Presley's House of the Future

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Paul Ringstrom
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Presley's House of the Future

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Scott T. has just told me about this strange FLW Fdn project...

Presley's House of the Future.

Brief story here (scroll ALL the way down to the bottom):

http://www.doney.net/aroundaz/celebrity ... klloyd.htm

Bird's Eye View:

http://is.gd/7Ddhm

Does anyone know anything else about this house?
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Re: Legacy House: Presley's House of the Future

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Paul Ringstrom wrote:Is it in the new FLW Complete Works Vol. 3 book? (I don't have one yet.)
According to the article, it's not a FLW design:

"Designed after Wright's death by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Charles R. Schiffner, Architect."


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Post by JimM »

Schiffner had long hair and Jefferson Airplane posters, which Olga made short work of. He was married to Iovanna.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

The house was an early type of environmentally sensitive structure done in the 80s at a cost of over $700K, which in those days was real money. It had the interior charm of a Motel 6 lobby with colors by Olga. It isn't worth a second glance.

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Post by m.perrino »

This house is not a part of the 'legacy' group. Was not by FLW. As stated by those above, it was designed by Charles "Lath" Schiffner, probably under the TAA banner. The name Presley came from the developer of the housing development, which is now known as Ahwatukee or Ahwatukee Foothills, it is located somewhat southeast of central Phoenix.

I was in the house when it was used as a 'model' for the development. Cutting edge in those days ( early 1980's ). I recall some harsh angles and some great orange shag carpet !

As an aside, the house itself is not far from the original Ocatillo Desert Site from 1929 - - -

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Article on the house:
http://is.gd/7IDKQ

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Post by DRN »

I recently found this set of period pics and a floor plan on the FLW Foundation site of all places...

http://fllwfoundation.tumblr.com/post/3 ... associated

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Post by SDR »

"Worst . . . sheet-metal work . . . ever." (Comic-book guy)

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Post by DRN »

"Worst . . . sheet-metal work . . . ever." (Comic-book guy)
The copper siding does seem to be "oil canning" in the blazing heat.

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More images/interiors

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More Images here(interiors etc.)

http://greginthedesert.net/2009/09/28/a ... he-future/

http://www.prairiemod.com/prairiemod/20 ... uture.html

Excellent....(Mr. Burns)

Its looks like Bruce Goff and Mr. Wright had a lovechild.
The plan is actually quite good.
The WHITE is the only negative point in my opinion.
Imagine this house built but with craftmanship (unfortunate sheet metal work- and no paint. More emphasis on the natural blocks and wood.(like the H.C. Price Residence,Phoenix)

The colors are standard taliesin pallet.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/73 ... fd41ac.jpg

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Not a "love child"; more like a "step child."

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Post by SDR »

"Bad Seed," anyone ?

I think I prefer Lloyd Wright's "Desert Dune Berm House" -- based strictly on what can be seen in one image:

http://savewright.org/wright_chat/viewtopic.php?t=6499

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Post by goffmachine »

Definately step-child. :)

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Post by DRN »

Bringing this thread forward post-outage...keywords: House of the Future; Charles "Lath" Schiffner; Ahwatukee; TAA

An updated link for my earlier link, now dead:
https://franklloydwright.org/a-showcase ... he-future/

More pics:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/fllwfounda ... ciated/amp

Pics and an audio piece:
https://kjzz.org/content/244880/did-you ... -ahwatukee


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