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In Monograph 7, we have six of Yukio Futagawa's black-and-white photos, and in Taschen III four color photographs by Ezra Stoller are presented
---without explanation, in either case, for the absence of a single drawn image.
It took some of us a while to learn that, in fact, Taliesin possessed no drawings---or at least, none that could be presented. Perhaps there are
preliminary sketches in the final volume(s) of the Monograph set ?
Now, at this late date, a group of 23 drawings have appeared, at the Heritage Auctions site.
https://fineart.ha.com/itm/fine-art-wor ... 01-67117.s
There appear to be two versions of the house among these sheets. I will present them here as Zimmerman 1 and Zimmerman 2. A third plan
appears at the end; this one is very close to the plan that William Allin Storrer published in 1993---until now the only document that we have had
showing the floor plan of the house as built.
In each case where I post a Taliesin plan, I will accompany it with Storrer's as-built drawing, oriented to match, as a reference.
photo Ã‚Â© Ezra Stoller
color: Ã‚Â© copyright 2019 by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
monotone: Ã‚Â© copyright 1993 by William Allin Storrer
Geiger was in charge of building Zimmermann, and designed both the master bedroom windows (with horizontal transom rather than following the pitch of the roof) and the living room windows (with fixed glass rather than operable). Selected Houses, pp 104-119, has some good b/w images of the interiors.
There are three versions of the construction drawings for the Zimmerman house. The first set of preliminary working drawings was prepared at Taliesin prior to Geiger's departure for the building site in New Hampshire. On arrival, Geiger determined that the first group of drawings was inadequate and redrafted the set with extensive corrections, revising the original sheets and adding a suffix "A" to new drawings he introduced. These were sent to Taliesin for review. A third set made subsequently by Geiger on site served as the basis for construction, and contains additional sheets showing interior details, cabinetry, furniture, and other finish features. For many years Geiger kept the originals of the working drawings he had produced, until he donated them to the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives in 2009 and retained print copies (shown as images here). At the time Geiger wrote his essay on the construction of the Zimmerman house, he noted that his drawings had been misplaced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives. This circumstance has since been remedied, and some drawings are shown here with their Frank Lloyd Wright Archives inventory numbers. The detail images below are a combination of the sets retained by Geiger and copies provided to him by the Currier Museum of Art. When present, thumbnail images of individual sheets are provided here for reference only.
Roderick, the Zimmerman Garden Room windows are operable. They were redesigned by Geiger from vertical casements to the brilliant awning windows we have today. Fixed glass panels surround the central (~4' x 4') opening which is hinged at the top. All fenestration throughout the house is complemented with bronze interior screens.
SDR, thank you for posting the progression of plans. Seeing the evolution of this design never fails to inspire admiration for Geiger's contribution. While the astute siting and the "idea of the thing" were undoubtedly Wright, John took rough stone and polished it into a jewel. The Zimmerman House is what it is because of him. Beautiful, serene and profoundly graceful.
Anyway, to sum it up:
Most of the plan revisions were done at Taliesin after the Zimmermans' meeting with Wright at the Plaza Hotel and subsequent correspondence. The bedroom and workspace changes Tom asked about were made before John knew he would be involved. It appears Wright himself scribbled notes on the preliminary drawing--doesn't it?
John's job on site was to make it work. We have a fascinating collection of letters written to that end. Of course, most of his suggestions were approved, including the carport changes: expansion of the closet into an 8 x 8 ft. storage shed and elimination of the block windows in the back wall--although (probably apocryphally) that idea is credited to Mrs. Zimmerman. "She wanted to see her garden when she arrived home." It is a wonderfully relaxing panorama from about 4 ft. below grade. Sort of a dog's eye view.
Good to know.
Wish I had a shot of this but another piece of razzle dazzle at Zimmerman is
the wood ceiling in the study/bedroom.
Some difficult angles come together there and it is absolutely, beautifully,
and fancifully resolved in gorgeous wood work.
The carpenters had a challenge there I imagine.
Turning the bedroom to the garden - such a simple move -
such a huge difference.
the reservation" with hexagonal and diamond-shaped plan units. He seems to have known enough not to get himself (and his boys) into impossible
situations, such as colliding two planes of striated board textures in a way that would not allow for correct mitered resolution.
That's frustrating, isn't it Victoria . . . I apologize on behalf of whoever decided that posting would be timed out. You have two chances to recover
your work, if you think fast: you can simply back up from the point where the post disappears, and it will be there---or you can think to copy your work
if you've been at a post for an extended time.
So, thanks for persevering. You appear to have familiarized yourself quite well with your "charge"---just as Spring Green has with hers, Taliesin North.
It's a pleasure to be able to sit here and reap the reward of your diligence.