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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Gerald M Loeb residence (project) Reply with quote

Perhaps the most elaborate of the house designs based on Ralph Jester (1938) . . .


Text for the project; Monograph 7, Taschen III

Monograph 7 . . . In Taschen, the house is dubbed "Tenaya East" . . .


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photo © Pedro Guerrero


photo © Ezra Stoller



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenaya

Was Loeb a fan of the Ahwahnee Lodge at Yosemite ?



No mention of the appearance of a lower (underwater) level to the living room . . .

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the post.
The axial garden strikes me as Italian Villaesque
Unusual.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guerrero model photo added, above.

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a huge model. Where is it at today? Part of Avery Library or Moma?
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt2 wrote:
That's a huge model. Where is it at today? Part of Avery Library or Moma?


I think all the models went to Moma. The papers, plans, drawings, correspondence, etc. went to Avery.

The move from the FLW archives to Avery was headed by a young woman who grew up in Mason City.
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As fantastic as Loeb is, I cannot warm to it at all. It looks like FLW's version of a McMansion. It is in no way an improvement on Jester.

It is similar to the Metzger Project, a huge house grown out of a much more modest scheme (Ladies Home Journal Prairie House and DD Martin).
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Details like the mismatched radii at the garden pools, and other fussiness, are distracting---but I have sympathy for the overall layout.

There are multiple stairs, descending to who knows what. I certainly would like an explanation for the apparent sub-marine spaces. And it bothers
me that, despite the explanation of the overhead daylighting of the bedrooms, nothing of the sort appears on the model and the birds-eye view . . .

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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having spent time living and sleeping at Jester/Pfeiffer, I would much prefer occupying the entire Loeb complex ...full-time. Great as the Jester design is ... it's just a house, whereas Loeb exemplifies and suggests a complex, idealistic, and richly varied family life, complete with room for gardens, animals, and enough space to spread freely out into the landscape.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun fact: Loeb and his friend Ayn Rand would have been near-neighbors in Redding if they'd gone through with their respective house designs.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were they in fact friends ? What was Mr Loeb's profession or pursuit ?

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_M._Loeb
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rand's collected letters shows that they were actively in contact in the 1940s. One of his letters to Wright signs off with the news that she was on the way over to go looking at building lots.

Loeb was Olgivanna's broker and an informal financial adviser to the Fellowship. When Wright was being courted to do designs for the movie of The Fountainhead, Loeb wrote Harry Warner (for whom he'd arranged a stock offering) to advise him that the drawings would be valuable some day even if the movie never got made. A few years later, after Wright had turned the job down, he was complaining about money and Loeb told him that he would't be complaining if he'd taken the commission.
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