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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense. On a curved window wall, the effect would be to favor one end of the plan over the other, early in the day, swapping ends as the sun moves west . . . ?

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jay



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This discussion of the Spencer House reminded me of a PBS segment on it I'd seen awhile back... Has plenty of nice footage of the window wall and terrace:

https://video.whyy.org/video/friday-arts-dudley-spencer-house/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that is very nice. And it was good to finally see Mr De Long, face to face . . .

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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The landscaping, the environment lovingly maintained around the home, couldn't be closer to my idea of Wrightian/Organic perfection. No lawn, just hard- and soft-scape leading up to and wrapping around the stone and wood and glass . . .

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JimM



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most obvious at the "mitered" corners, but it appears all the original windows have been replaced with insulated glazing... if so, an exemplary example of how to do it with the only compromise being a thin as possible mullion at the corners. The design type looks wonderful in that setting.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The corner windows were replaced by Mr. Spencer ca.1980's with the insulated glazing. Only the glazing and wood stops were replaced; the sashes are still original. The inserted corner mullion was a mahogany piece with a truncated right triangle section.
The current owner has replaced all of the house's corner windows with single glazed mitered corners per the original drawings......the seals are perfect and invisible. All opaque stain has been stripped from the mahogany mullions and sashes and replaced with an oiled finish.

The house is due for a roof soon...the fascias will be restored at that time.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To assess the aesthetic contribution the curve of the hemicycle glass walls have on interiors, one must experience them first-hand. While the actual length of the Jacobs II room runs the entire 120-degree span, the glass wall divides the space into more intimate segments. A straight wall of stone on one side and glass on the other would be overwhelming.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The video that jay linked on this page shows a quite remarkable house. From its landscaping, to the exterior and interior lanterns -- one of which seems to be linking two roofs -- to its nearly Deco furniture, the ensemble is robust,
serene, and convincing.

Storrer's three-sentence appreciation is, I believe, the shortest one in his "FLLW Companion" . . .



Monograph 8, p 243




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The oversized CMUs visible in the last image are interesting. The walls of the house may be thicker than most; they are not three feet thick, as claimed by the client's daughter . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One reason Storrer may have given Spencer short shrift is that for the original catalog (1974 edition), he was not given permission to publish a photograph or list the name of the owner. There was just a rough sketch and "Private Residence" listed. This was also the case with Arnold Friedman, Marden and Lovness. For later editions, all four came around.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The walls are 12"CMU with 6"-10" stone veneer on each face.

Mr. Spencer constructed none of the moveable furniture on the original plans, and did not construct the dining table....Storrer's plan is mostly accurate except for this. Instead, tables, beds, hassocks, even some lamps, designed by Mr. Spencer and his cabinetmaker were substituted. Mr. Spencer had an affinity for the dentil motif seen on the exterior fascias and incorporated that into the furniture, fixtures, and trim inside house, at times to excess.

In an effort to put the appearance closer to what was indicated on the drawings, a lot of "dentil extractions" have been performed...much of the added decoration was overlain on the original Wright intended clean line trim and it has been removed and fastener holes patched. Dentil'd bases on built-ins have received thin veneers of ripped salvaged mahogany from the removed trim. Some built-in pieces not on the drawings and movable pieces not in a Wrightian vein have been removed altogether. All fabrics are now solids.

The current appearance of the interior is much calmer to the eye and closer to Wright's intent.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That all sounds quite good. For what it's worth, however, I like the fat and voluptuous self-designed furnishings, which seem miles ahead in sophistication of most owner-designed pieces.
The dentiled bases would have been dust traps -- but the broad outward-canted boards, comfortably rounded where appropriate, seem to reflect the lantern form and the heft of the architecture.

Are the interior and exterior lanterns Wright's designs, or the client's ?

So, the masonry walls are at least two feet thick, at least double what appears on the drawings. One wonders if the extra thickness impinges on the designed interior spaces, or was added to the outside of the plan -- or something in between . . .

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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are the interior and exterior lanterns Wright's designs, or the client's ?

Not sure of the exterior wood lantern's parentage, it is the oldest example at the site...the interior lanterns and their siblings are Mr. Spencer's design as repetition of the exterior lantern.

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One wonders if the extra thickness impinges on the designed interior spaces, or was added to the outside of the plan...

The thickened CMU occurs at the exterior masonry walls only, and the added depth is given to the outside....the house has deeper exterior sills than shown on the original plans and sections.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom wrote:
Other than RG, who knew:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Adams


Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer knew.

Bruce knew members of the Adams family in Boston, and received from them copies of some of the Medieval music which Henry Adams collected: music which was his last great passion. I presume the collection remains at Taliesin. At one time the Taliesin chorus regularly sang some of the pieces ... all from 11th, 12th, and 13th Century France. I still have my copies of some of the music: Dona Nobis Pacem (Abbaye de Thoronet, 11th C.; Agnus Dei, 12th C.; Belle Doette (chanson de toile, 11th C., among others.

Bruce gifted me his copy of the 1919 edition of Monte St. Michel and Chartres and inscribed it "to Rod - Easter - 1967"
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JimM



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DRN wrote:
The current owner has replaced all of the house's corner windows with single glazed mitered corners per the original drawings......the seals are perfect and invisible.


That's great to hear... although comfort level considerations are understandable, I would have left single pane at the miters as well.
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