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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Article: Schwartz House added to WI State Historic Places Reply with quote

Manitowoc Lincoln Boulevard district, Two Rivers Schwartz House join Historic Places list


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote




© 2018 by Google, Inc




photograph Edgar Tafel, © 1979 by McGraw-Hill, Inc













drawings © 1986 A.D.A EDITA Tokyo Co., Ltd. and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To understand the Schwartz residence of 1939, we have to look at its 1938 predecessor, the Life " House for a Family of $5000 a Year Income":



Life



Schwartz





Schwartz (left), Life (right)



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the Life house the bedroom level is not open to the great space below; its corridor is on the street side, affording the bedrooms a rear view. A narrow
balcony, opening to the street from the passage, descends from an elevated roof which continues at the same plane over the living room.

In the earlier Schwartz drawings this roof remains, while the balcony over the carport has expanded to a terrace. The bedroom corridor is shifted to the
rear of the chambers, allowing it to open as a second balcony addressing the main space below.

By the time of construction that high roof -- suggesting a late cruciform design in plan ? -- has dropped at the front of the house, to the floor level of the
terrace. Among other advantages this presumably allows a better view down to the drive, and arriving guests ?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Storrer tells us that E Tafel supervised construction of the Schwartz house, and that he added steel to the deep carport cantilever. Here's a portion of a section drawing. Checking the plan, we see that the upper and lower steel projectors
must bracket the terrace, supporting it with the lower pair of beams and the roof beyond and around with the upper pair -- and that these pairs, placed above and below in the same plane, are connected by steel-angle verticals, and that they
presumably extend inward at least some distance, within or atop the conveniently placed walls. They could easily have become trusses ? Apparently that wasn't necessary; the lower beam extends only 3 1/2 feet (the unit is seven feet).

Tafel (who must have prepared this sheet, at least) adds a note about how to construct the cantilever: ". . . to be raised two inches before 2 x 4s are nailed together." Not sure what those are -- the second floor is made like that of the Sturges
house, of solid sticks spiked together . . .

Mr Wright didn't get his knife-edge roof fascia in this house, though it appears early and often in the drawings for both projects. In this section we see it close-up, for what that's worth.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the great American houses of the century. The finish of the exterior wood is what? Not very satisfactory.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buried under paint, I'd say . . . The linked photo looks awful.

The Google images reveal that a gap was left at the bottom of the front parapet wall. Very good move . . .

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news from a city I lived in years ago. Lincoln Blvd is a tremendous tree lined blvd that terminates at Lake Michigan. On either side are large and small houses, all well maintained and a few deftly hidden MCM gems at the end of longer driveways. Also, great to see the Schwartz House mentioned. I stayed there several years ago and would give it a high recommendation to anyone so inclined. One of the larger usonians, and very, very well maintained by the current owners.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible house

Love that last posted detail sheet.
I'm guessing that the top of the double 2X12's that sandwich
the 8" steel flitch plate are notched to enable that top 2x4 to be
continuous all the way back to the balcony parapet.

Would like to see how the framing of this "visor" turns the corner.
Wish it would have been built this way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right. That C-shaped piece of roof really is a "visor" -- to an upside down cap or hat ?

Here's the steel, in plan, as I would see it. As you say, the top layer of 2 x 4s needs to be continuous -- ideally.




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, that's got ot be it.
One long piece of steel on that flitch plate.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To reach the ends it would need to be notched at its ends, as the eave steps up. Hmm . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen that done ... I think at the new Usonian block house in Lakeland Fla.
Also I think Eifler has notched some flitch plates in his work too.
Originally, though most likely not.
Maybe they would have stopped the steel short and sandwiched the wood on
out, stepping as it goes.

Would also be cool to see how the supported end of those
cantilevered beams are fitted and anchored back into the house.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes -- I would like to see the complete structural scheme . . .

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was wondering ....
if a petition from WrightChat with a heavy amount of "signatures"
would carry enough clout to move the archives at Columbia to
digitize some details for us.
Was wondering if the archives had plans to digitize any of it's material for online acces like HABS.
Was wondering if a large collection of signatures from WrightChat
would make any difference in persuasion to the folk at Avery Library.
... how many people peruse this site?
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