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Paul Ringstrom
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Lovness Estate renovation

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Well done. With Kelly Davis at the helm, this result is not surprising. But I don't like the overstuffed living room furniture; it doesn't look comfortable, at least if one intends to rest one's arms.

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Wow.
Don't think I've ever seen this before.
Great building.
Do the Monographs have a plan ?
Who is Kelly Davis?

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Kelly Davis is one of the better-known partners in SALA Architects.

Here is a story from 2000 that tells a lot about the firm which has been in business for about 35 years: http://www.residentialarchitect.com/awa ... chitects_o

some photos of his work: https://www.pinterest.com/salaarchitect ... s/?lp=true
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Thanks
Just got back from the SALA website.
Was not aware of this firm.
35 fives years in business
and it shows consistent dedication

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Post by SDR »

Thanks for the photos, HOJO.

I think that I've seen too much of the Lovness cottage, and not enough of this house, before now . . .

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Post by Tom »

1955
and no angles, no curves
it's great

Best use of the early Wright sculptures too
... in my judgement.

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Yes. The pieces aren't just plopped somewhere visible; they are ranked and integrated into the hardscape in a meaningful and convincing way.

The "blind" (or squinty) sections of the clerestory band -- maybe those are "sleepy eyes" ? -- are a bit puzzling. Could they be shear panels ? Shouldn't be necessary, with the roof plane operating above.

I never noticed the cubic copper corner lanterns, before. They argue a bit with the nearby Little house lanterns -- but hey, it's a happenin' party, and every one's welcome !

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I was just thinking about the clerestory!
You know - it's great.
Lindal Homes and most everybody else would put all glass up there.
But Wright molds and sculpts
dark and light

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What does surprise me about these clerestories are the "punched" square openings.
Not a series of svelt, sleek perforations, emphasizing the horizontal
... but just a square imposition ... so to speak
the theme occurs elsewhere of course
what was that Emerson quote?
something like:
"... do I contradict myself? So be it. I am vast and contain multitudes "

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Post by SDR »

There are a couple of other Usonians with those ocular squares; none that I know of have the peculiar C-shaped ones.

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Post by jay »

Who is Kelly Davis?
The book "Not So Big House" features an 800SF house/retreat he built for himself which seems very Usonian and very wonderful.

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Post by SDR »

Quite so -- reminiscent of a miniature T West structure, in part ?

I believe he wrote that the CMUs in his house were sandblasted, giving them a velvety texture . . . or words to that effect.

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