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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:21 pm    Post subject: Darwin D. Martin House Reply with quote

http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/12203-frank-lloyd-wrights-darwin-d-martin-house-complex
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...the eaves on the gardeners house are a conundrum.
...the stairway is from the conservatory to the chauffeurs quarters. Beyond is the garage/stable, now the gift shop.
...the dining table was actually placed 90 degrees to as shown; it looks like it's about to take off down the runway. Interesting the holes from the corner lamp/planters were never filled. Martin took them off soon after.
...looks like their starting to play with the wisteria tile layout that wrapped around the two-sided fireplace. Could possibly be the most exquisite decorative feature of any Wright residence.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where will I find a picture -- drawing, or photo -- of the dining table as originally configured ?

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dining table is as FLW meant it to be. See Hanks' "Decorative Designs of FLW" page 94. The photograph appears to be somewhat distorted.

In an interview, a Martin daughter said the light fixtures on the dining room table caused the water in the bowls below to boil. Unlikely. Even as hot as those old bulbs were, it would take quite a huge wattage to radiate that much heat down to the flower bowls. (See Hanks, page 96 for a drawing.) So the lights were used for awhile, at least, perhaps to test whether or not they go in the way.

JimM, what's conundrum-y about the Gardener's House eaves?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

According to the drawings in Hanks, the dining table was meant to have the elaborations at the corners shown in the drawing and which are now missing.

It is pretty clear from the furniture plan drawing that the planter/lanterns on the dining table would have effectively prevented the corner occupants from seeing each other -- perhaps the real reason for their abandonment ?

In the living room, Wright's drawing of the barrel chair is presumably the first indication of this design . . .

Hanks, pp 96-98:












Text and illustrations 1979 by David A Hanks
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter provides helpful photos. None shows the table -- or chairs -- as they appear in the drawings:









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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do the black and white photos show plugs covering holes where the upper portion would have been attached?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as an aside, Google Earth has this relatively new thingy where you can dial back thru the available aerial images over time. The Martin site is interesting to see:



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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh. The variety of image quality is a hoot, too. What I want to know is, how are they able to do the 3D aerial view ? I saved this shot of McDonald's Hawkeye house this afternoon:





Yes, Peter, I see marks on the table top in the likely places. The color photos may show a reproduced table ?

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Unbrook



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: Martin House Reply with quote

The missing element are the draperies which would have divided the spaces. Has anyone heard an update on their status?
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first color photograph above is the original dining room table with the holes patched. The second color photograph is the library table, which is probably original, but may not be.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR,
Your furniture discussion is more interesting than my aerial photography contribution, so after this last thing I'll cease.
That Hawkeye house appears to have the whitest driveway on Earth.
To your point about Google 3D aerial view -- the Darwin Martin house is a good candidate to display the marvel of that feature.
(and what is that gunk on the roof of the visitor's center? -- it looks like the scene of a grizzly murder).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Note the curiosity of the tree foliage in those aerials; much more of this anomaly is seen in other Google views, like the Hawkeye ones (first noticed in the straight overhead view). What's going on there, do you think ? It looks like bad collage of out-of-focus foliage on top of the normal photography. Weird . . .

I still wonder how those 3D views are captured. Are there camera drones operating at low (relatively) low altitudes, supplementing the satellite photography ?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As to furniture, Hanks mentions three Prairie-period dining tables with corner lamps/planters. The first, Martin, is shown above; below, the later two, Boynton
and Robie.

Of the three, only Boynton seems prepared to allow corner-seat face-to-face communication, by virtue of its low and streamlined lanterns. Robie reverts to glamor
at the expense of function. I wonder if any recorded history-of-use mentions this obvious and uncharacteristic ergonomic defect . . .














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Reidy



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May also has such a table.

Wires under rugs are a fire hazard. How do Boynton and May solve this?
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