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The "deep dive" into these drawings has led to being aware of things I would not have otherwise seen.
One of those is the concrete beam that supports the terrace of the third level.
It's 46ft long extending from Mrs Kauffman's fireplace all the way across the house to the east wall of the guest bedroom.
It is interrupted only by the bathroom walls which are steel stud plaster walls and non structural.
Knowing this then there is a sense in which one wants to take those bathrooms walls out and see the beam clear and clean.
Can't have everything, but the uninterupted glazing across that entire front is some compensation.
Then there is the eastern terrace.
The northwest terrace is obviously dramatic levitating from the boulder and all.
Whereas the eastern terrace seems to slip by unobserved.
The eastern terrace is not all that small, it's big, .... and, there is nothing under it, nothing!
All shall be revealed in my next post.
... and this may take a little investigation and time. None of the drawings in the file or in the publications I'm working with match - each other and each often contains errors within themselves (GA-1970, Kauffman Jr's book, HABS). It sort of feels like nobody really knows what's going on in this place.
In the meantime it does strike me how strong the 12 ft bay structural grid is in the plan.
It makes an appearance on the main level in the central square but by the time your on the top level, if not the second, it's gone.
In addition from the north side of the house you have no clue about that grid.
Most other architects I'm sure would carry it through somehow.
I think the difference is distinct enough to say that it's part of what makes FW so enigmatic.
... and the north side of the house in plan, how it steps and folds up the contour of the road like water falling over rocks.