits . . ." thus making it unique, he says, among the three thousand non-faulty ones.
Is this topic what Hendrickson meant when he mentioned that chat rooms can be "a trip through the looking glass" in "Plagued" or where he mentions later, "You can find great threads about............,as if an idea for a doctoral dissertation might erupt at any second". I'd like to think that it is the latter.
"What was he smoking" ? As for a research paper, I've certainly been guilty of suggesting topics for future academic work, a not unwholesome
proposition I hope. (I am reminded, nevertheless, of the catchphrase said to be a favorite of a friend of a friend at school: "That would make an
interesting research paper !" she was heard to say on various occasions . . .)
William Allin Storrer, John Sergeant and others have proposed categories into which Wright's floor plans could be placed---Inline, L-shaped, T-shaped,
cruciform, etc. Grand Hildebrand has described the procession into and through a number of the houses, without I believe categorizing them by
type. There must be any number of configurations of entrance, main space, its fireplace and built-in seating, view and garden access, and secondary
spaces; the coincidences I noted between Robie, Jacobs and Rosenbaum represent just one apparent repeat of a pattern.
of the chambers and flues. But the orthodox design rules---specific ratios of firebox opening to flue section, etc, seem largely to be ignored, if i'm not mistaken.
Mr. Wright's mention of a fan to induce draft in the chimney of the Lloyd Lewis house is interesting. This house was built in 1939. The industry standard today is the "Exhausto"Ã‚Â® fan, and it dates to 1957. In my limited knowledge of physics, it seems that using a fan to draft an open fireplace would pretty much nullify any useful heat energy gain. Is it possible that the "usonian" era house designs was the turning point for the fireplace's role as a heating device to one as a focal/gathering point or to merely provide a nostalgic atmosphere when actually being fired?
I remember seeing my first cantilevered wood framed and lap sided chase chimney/fireplace around 1980. I thought at the time what a crazy idea, that is a fad that will never last, people will never give up on the secure feeling of a masonry mass! I have never studied economics, but maybe I should!
This sure does feel like what Wright was doing above the "workspace"SDR wrote: A Ã¢â‚¬Å“HibukuroÃ¢â‚¬Â� (Ã§Â�Â«Ã¨Â¢â€¹) above the kitchen serves as a chimney, carrying smoke and heat away, and as a skylight, bringing light into the kitchen
Also the described sliding walls were interesting.
Curious to me that Wright never experimented with that as far as I know.
Memoirs of builders who constructed or worked on Wright buildings, from any period, would certainly be of interest. There may in fact be unpublished, or
obscure published material, out there somewhere. Did any of the known builders commit themselves to paper ? Harold Turner would be a good place to start . . .
A little section drawing of Jacobs published in Monograph 5 indicates, in a note to the middle section, the "opening windows" of the kitchen/bath clerestory. These appear in the sepia exterior view of the house, and at the very similar Hoult Usonian as well.
The Jacobs/Hoult plans combine kitchen and bath, with a shared clerestory, in a simple and straightforward manner not easily or often bettered in the entire Usonian catalog . . .?
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