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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:06 pm    Post subject: Edgar Tafel house for sale Reply with quote

threatened with demolition by the new current owner. permit denied. back on the market.

https://www.curbed.com/2018/7/2/17525244/midcentury-home-for-sale-scarsdale-westchester-county
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Real Estate: Mid Century Modern Home on Overlook Road is Sold Again


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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of the few Tafel buildings I have seen, this is his best. Glad it was saved.

It brings up another question: What is the attitude in Europe concerning razing buildings of significant architectural merit? Is it as easy as it is here? Somehow I doubt it.
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peterm



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It’s more cumbersome to build, and much more difficult to destroy. Important architecture is protected, and typically funded by the state, instead of relying on endless private fundraising.

Internationally, Docomomo is an important resource:

https://www.docomomo.com/mission
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking for images, as usual, I find this https://www.google.com/search?q=edgar+tafel+architect&client=opera&hs=AYr&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwinhNaJ3a_fAhXAIjQIHdTaCsMQ_AUIDigB&biw=1779&bih=956

and thence to https://blogs.cul.columbia.edu/tafelarchive/

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peterm



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What’s going on with the “Beam me up, Scotty” circular lighting fantasy in the kitchen? Are they warmers, microwaves, or time and space travelling portals?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's that picture, P ?


Check this out: https://bkskarch.com/work/croton-house/


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peterm



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sci-fi kitchen photos that I was referring to are from Paul Ringstrom’s post of the Curbed listing:

https://www.curbed.com/2018/7/2/17525244/midcentury-home-for-sale-scarsdale-westchester-county
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, yes. Most strange. Maybe a Futuro came through the roof, one night ?

https://photos.smugmug.com/TSR-architecture/Futuro-House/i-dSbXzRp/0/73e188c5/L/Front%20View%20Day-L.jpg

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tafel's work is fine, but just shy of great. The pimpled kitchen ceiling looks as if he didn't quite know what to do with the thing.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing can be said for this house: with its drooping roofline it bears limited comparison to the fated Olfelt residence. Perhaps this view



might serve as inspiration to the designers of Olfelt's second incarnation -- presumably a two-story bulk added to the original single level ?

Picture living room and carport at left and far left, respectively . . .

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Photo © 2018 by Houlihanlawrence
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The more convincing portion of the house in the above photo for me is the left-hand portion. It could be
Wright -- from here. Love the lighted under-floor space -- but it's the band of glazing at center that's so
perfect -- though Mr Wright might prefer to see more fixed glass, bookending the run ?




Photo © 2018 by Houlihanlawrence
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Olfelt is to integrate a 2-story addition gracefully, it could not be situated anywhere near the drooping carport. That roof rises over the high-ceilinged living room, which cannot be disturbed if there is to be a satisfactory resolution to this ignominy. My guess is that they intend to relocate the kitchen somewhere in the existing bedroom wing, along with a separate dining room, add the original kitchen space to the living room, moving the fireplace and basement stairs, and top the bedroom wing with a second story. In all likelihood, there will also be a two- to four-car enclosed garage added to the property somewhere, perhaps resulting in either the elimination of the droop or its enclosure.
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