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Jack Howe born 99 years ago today

 
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SpringGreen



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 12:47 pm    Post subject: Jack Howe born 99 years ago today Reply with quote

Thank you, Prairiemod!
http://www.prairiemod.com/prairiemod/2012/05/happy-birthday-jack-howe.html

And a nod to the name that Mr. Howe's preferred: Happy Birthday, John!
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are images from the page RG cites:





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SpringGreen



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for putting those up. And thanks to Roderick Grant for the citation.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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peterm



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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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Deke



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a Howe monograph?
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