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eBay: Blueprints from unbuilt Harry Brown House
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brown was an attorney.
I have an aversion to comparing designs by different architects and proclaiming one is better than the other. Having worked on Griffin's Ricker House and spending time there, I found the balconies to be somewhat forced and the entry hall cramped and confused. The comparison is distant at best, and is probably not worth the effort.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a matter of degree. I can imagine preferring to avoid comparisons. As FLW pointed out, the inferior mind learns by comparison, while the superior mind learns by analysis. Since we here are supportive of both FLW and WBG, comparing them may seem unwonted. But that's mostly because they are both close enough to an ideal we all share. Imagine a house like Robie compared to a Robie-wannabe McMansion in the 'burbs. I think choosing one over the other would be less worrisome.

I defer, outside, to your evaluation of Ricker, since I have not seen the house in person, and agree that the entry is an odd thing, especially the row of doors. The library doesn't need two doors, but it's as if Griffin thought, "Well, I have enough space, and it would look neat from the hall, so...what the hey!" And small balconies, such as are on the upper level are mostly useless (no less useless at Ricker than Emil Bach). What should be done is to reduce the glass doors to windows, raise the walls up to the level of the balcony rails and fill them with flowers and trailing vines.
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