John Hickman and Roy K. Varenhorst, apprentices

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Paul Ringstrom
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John Hickman and Roy K. Varenhorst, apprentices

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Is anyone here familiar with this building?

http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog ... e-not.html

According to Geiger...
Hickman was a 1946 apprentice
Varenhorst was a 1957 apprentice
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

peterm
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Post by peterm »

"...the design is known as a Unisonian..."

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Post by SDR »

I heard that Mr Wright said to someone, once, that he wanted to use the term Unisonian but that it had already been taken, in the future. Besides, he said, it was too "busy" -- recalling to mind his other mot, ". . .seventeen lines, where fourteen are sufficient, is an obscenity" . . .

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Michael Shuck
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Razing Century II

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Century II is a lovely building. It is constantly being used. Two years ago there was a report it would be razed in order to start drilling oil wells under it because of the belief that it sits on a large oil reserve. Turns out it was the work of developers wanting to erect new buildings on its site including a large parking area.

Century II is an icon to all Kansans. There was an uproar in the community two years ago at the mention of its razing. It is doubtful any movement to destroy it will be successful. Wichita has a strong activist culture and a strong affection for its historic (by whatever definition) architecture.

Remember that Wichita is the home of the Allen-Lambe home and that the Hoult home was supposed to have been built in the Wichita area. The Hoult house was one of the first Usonian plans. FLW's other design here is the Corbin Education Center, one of the last of Wright's designs.

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Post by SDR »

Thanks, Mike. More photos here . . .

http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/12/305481 ... ry-ii.html

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ICTFrankFan
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Century II Convention Center in Wichita

Post by ICTFrankFan »

Hickman's Century II design was heavily influenced by works of FLW in style, textures and form; most strongly to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Hickman borrowed many details from it, including the fountains outside.
...and also note Grady Grammage Auditorium at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. There's no mistaking where the repetitive semicircular motif originated. Examples to follow on my next post.


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Post by SDR »

FrankFan's photos posted with correct protocol:


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Post by Roderick Grant »

Wes Peters should get at least equal credit with FLW for Grady Gammage. In Vol. 3 #4, 1980, pp 10-16, of Tom Heinz' FLW Newsletter is an article by Stephen D. Helmer (anyone know him?) about the design and construction of Gammage, showing drawings from Bahgdad through ASU. It went through significant changes after FLW's death which make it almost as much a Peters design as the Robert Mueller House is a Marian Mahony design.

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Post by JimM »

Roderick Grant wrote:Wes Peters should get at least equal credit with FLW for Grady Gammage. In Vol. 3 #4, 1980, pp 10-16, of Tom Heinz' FLW Newsletter is an article by Stephen D. Helmer (anyone know him?) about the design and construction of Gammage, showing drawings from Bahgdad through ASU. It went through significant changes after FLW's death which make it almost as much a Peters design as the Robert Mueller House is a Marian Mahony design.
Some bedtime reading....as long as you retire early!

Note: the pages appeared side by side during the preview prior to posting....excuse my unwillingness to take the time to find out what went awry.

The Newsletter often included an elevation by various people of a Wright house; Robie happened to top this page. A graphic design by architects, apprentices, or others always appeared running from the back cover across to the front cover (example by John Howe follows article). Roderick often refers to the newsletter, and during its run contained numerous in depth articles.
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Post by JimM »

Note the photo on the back cover of the Newsletter... who else would find it completely natural to hoist their foot right onto the seat of the chair!

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Post by SDR »

Black and blue, somewhere . . . he said.

Get your foot off that chair, Mister !

I'll make him black and blue. Why, I oughta . . .

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Post by DRN »

Linking this thread with the Heritage Auctions sale of drawings, prints and specs "collected" by Roy K. Varenhorst during his time at Taliesin in 1957-1958.

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... 0face6b15e

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Post by JimM »

Sorry, I stopped using Photobucket and they apparently found it retaliatory to blur the images of the Newsletter which they obviously still had!

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