Jack Howe born 99 years ago today

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SpringGreen
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Jack Howe born 99 years ago today

Post by SpringGreen »

Thank you, Prairiemod!
http://www.prairiemod.com/prairiemod/20 ... -howe.html

And a nod to the name that Mr. Howe's preferred: Happy Birthday, John!
"The building as architecture is born out of the heart of man, permanent consort to the ground, comrade to the trees, true reflection of man in the realm of his own spirit." FLLW, "Two Lectures in Architecture: in the Realm of Ideas".

Roderick Grant
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Post by Roderick Grant »

The Denniston House is very handsome, and further evidence that Jack had a lot to do with the design of Olfelt. The Denniston floor plan is published in "The Prairie School In Iowa" by Richard Wilson and Sidney Robinson on page 102.

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Post by SDR »

Here are images from the page RG cites:


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SpringGreen
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Post by SpringGreen »

Thank you for putting those up. And thanks to Roderick Grant for the citation.
"The building as architecture is born out of the heart of man, permanent consort to the ground, comrade to the trees, true reflection of man in the realm of his own spirit." FLLW, "Two Lectures in Architecture: in the Realm of Ideas".

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Post by DRN »

The PrairieMod link to the recent color photo set of the Denniston house and the posting of its floor plan here have finally explained the "forced perspective" I perceived in an interior photo of the house published in the October 1962 Arizona Highways magazine. Compare the plan, and photos 5 and 9 of the color set linked in the PrairieMod article: the angular projection of the back of the house was not clear to me in the AH mag article.

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Post by peterm »

The plan is a very pragmatic compromise between the 30 60 120 public space and the rectilinear private wing. There is much to like about the logic of this design.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

The extended roofs (Denniston family room, Olfelt carport), slender ceiling trim, ceiling light fixtures and the basic massing of the fireplaces show a kinship between the two houses, even though they do not share a grid: Denniston is square while Olfelt is diamond. Both were designed in 1958.

The perfs in the columns in front are similar to the Feldman perfs in Berkeley. Quite handsome and very effective.

Again, what I find notable about Howe's work -- even those houses that are not, over all, particularly good -- is his meticulous attention to detail. There isn't a false move in this design ... although I might abbreviate the train tracks.

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Post by Deke »

Is there a Howe monograph?

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