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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Presley's House of the Future Reply with quote

Scott T. has just told me about this strange FLW Fdn project...

Presley's House of the Future.

Brief story here (scroll ALL the way down to the bottom):

http://www.doney.net/aroundaz/celebrity/wright_franklloyd.htm

Bird's Eye View:

http://is.gd/7Ddhm

Does anyone know anything else about this house?


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DavidC



Joined: 02 Sep 2006
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Location: Oak Ridge, TN

PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Legacy House: Presley's House of the Future Reply with quote

Paul Ringstrom wrote:
Is it in the new FLW Complete Works Vol. 3 book? (I don't have one yet.)


According to the article, it's not a FLW design:

"Designed after Wright's death by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Charles R. Schiffner, Architect."


David
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JimM



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schiffner had long hair and Jefferson Airplane posters, which Olga made short work of. He was married to Iovanna.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The house was an early type of environmentally sensitive structure done in the 80s at a cost of over $700K, which in those days was real money. It had the interior charm of a Motel 6 lobby with colors by Olga. It isn't worth a second glance.
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m.perrino



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This house is not a part of the 'legacy' group. Was not by FLW. As stated by those above, it was designed by Charles "Lath" Schiffner, probably under the TAA banner. The name Presley came from the developer of the housing development, which is now known as Ahwatukee or Ahwatukee Foothills, it is located somewhat southeast of central Phoenix.

I was in the house when it was used as a 'model' for the development. Cutting edge in those days ( early 1980's ). I recall some harsh angles and some great orange shag carpet !

As an aside, the house itself is not far from the original Ocatillo Desert Site from 1929 - - -
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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Article on the house:
http://is.gd/7IDKQ
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DRN



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Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently found this set of period pics and a floor plan on the FLW Foundation site of all places...

http://fllwfoundation.tumblr.com/post/36909980323/charles-lath-schiffner-of-taliesin-associated
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Worst . . . sheet-metal work . . . ever." (Comic-book guy)

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DRN



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
"Worst . . . sheet-metal work . . . ever." (Comic-book guy)


The copper siding does seem to be "oil canning" in the blazing heat.
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goffmachine



Joined: 08 Apr 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:12 am    Post subject: More images/interiors Reply with quote

More Images here(interiors etc.)

http://greginthedesert.net/2009/09/28/ahwatukee-arizonas-house-of-the-future/

http://www.prairiemod.com/prairiemod/2014/03/more-house-of-the-future.html

Excellent....(Mr. Burns)

Its looks like Bruce Goff and Mr. Wright had a lovechild.
The plan is actually quite good.
The WHITE is the only negative point in my opinion.
Imagine this house built but with craftmanship (unfortunate sheet metal work- and no paint. More emphasis on the natural blocks and wood.(like the H.C. Price Residence,Phoenix)

The colors are standard taliesin pallet.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/de/f5/6e/def56e06e405eb716f7a284034fd41ac.jpg
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a "love child"; more like a "step child."
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Bad Seed," anyone ?

I think I prefer Lloyd Wright's "Desert Dune Berm House" -- based strictly on what can be seen in one image:

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=6499

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goffmachine



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definately step-child. Smile
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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bringing this thread forward post-outage...keywords: House of the Future; Charles "Lath" Schiffner; Ahwatukee; TAA

An updated link for my earlier link, now dead:
https://franklloydwright.org/a-showcase-of-ideas-taliesin-associated-architect-charles-schiffners-house-of-the-future/

More pics:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/fllwfoundation-blog.tumblr.com/post/36909980323/charles-lath-schiffner-of-taliesin-associated/amp

Pics and an audio piece:
https://kjzz.org/content/244880/did-you-know-house-future-was-built-ahwatukee
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