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Pfeiffer residence (Jester) restoration photos

 
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JChoate



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:55 pm    Post subject: Pfeiffer residence (Jester) restoration photos Reply with quote

photos of restoration work:

http://www.nahorodny.com/PheifferRes.html

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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know. Two questions: who are the restorers, and how can we see enlargements of the restoration photos ?

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put two fingers on the screen and move them to the side.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh -- touch screen. I don't have one of those . . .

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Rood



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I had no idea. When did that work take place?

Nearly three years ago I stayed in Bruce's circular bedroom, just prior to and during Easter weekend, and it was obvious that work needed to be done, there. The smell of mold was all-pervasive that first night, but that lessened considerably, after leaving the door ajar, while continuously running the A/C.

Evidently the flat roof leaked moisture into the batt-insulated walls.
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was last in BBP's house in the mid-90s, and it needed serious work then.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering the liberties that were taken with the design of this Jester-derived house, which seem to have rendered it a "stripped" version of the scheme, does anyone think that it would be appropriate to consider modifications that would bring it closer to Wright's conception ?

If so, the first opportunity for such revisions has just passed. Nevertheless, the question remains . . .

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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I reading the photos correctly that the house is wood framed with a thick stucco (or gunnite) exterior and interior facing....and that all that weight of the upper wall band above the strip window was supported on steel angles or tees each bearing on a single wood stud????! The stud appears to have failed either by fiber crushing due to excessive loading or weakening from rot or both. Not sure if moisture leaked in at the sill, or if condensation developed in the wall between the very hot exterior and the relative cool of the AC’d interior....irrigation in the lanai lawn may have been in play too. Even in a dry climate, moisture management in a wall is needed.
The solution of extending the steel, aparantly a HS tube, down to the slab looks so logical that I’m wondering why it was not considered originally.
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