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Photo hints: Hold camera directly above image to avoid distortion; don't use flash but light the drawing well. In necessary use stick as monopod to stabilize camera.
With my 2 MP camera, when the focus is perfect and the Benday dots of the printed image are in focus, I see a little "sizzle" on the camera screen . . .
Anyway it's an immaculate set. Very clean computer drawings in two parts. First part, the house in it's existing condition. Second part, the restoration.
All framing and structure to be revealed!
The original Rosenbaum carport steel is tied back to the masonry. The storage closet that faces the car is the cantilevers fulcrum. Two steel beams in that carport, can't remember what kind of section but think it's 'I'.
(One of the beams of Pope Leheigy carport ties back into masonry but the other is indeed tied down with steel tension rod into the slab.)
...the subject of steel framing in Wright structures is one of my favorites in the realm of Wright. I always feel like I'm looking under the hood when I get into this.
That's a great story (and sounds like a great trip).
Don Lambert is a very nice man. He's a native Alabaman who graduated from Auburn and seems be very down to earth.
I think the rest of his practice involves very standard buildings, mostly new school and government buildings, I think.
I believe the Rosenbaum House restoration came to him because his is the architecture firm in that town.
I think he did a pretty good job, considering historic restoration is not their specialty.
I would think that your private tour, before the unveiling, must've been very thrilling.
Shortly afterwards, I discovered Stanley's letter and sent a copy to him. I just looked back at his email reply where he wrote: "I read it and his frustration was worse than I've been led to believe from family and other accounts."
If John Geiger had been around at the time the house was in the drafting room, mistakes like the ones seemingly made would not have happened. I haven't read the story about the M. M. Smith house, but I would be surprised if it had any difficulties like those Rosenbaum listed. The quality of the end result of a commission depended heavily on which apprentices were involved.
According to Geiger, FLW did not like drudgery, he liked the "fun" aspects of designing, and left the drudgery to his apprentices. He drew a free-hand image of the specially molded block that trims the David Wright House, handed it to Geiger and told him to make a working drawing. Try though he might with compass, French curve and whatever other device he could find, Geiger could not accurately convert the rough sketch into something that could be made into a real thing, until he just made a clean version of the free-hand sketch, using eccentric curves. The manufacturer seemed not to have any problem converting it into the blocks.
(In the mean time I've sent SDR a test run on pics of the drawings. We should be able to get some of that rolling here soon.)
In plan, the cantilevered portion of the roof is roughly 2 times the dimension of the secured portion.
The entrance door steps way down from the driveway, doesn't it. Mr Wright seems to thumb his nose at water hazards as well as at gravity ! Wanna bet there's no surface drain outside that door ?
Yes, this is the carport framing plan and section.
The beams that cantilever are 26 feet long.
The cantilevered beams tie back to another I-beam that is in line with the clerestory I-beam and so 90 degrees to the cantilevered beams themselves.
The masonry is stopped, the tie back I-beam is laid on top, and then the rest of the masonry (a considerable amount) is laid on top of the tie back beam providing the cantilevers counterweight.