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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:07 am    Post subject: eBay: Prints for Duey Wright & Marden Houses Reply with quote

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PLAN Duey E. Wright 1958 Wausau Wisconsin Diazotype on paper

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PLAN Duey E. Wright 1958 Wausau Wisconsin Diazotype on paper

Frank Lloyd Wright Luis Marden House Blueprint McLean Virginia Cyanotype 1958


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheet on the Marden house for Millwork details says they are drawn at full size.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see 1/2 and 1/4 full size. Compare to the 1940 Usonian Standard Detail Sheet; some full-size sections at right:




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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are correct. I didn't notice the fraction.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Marden, Sheet 6 (Millwork) shows two unusual sash details: for single-thickness glass, the glass stops are parallelograms, mating with a beveled edge to the glass opening. And for insulating glass, a trapezoidal surface-mounted stop is detailed.

Sheet 2A, Basement, shows four CMU types -- Coping, Paving, Jamb and Main -- that appear to be standard units.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting

Pretty sure am not familiar with Marden.
We don't seem to have much of a previous thread on it either - or do we?

Looking around I read someone say it has a "fish plan?"
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I was thinking of fish when I photographed Storrer's plan, a moment ago. It's a "solar hemicycle" with a flat window wall -- neither fish nor fowl ?

Chef James Beard (I think) said or wrote, "Hot soup should be hot; cold soup should be cold. Lukewarm soup is bleagh . . ."

The easiest way to look for an older Wright Chat thread is to Google "SaveWright ___________".

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Pearce plan © William Allin Storrer







. . . . Marden plan and text © William Allin Storrer







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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I was not familiar with this house.
I like the material palette.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Storrer wrote:




Maybe if those perfs were removed, Wright's clerestory band placed immediately below the ceiling plane would be able to shine (as it were) ?

If Goetsch-Winckler's "bare" clerestories have provided (de)light for its occupants, so too could another couple of Usonians, if circumstances suggested changes to their original accessories ?

(No, I'm not looking for more artifacts to be removed from their rightful and natural loci . . . !)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's interesting how from the pictures you can see that they have taken the dining table completely out of the original location.
I like that arrangement.

Definite relationship to the Kaufman Boulder house.
Seems like the terrace becomes the cantilvered doughnut party balcony
... at least if you squint your eyes like Choate often says
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well -- at least they share a particular form, the lenticular plan element.

"shaped like a lentil, especially by being biconvex"

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"lenticular" - nice
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Deserving of a thread of its own, the eleven built hemicycles and lenticular plans are clustered between 1945 and 1953, with a few outliers.

H = hemicycle (concave glass)
L = lenticular (flat or convex glass)

Dates are Storrer

Jacobs II - 44 -- H
Meyer - 47 -- H
Laurent - 49 -- H
Winn - 50 -- H
Pearce - 50 -- H
Marden - 52 -- flat
Lewis - 52 - L
Cooke - 52 -- H
L Wright - 53 -- L
Rayward - 53 -- H
Spencer - 56 -- H
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The next step would be to locate the unbuilt designs -- and collect illustrations of them all . . .

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[edited to correct chronology and window type]


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I thought (I think) that there were only a handful of hemicycles.
Thanks for the list.
(If I ever find a used cheap copy of Storrer I'll have to get it.
But I find the graphics painful - hard to pay full price.)

If might also be interesting to think about - again, in an eye squinting sort of way -
the fact that the form created when two circles intersect is the basis of the Gothic arch.
Lots of Medieval paintings put Jesus in the middle of that "feminine" form to symbolize his birth from the "Mother of God"
This was probably very much on Wright's mind revealing him to be a proto-feminists.
All this will be detailed in my next paper for the academy.
I shall entitle it: 'The apeture of the Divine'
RG should be especially interested.
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