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DavidC



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Auction: Pratt House plan Reply with quote

A House Plan Hand-Drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright Goes Up for Auction


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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes -- a plan drawing is a view from above. AD -- the design magazine for architectural illiterates ? A nice close-up of a Wright signature block, and an enlargeable reproduction of a view drawing.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the actual plan, drawn by Lois Davidson Gottlieb, is what is for sale, shown farther down in the article... Maybe the perspective drawing is not a part of the sale, but included in the article to get our attention?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
AD -- the design magazine for architectural illiterates?


What do you expect - it's long since been reduced to an interior design rag ...
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh -- this might be the only house plan published by AD in the last calendar year; I would't know for sure.

The Wright signature block shown by AD is dated 1949.

The Eric Pratt house of 1948 (not 1951) is a flat-roofed design. An earlier plan is the one shown in the auction item,
while the (built) plan found in Taschen and in Storrer includes the added bedrooms. Here are the two sheets:








The perspective view is for a different project; research may uncover which project this drawing represents.


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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if forgery of Taliesin drawings has occurred; I have not heard of an instance. Nevertheless, it seems poor judgement to reproduce a Wright
signature block at over original size. In this case, since the potential damage has already occurred, a record of this particular example could be helpful in the
case of an unauthorized duplication based directly upon it. I have recorded the image.

Were I associated with the Foundation, I would likely recommend that it act to have the reproduction and publication of the signature block removed from
the Internet, including Architectural Digest's site and that of RR Auctions.

SDR


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John



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:51 pm    Post subject: Pratt???? Reply with quote

"They forewent vacations..."

Forewent!!!!!
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doncha love it ? Also, the AD writer misquoted RR's (or the seller's) text. She wrote:

"When Wright toured the Acres, a co-op in Michigan where the Pratt house is located among four other Wright designs, he noted several fatal flaws in the
building, including poorly laid blocks of concrete. Nevertheless, the family moved into their home in 1951 and continued adding to it until 1954."

From the auction page:

"As they neared completion in 1951, Wright toured the neighborhood and was said to have found ‘numerous almost fatal faults’ including poorly laid
blocks of concrete. Nevertheless, the Pratts continued the project and today the home is considered a fine example of the Usonian form."

There's a vital difference between "fatal flaws" and "almost fatal faults" !

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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The perspective view is for a different project; research may uncover which project this drawing represents.


I believe the print of the perspective rendering, sans titles, is a preliminary version of Weisblat further down the lane. The view is taken from the drive approach...the as-built house has a flat roof over its carport rather than an extension of a plane of the main hip roof.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2624/3991158988_a3535bebbe_b.jpg
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bingo. Thanks, Dan. Here's the finished rendering, no doubt a colored view. Note added chimney. A curiosity is the slight curve to the near roof profile, at its right-hand extremity -- more readily visible in the base drawing above.





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