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plan and second text by William Allin Storrer
photo by Thomas A Heinz
Also, the carport location is strangely inconvenient to the kitchen/living/dining area as well as the uncovered entry door. I must be missing something or this drawing is incomplete (?)
If it helps any, of the two Taliesin plans, one of them does show a multi-compartment bath off the hall, next to a servants' room with its own bath. So, this was meant (at one point at least) to be a three-and-a-half bath home.
It is odd that Storrer leaves those spaces blank---and one without a wall at the hall. Perhaps, like most others, he did not gain full access to the property; in any event, he did his best, perhaps, considering that the other Taliesin plan, published in the Monograph, can't be deciphered as to the content of those two spaces:
Taliesin plan and view drawings on this page © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
I remember Karen telling me about her involvement in working with Wright. She mentioned that engineers at IIT (I think) informed her of misgivings about the radiant heat, so she opted for forced air. Later they had to rebuild all of the knee walls around the terrace and lectured to me "don't ever build brick walls with sand infill!" She also kept one of the original models of the house from Taliesin, which is probably still in the house. She was truly a most gracious and sophisticated person, but still very approachable.
While I have you, where do you stand on the use of "Usonian" ? Is Keland a Usonian in your view . . . ?
Also, the carport location is strangely inconvenient to the kitchen/living/dining area as well as the uncovered entry door. I must be missing something or this drawing is incomplete (?)"
Yes, the carport was opposite the kitchen, living room, and dining area, but adjacent to the living quarters. The carport became the master bedroom in the 1961 addition/remodeling by Jack Howe, when the garage was built. The carport was across the courtyard from the door leading to the kitchen from the courtyard. I was sitting in the courtyard one day with Karen when she pointed to the door leading to the kitchen, and referring to the carport, said, "And this is the door where the little woman (self-effacing, referring to herself), used to bring her groceries in!" I miss her (and Bill).