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It was quite a house, though. Absolutely beautiful.
Richard wrote:After looking at these and the Guererro photos, I think (forgive me Frank) that this is one of his more clunky designs.
Interesting. I think Frank's solution was it's complete charm. Other than sand and its elevated location, there didn't appear to be any discernable interest in the immediate area to draw inspiration for the house, from aerial photos I have seen. I think he succeeded in creating sculpturally an improvement to the site-as he did with his best work. This house was thought out very differently than other usonians, yet shared similar traits.
Even though there was no street to turn its back on, the board and battened rubble walls still enclosed and turned the house inward on itself, yet the prow extended out creating controlled access to that vast nothingness. Any other solution would have made the house look "plunked down" and out of place. As it was, it very much belonged there. A perfect refuge in the desert.
It's of interest that the sharp upward angle of the battened walls were echoed in the terrace. The design intent is obvious, but you would expect the terrace to have sloped downward embracing the site. Perhaps the fortress-like effect would have been compromised, and the upward thrust certainly is an intentional juxtaposition.
A more distressing situation may have occurred had Pauson not burned. I'm not sure if the site was in the direct path of a freeway, but this particular house could not have been moved.