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Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Chickski and Flax, send us what you have, and maybe we can edit it.

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I sent Florian a bunch of photographs, the original drawings, and a good floor plan. I'm looking forward to seeing the model when completed.
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Post by Flax »

I completed the model a couple of weeks ago but wasn't yet able to take any proper pictures. Here are some snapshots for starters.



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One minor adjustment: At the end of the enclosed yard, the wall is partially open. The battens are in place, but three boards are removed. The top board, almost all the way across, the second, not so much, and the bottom of the three slightly less. There is a published view of this, but I'm not sure in which book.

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Post by Mobius »

Florian, thanks for publishing the photos of your models - they look great.



Can you explain what the "yellow bananas" are? I'm fascinated by your tiny models, and wonder what they mean. Do you have some sort of written document concerning your models, which you could post here for our edification?



The more I look at this house, this design, and the many pictures I have of the interior, the more and more keen I become to build a version of this house at our forestry farm, on an old river terrace, overlooking a stream, wetlands and a small pond, surrounded by native trees. It really is quite stunning.
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Post by Flax »

Here are some more photos of the model as promised, I think they are better than the published snapshots. As for the tiny models: Unfortunately I haven't any written document to explain the meaning. Any of the models focuses on a certain feature in Wright's architecture, e.g. the "yellow bananas" illustrate how the light flows into the rooms, whereas the green one concerns the relationship between interior and exterior. The dissection of all these different aspects helped me very much to really understand the building and Wright's approach to organic architecture.



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Post by pharding »

Thank you for sharing photos of your beautiful, well crafted model. I would be interested in seeing photos of each analysis model.



One of the many wonderful qualities that I admire in many of FLW's projects, like this one, is his economy of means. On his small minor masterpieces, such as this one, every cubic foot space, is skillfully used. When looking at the model, I also amazed at the skill with which windows and solid walls are used and manipulated to take advantage of views and balance natural light in rooms. The processional experience is quite wonderful in this house like many of his Prairie School Houses.
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What are Wright's "minor masterpieces?"

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Post by SDR »

Thanks for the photos of your beautiful model, Flax. I like the choice of a monochromatic color; it makes the appreciation of forms much easier.



I am quite surprised that you substituted an alternate corner detail at the exterior board walls; I can't recall seeing this corner in Wright's work, though Schindler used it at the Pueblo Ribera and possibly another of his slip-formed concrete projects of the early 'twenties. Do you prefer this solution technically, over the mitered Usonian corner boards ? There is certainly an argument for that. . .



There is also a slight revision at the conjunction of the lower-level roofs at the chimney mass -- and you won't find a window mullion at the corner of a Usonian window band: Wright found a way to miter the glass there, even if it meant moving the row of mullions off the unit line, I believe !



Here are five of the original Leavenworth's photos of the house, as published in "Affordable Dreams":



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In the last photo it can be seen that the carport roof is already out of level, compared to the kitchen window sill !



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Who is Sargent?

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rgrant wrote:A floorplan and a photo should be all one needs to do all the elevations and sections needed. The detailing of the system is shown in Sargent's book.


Who is Sargent? And what is the title of the book? Thanks!

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His name is John Sergeant, and the book is "Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: The Case for Organic Architecture." (1984) Amazon.com has it for $12.97 paperback.

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Thank you!

Post by nexxjenn »

Roderick Grant wrote:His name is John Sergeant, and the book is "Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: The Case for Organic Architecture." (1984) Amazon.com has it for $12.97 paperback.


Thank you!

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