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Tom



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Pomegranate's "Usonian Houses" Carla Lind Reply with quote

Yesterday found for $3 the palm size book "Usonian Houses" by Carla Lind.
Published by Pomegranate Books -San Francisco.
I'm sure many here have seen this series.
Some may have this book.

Page 12 is a interior shot of a room with a lit lamp in the corner.
The opposite page seems to identify the room as the Goetsch-Winkler house but it's ambiguous.

What interests me here is the book shelf in this shot: it's recessed into the wall.
The spines of the books are flush with the wall surface.
I don't remember ever seeing this detail in a Wright house.
...and I can't understand where in Goetsch-Winkler it would be in any case.
It might be in the first bedroom backing into the closet ...?

Anyone have a clue?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the whole set on a shelf in my master bath ... you know, just in case ... I'll take a look at it tonight and see what I can see ...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is in the first bedroom and the door that is in the picture
opens to the lanai.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes -- but the question is, how is that recessed bookshelf possible. The answer may be that it intrudes into the closet shown in the second of the plans shown below. See notes.












"These shelves, which also open into the bedroom . . ."











1991 by the Board of Trustees, Michigan State University and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonus image: Early plan and view, from Monograph 6, Plate 328 (p 223). Shown here at more than double the published size.




1986 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation



This sheet is also published as Plate 8 in "Affordable Dreams" (Susan J Bandes, ed.), the source for the notes and plans above; here are the notes for the sheet:




1991 by the Board of Trustees, Michigan State University
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom: Why don't you ask Audrey, the G-W house's current owner?
Here is her thread with a link to her Facebook page:

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=9207&highlight=goetsch+winckler
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot about Audrey.
Will ask.
Thanks.
Isn;t this an unusual detail for Wright?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is; I can't recall seeing it elsewhere in his work -- of an period.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the last paragraph of the notes to Plate 8, above, I believe the author misses the significance of the top-most roof and clerestory; these relate to the bathroom, not to the gallery, which appears to have its own full-height windows.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pomegranate lost its FLW FDN license a few years ago. These books are out-of-print along with all of the other FLW products that they made for many years.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Audrey says yes this is her house. She posted a recent shot.
Don't know what I'm doing technically, but this links to a download of the photograph:


https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/p2lZr9RTas3jJ4I-lw6V_CWvU57Q8wPVSipNhXDf2xMZln2BfdWUIQeOc76s5RttYj_ZMPRGLYcSHGB6Q4IjprEAR0BkYhh2K0ShCQm_PUMhMVKG1UNZAFgubCegVxXF6l0pLzSVyOLb365iKVWKYRztIq0k-f3CRkeSAjU2ZyH2qRlHYU6kwy_YoUJVr85zbUqACaV1G9zS6c6_ADtg8Rnur_TX8EcBMkuRgrQNdxw=s0-d-e1-ft#https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s200x200/14666309_1803069806601388_555176269347625392_n.jpg?oh=4cbd87d28092137fc80464f74b56f282&oe=58A97F2A
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha. So, the question is, is that shelf original to the construction of the house, or an intervention by a later owner. I'm guessing it's original.

We'd need to see interior elevation drawings . . .

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what Audrey wrote back to me on her Facebook page which does not appear to be posted publicly, at least not yet:

"Yes, there is a recessed shelf on the entrance side of the room.
The colorful item in the photo is actually in one of the Gallery (hallway) storage shelves, and visible through a cutout someone made in the wall,
probably to run wires for media.
The cutout does not appear to be original."
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the plan posted above labeled 'plate 28' there looks to be a desk or chest of drawers on the hallway side to where the bookshelf is.
Then next to that is a full closet.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check the head banner shot of the G/W House in
this link.
At the far right of the house second tall glass from the right it looks like natural light is descending from above through the roof.
At first I thought it was striking an interior brick wall but that's not correct.
What's going on?

http://thegoetschwincklerhouse.com/?p=59#comment-2957
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