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Question about shift in floor grids in Usonian Houses
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1939, for the Usonia I project, all houses were orthogonal except Panshin, which displays a cranked 2x4-foot grid. And, from the same year, the Crystal Heights development shows towers
with both angled and square grids.



Panshin


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daphne Funeral Chapels, Ralph Jester, Kenneth Laurent, and the Guggenheim, all buildings with major circular plan elements, are drawn entirely on square grids . . .


The Lowell Walter house is part of an interesting history: it was derived from a 1944 project for Ladies Home Journal.






The Walter residence follows on directly from the magazine project---in the Monograph, at least---with a major alteration, namely the rotation of the living-room pavilion 60º from its in-line prototype position.


Following the construction of Walter, at least four further proposals of the design, all with the Walter modification, were proposed, prior to 1950. Here are three of them; the first after Walter was for a T L McDonald.

In the Margolis example the pavilion is rotated 30º rather than 60. All but Margolis retain the grid of skylights in the living-room ceiling. Despite Pfeiffer's suggestion, perhaps Margolis isn't a real member of the
"Glass House" set; I don't see the indoor garden at the center of the living room.



F Margolis


V Grieco


N Daphne



Interestingly, both the Anthony and the Edwards designs which we've seen appear in different guise in the presentation plans found in Monograph 7. The Anthony
house is drawn here with square rather than diamond grids; where Storrer found his version of the grids is an open question. Is the slab marked with either grid ?





And the Edwards plan has an extra wrinkle, not apparently constructed: a semi-detached rectangle, cranked to yet another angle:




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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are seven plans from Monograph 8, 1951-59. Plan geometries have settled; even the most complex plan shapes are accomplished with simple triangle or rectangle grids. These are the
few exceptions:


R Bailleres 1952


A Coole I 1953


J J Vallarino 1955


R Herberger 1955


R Brooks 1957


A Miller 1957


Marin County Civic Center 1957

Note the same strategy for making the bend, in the last two examples.

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