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Exhibition Usonian House For Museum of Modern Art 1940
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Jeff Myers



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Standard detail sheet, SDR do you have one for the fireplace,like at Jacobs?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you know, no two Wright fireplaces are alike -- so there was no standard detail for them. And the Monograph has few Jacobs drawings, oddly. There are sections through other Usonian fireplaces, though none until after Jacobs. . .

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. I think the MoMA Exhibition House (unbuilt) meant to look at the standard detail sheet for the specific house,just like the furniture I don't have these at all.
I wonder what Taschen Complete Works Vol. 2 has to offer about this unbuilt home.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Standard Detail Sheet was intended to answer many questions for the builder of the wood-and-brick Usonian house; it would have been sent along with the plans for any house, which would of course have its own set of drawings. So, there would be a plot plan, a floor plan, sections, electrical and plumbing plans, details and furniture -- and a copy of the Standard Detail Sheet (see below), which describes the wooden parts of the system -- the millwork -- in detail: board and batten wall, window and door sash, roof fascia and soffit construction, standard trellis and perforated board sections, etc.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was unsuccessful in finding 1940 ads, only Pencil points. I also found some great photos on Affleck in Progressive Architecture October 1946.

I did find some things that would have been used in the Utility room like the Boiler and the Water heater 1940. If anyone has something on Refrigerators 1940 please share.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if you are familiar with this site, which is one of my favorites. She has an extensive photo collection of everything 40s and 50s:

http://retrorenovation.com/?s=1940s+kitchens

There is also a wonderful section on bathrooms.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that site, thanks peterm.
I have visited the site on many numerous occasions.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR

Would you have any images of Wright's earlier works you mentioned with horses and carriages which you could post or give a reference for?

I don't recall seeing any and I would find it very interesting.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After some digging I haven't produced more than one photo of horse-drawn vehicle in front of a Wright building. Perhaps I was asking too much. I found work horses on the bare Robie site; horses and carriages on Chicago streets, in front of new steel-framed buildings, some "modern" and some not; and old cars. Ah, well. There's this:




The Francis Apartments, Chicago, 1895.


By contrast, here's up-town San Francisco in 1900:




And, because I can't help it, a favorite page from Carl Condit's "The Chicago School. . ." -- and no, it isn't Sullivan, or even Jenney, and there are no vehicles, as in many other shots from the same time -- but I like it.



Note the man, standing in the center of the photo. Those are floor-length windows . . . operable ?
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RA



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks SDR.

It is amazing that a building the scale of the Women's Temple would have been demolished after only 34 years in the 1920's. However, that real estate is as prime as it gets in Chicago. Brings to mind the Imperial Hotel, Midway Gardens...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, RA. This is of course a steel-framed building, with a load-bearing (i.e., self-supporting) facade (so rich and sculptural -- vividly "3-D"). Sullivan and others are noted for more forthrightly expressing the frame in the visible surface of the building. . .but this amalgam of old and new is heartwarming, nevertheless. It just goes on and on, at the left (the principal facade).

Sorry for hijacking the thread. . .!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one issue, if one has the Mono, is there anything relating to furniture? and a plan for the shelfs?

I am now starting the "blind" modeling for the model such as furniture,shelfs,desks etc. I am also stumped as to what the general plan says in the bathroom.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least one of Wright's renderings for Larkin shows horse-drawn carts in front. One book (Secrest?) juxtaposes it with the more familiar "modernistic" rendering from the 1920s.

(One reason why you rarely see vehicles of any kind in photos of the era is that cameras required several minutes' exposure, and vehicles and pedestrians didn't usually stand still long enough to register.)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now we're cooking -- thanks to Reidy. Three images from FLLW Architect, MoMA, New York, 1994:










And, a page from John Lloyd Wright, My Father, Who Is on Earth:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the Larkin image. The juxtaposition is so odd. The ladies dresses...
What must have people thought at the time of such a modern building?
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