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For sale: Mark Mills house in St. Helena, CA

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: For sale: Mark Mills house in St. Helena, CA Reply with quote

A Truly Unique Home in Napa Valley


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An 875 sf house on 7.13 acres for $2.65M? Sounds like a tear-down to me.
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DRN



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why a teardown?
Some uber wealthy person could want a Zen-like retreat "from it all", or the Mills house could be a guest house to a larger new house, sensitively built on the property. Still, the property could also be subdivided and the Mills house might be saved as folly amid a dense cluster of poorly constructed faux Spanish Colonial townhouses or cluster houses, each with garage door tipped proboscis reaching out to the concrete apron and passer by tooling down Mark Mills Drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the pictures, it appears that the site could hardly support a larger house, which could bode well ...
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With a 7.13 acre lot? Get rid of a few inconvenient trees, and several houses could be accommodated.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It always seems a shame that the only way for some to speak about (to promote ?) unusual building is to equate the design, and/or the designer,
with some otherworldly or magical realm.

"Mills, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, chose to model the home on the structure of a seashell, as it contains more space inside its perimeter than
any other shape of an equal dimension."

The only sense I can make of that statement is that an irregular spiral shape is thus said to contain a greater surface area than does any other planar
form -- clearly nonsense, as that honor is held by the circle. And what do the photos suggest is the plan shape of this house: a circle.

The "seashell" monicker probably derives from the spiraling appearance of the roof. But the triangular spaces between the radial rafters appear identical,
which if so would point toward a circular plan. The unknown in all this is whether the skylight is in fact centered on that circle, and the only peculiarity
is that the rafters radiate not from a center point but tangentially from the rim of the skylight . . .

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