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Duncan



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:33 pm    Post subject: Olive Hill Residence A Reply with quote

The Hollyhock House Studio Residence A being restored

https://savingplaces.org/stories/solving-the-puzzle-of-frank-loyd-wrights-first-project-in-los-angeles?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good news. It's an odd house, but pleasing. RMS had a lot to do with its design, and most historians credit him solely as the architect. I don't buy "solely," but "substantially."

The one detail that has always bothered me is the design of the 5 principal windows in the double-height living room. They allow as much light as needed, but they fail as view windows. It's disturbing to try to look through them, unless you stand right next to them. There is also no upper level space (other than the end of a hallway) to function as a balcony with views toward the windows.

On the other hand, the arrangement of dining balcony and kitchen is quite nice. Very cozy.
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The place is a hive of activity, and the amount of lumber currently supporting the structure - inside and out - is staggering. We've been asked not to share photos of the interior, but I'll see about getting some proper shots of the work going on to the exterior.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite photo of the house continues to be this one, found in David Gebhard, "Schindler," p 41. Unfortunately, it is identified as "Director's house, Olive Hill, Los Angeles, 1920."

B B Pfeiffer clears up the mystery, finally, in Taschen, with two images of drawings of Residence A also labeled, by an architect, as "Director's House." (Perhaps Schindler meant to
distinguish his use of the red square, on behalf of his employer, by surrounding it with a pair of outlines ?)









Mr Wright was not apt to give his mono-material work a two-tone painted finish -- but whether a trick of the light or an actual post-construction paint job, I find the effect in the photo
to be most felicitous . . .

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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the initial Olive Hill plan, the "Director's House" was originally intended to sit southeast of Hollyhock House (about where the elevator is today, for those familiar with Barnsdall Park). The stream emanating from the Spring House would have skirted its perimeter on the way down the hill to the pond on the Vermont Avenue side of the hill.

When Wright revised the plan, resulting in the eventual "Residence A" and "Residence B", the original Director's House design was re-purposed for A - quite literally, as the DH floor plan drawings were simply modified as needed and relabeled. As I recall, the house was rotated 90 degrees CCW for the new siting.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The contrast of color in the photo is due to the stucco walls with concrete trim. They were, in fact, different colors.

Both Schindler drawings are of Residence A, which includes a garage (not shown) at the left end of the drawing, located below the living room. Unfortunately, there is no surviving detailed plan of the Director's House ... at least not one that has been published ... so the alterations made to fit the different contours of the land are not clear. As built, the topmost element over the living room block shown as extending the full length in the first drawing, was reduced to a small access space leading to a larger roof terrace, as the second drawing indicates.
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SREcklund



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SREcklund wrote:
When Wright revised the plan, resulting in the eventual "Residence A" and "Residence B", the original Director's House design was re-purposed for A - quite literally, as the DH floor plan drawings were simply modified as needed and relabeled.


On the left - the original Director's House floor plan from January 1920
On the right - the same drawing, after modification into Residence A, August 1920



(click on the image to see it full size ... really really big)
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