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Post by Modmom1 »

Yikes! The house was set on fire by the murderer then the driveway blocked by 2 of the doctor's vehicles. Here is an archived clip of the media coverage which shows the extent of the fire damage:

https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/232305

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Post by SDR »

Screen grabs from the news video. I post these for their possible value in better understanding the design and the setting of the house . . .


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pgharchfan
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Post by pgharchfan »

The Santa Cruz public library has a clipping file on all of this, with scans online. The doctor who commissioned the house was one of the clients for the Water Street Medical Complex, also by Green, in Santa Cruz.

After the fire, the house reverted to the mortgage holder, Wells Fargo, who attempted to sell it "as is" and then paid for a $70K restoration in 1972 (per clipping). I wonder if Green's firm consulted on that. It seems everything got put back together very well.

The photos in the recent Green monograph are helpful to compare to the real estate shots (and the full plan helps figure out what's what). There's a change in the oven in the kitchen that has a strange cabinet on the back of it? And the integrated headboard in the master bedroom has been torn out.
Otherwise, it's in superb shape for 50+ years.

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The glazed and view elevation of the house appears to face southeast -- Green's north arrow is somewhat ambiguous -- and a principal feature of this facade is a regularly-spaced series of opaque interruptions to the
continuous glazing on this side of the house. These interruptions take the form of paired posts or mullions, between which are wooden jalousies -- apparently the "operating sash" for this side of the house. In the elevation
drawing and in the 1968 photos (the house was built in 1965) these jalousies -- which might well have been built with available hardware made for standard glazing -- extend from sill to ceiling, passing through a heavy
molding which becomes, in the living room and part of the master bedroom, a thick light shelf, in the living room just above head height, and in the bedroom, somewhat below ?

In photos taken in 2016, the portion of the jalousie panel above this light shelf/datum has been fitted with glass -- in the living room. Was this adjustment made by the architect, with the aim of admitting more, and
continuous, light to the ceilings of the spaces where it occurs ?

The zig-zag wall or fence beyond the swimming pool appears on Green's plan and elevation drawings; the trellis and connected outbuilding visible in the aerial photos do not.

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Post by pgharchfan »

It appears the location of the fire was the TV room / hobby room (as noted on the plan and matching to the news photos).

It appears this room was combined into the bedroom #1 post-fire.

It's the bedroom in the real-estate photos with no cabinetry and little detailing (and apparently no closet).

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Post by SDR »

Those interested in Aaron's work must avail themselves of the new monograph by Randy Henning, et al; it is such an amazing bargain that they would be deemed foolish -- by me, anyway-- for ignoring the opportunity !

https://www.amazon.com/Aaron-G-Green-Or ... 1939621372

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Post by SDR »

Here's a case where the position of the camera -- its height from the floor -- would be critical, in enabling the viewer to assess the feeling given by that lower datum, floating through the house
as either a lintel in the fenestration, or a free-floating light shelf -- which in the master bedroom becomes a through-the-glass horizontal surface, it's top surface visible to a standing adult ?

Impossible to be sure, from the photos we have seen so far. One of the color photos shows that bedroom from the height of someone lying in bed -- apparently . . .

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Post by SDR »

Look at DRN's photos of the master bedroom and living room, on the previous page. Available-light photography, likely resulting in the most realistic views. What
does that shelf in the bedroom shade -- or support ? Is that photo shot from standing height, Dan ? What about the two living room shots that follow -- are you
standing on a step descending into the room ? If not, one has to duck to get under the shelf to sit on the upholstered seats ? That's what the third photo suggests,
anyway: again the shelf is at eye height, and there's no stair there . . .

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Post by DRN »

In the words of the immortal Davy Jones, "I am standing up."

The shelf seemed to be a visual device...a datum? It was not deep in the interior of the living /dining area. One's head would be well below as you would come to seated position on the bench.

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Post by peterm »

I’ve been wondering if it might have been designed to provide a shady spot on the bench for times of the season/day when the sun might be too intense. One person might prefer to bask in the rays, another remain cool in the shade.

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Post by SDR »

That makes sense. Wright liked to provide intimacy under a lowered portion of the living-space ceiling -- but his nooks were found on a side of the room away from the major glass.

The "shelf" I'm wondering about is the one in the master bedroom.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

I find it disconcerting that the beautiful stone floors were not continued consistently throughout the home, inside and out.

This is a very "dynamic" house.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Post by SDR »

Some owners might not favor a stone floor in a bedroom -- even if heated ? The early photos of this house show a darker-toned shag carpet in the living room and master bedroom (at least).

The end conditions at each terminus of the house are indeed dynamic:

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Note how the designer calculates the reflections of roof fascia in glazing, to foster the illusion of continuity through the glass line -- in a different way in each case.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

"Take care of the terminals, and the rest will take care of itself."

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Post by Roderick Grant »

A practical consideration where it comes to stone flooring is the way the irregularity creates difficulties for furniture. Chairs like flat floors, and are irritated by lumpy ones.

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