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in letter "D119E09" says that the
Foundation is prepared "to proceed
with working drawings". A statement
is included for the "preliminary sketches". The Getty does not distribute drawings,you can only get copies from Taliesin.
Working drawings exist ... but completed after Mr. Wright's death under the supervision of Wes Peters. At one point during the 70's the family began serious inquiries about building the house. One night, while I was working late in the office, Mrs. Donahoe walked through the door, carrying a thick roll of the working drawings. She had an appointment to see Wes about the project, so i called him.SDR wrote:Can we assume that the project went no further than the perspective renderings -- that there are no working drawings for these houses ?
While we waited for Wes to appear, I asked Mrs. Donahoe if I might see the drawings, and without further ado she excitedly unrolled them on the office floor carpet ... and, yes, the working drawings were far more elaborate than the presentation drawings, and Mrs. Donahoe's enthusiasm about the house was readily apparent.
Later, however, the powers that be in the community of Paradise Valley arranged a public hearing about the project, after some opposition to the project developed. Without telling anyone else, I went to that hearing. One man spoke scathingly about the project. Evidently he lived in a house just below the hill ... and he said he was deeply concerned about trucks climbing up the several sharp curves on that steep road, losing their 'footing' and falling on his house. A member of the Donahoe family was at the meeting, and to waylay the man's concerns, but unprepared with an educated response, he suggested that an inclined rail-line might be constructed up the side of the mountain to transport construction materials .... !
Several months later, the complaining man from that hearing walked into the office at Taliesin West, saying he had an appointment with Mrs. Wright. After the fellow was taken to see Mrs. Wright, I told her secretary about the man's opposition to the Triptych. As it happened, the fellow's only purpose in seeing Mrs. Wright had to do with his interest in Gurdjieff's philosophy ... but after he left, and after Minerva informed Mrs. Wright about his opposition to the Triptych ... I was blamed for not having informed her of his opposition to the project. Mrs. Wright said had she known, the fellow would have been called on the carpet.
Thus, some might say I was at least partially responsible for the fact that the Triptych was never constructed.
Wiki, and got a brief bit about a house he built in 1910 at 302 South 7th Street, Ponca City, OK, designed in the craftsman style by Solomon Layton,
still intact, on the National Register. Ponca City is the original location of Conoco Oil, so I guess we can assume where Mrs. got her money.
E. W. Marland built the Ponca City refinery in 1918 and founded the Marland Oil Company. In 1929, the Continental Oil Company merged with Marland,
and the two became Conoco Inc. The Conoco headquarters were in Ponca City until 1949, when they moved to Houston, Texas. In 2002, Conoco Inc.
and Phillips Petroleum Company, whose headquarters were in nearby Bartlesville, Oklahoma, merged into ConocoPhillips. In 2012, ConocoPhillips
split into two separate companies, with the upstream portion retaining the ConocoPhillips name and the refining and transportation portions taking the
name Phillips 66. The Ponca City Refinery, operated by Phillips 66, is the largest refinery in Oklahoma.
The Ponca City Refinery processes a mixture of light, medium, and heavy crude oils. Most of the crude oil processed is received by pipeline from
Oklahoma, Texas, and Canada. Infrastructure improvements have enabled the delivery of increased volumes of locally produced advantaged crude oil
by pipeline and truck. The refinery is a high-conversion facility that produces a full range of products, including gasoline, diesel, aviation fuels, liquefied
petroleum gas, and anode-grade petroleum coke. Its facilities include two fluid catalytic cracking units, alkylation, delayed coking, naphtha reforming,
and hydrodesulfurization units. Finished petroleum products are shipped by truck, railcar, and pipelines to markets throughout the Midcontinent region.