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For sale: Home by Peter Berndtson in West Mifflin, PA

 
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DavidC



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:50 pm    Post subject: For sale: Home by Peter Berndtson in West Mifflin, PA Reply with quote

House of the Week: Unique Usonian in West Mifflin


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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again a Wrightian contrives a detail not found in any Wright Usonian as far as I know---in this case a light deck that spans the space in front of a living-room window . . .

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DRN



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very neat. The remuddled bathrooms could stand to be "Wright-ed" or "Berndtson-ized", but other than that....
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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR, those windows are the ones facing the entrance, shown from the exterior in photo #1, while the windows facing the back yard appear in photo #5 (with the piano).

I like the house, even with the pragmatic treatment of exterior corners, rather than mitered boards.

I agree about the intrusion of the modern bathroom; should be corrected. But overall, the house looks good. I especially like the dining set in #6.
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pgharchfan



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The house is in the Meadows Circle development, which has the Notz house by Cornelia Brierly across the road from this one (later expanded by Berndtson), and another Berndtson house at the end of the road. This is the best preserved / best floor plan of the bunch. $425K is a lot for the area.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The dining set piqued my interest; I could swear that I've seen those chairs before -- perhaps in the Brierly house ?

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DRN



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some relevant links:
https://www.post-gazette.com/life/homes/2013/04/27/Homes-designed-by-Wright-apprentices-reflect-his-Usonian-principles/stories/201304270197

https://phlf.org/2017/12/01/architecture-feature-usonian-architecture-metropolitan-pittsburgh/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16118393/dream_homes_on_circular_lots_visioned/

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=5249&highlight&sid=f39b588f831720e22257d3d27b38e90e#38355
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SDR



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another neighborhood laid out with circular lots ! Did that detail come to pass ?

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Craig



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is that odd raised seating area in photo #11?
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig provides photos published when the Notz house (c. 1940) was offered for sale back in the early 1990s.

"While the quality is poor, these images do provide a sense of the house - dark, all natural materials, and many cobwebs."

Thank you, Craig !

















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pgharchfan



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
Another neighborhood laid out with circular lots ! Did that detail come to pass ?

S


No, the lots are all rectangular. The Notz house sits next to two vacant lots that are not part of its parcel. If someone builds on them, the house will lose its view.
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pgharchfan



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig's photo #2 of Notz shows the unusual front entry. A single car carport was originally behind that stone planter, right next to the front door. The carport was enclosed in the 80's to make an office area, and a new carport was added adjacent. The planter was added to tie it together.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are lacking a plan drawing. Here are aerials that show the present condition. The next-door house -- tan, with brick chimney -- appears in the first of the photos that Craig supplied, above.




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