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Some years ago, I found a faculty and alumni website for Damavand College, an English speaking institution north of Tehran that constructed a portion of a master planned campus by TAA and Wes Peters around the time of the Pearl Palace project. Some members of the community kindly posted pictures they had of the campus on the site so I could see them. Please note: with the exception of one aerial pic, these are not architectural photography focused on the buildings, they are instead snapshots of people with the buildings in the background. Nonetheless, they are about all we may ever see of a significant TAA commission that has been little known other than John Rattenbury's book.
Pics can be seen here: be sure to scroll down and look at both pages...
http://www.persepolis.com/programs/alum ... &PicPgID=0
Anybody have any idea where Villa Mehrafarin was located. I've done the GoogleEarth search in the area surrounding Chalus/Chalous with no luck. They do say on the internet that it was taken over by the local police. From the photos in the book mentioned above it looked like it was up in the hills. I did send an e-mail to Taliesin with no information received so far.Roderick Grant wrote:On pages 218-223 in "A Living Architecture, FLW and Taliesin Architects" by John Rattenbury (Pomegranate, 2000) are a few photos of both Pearl Palace and Villa Mehrafarin, a larger, more conventional building on the shores of the Caspian that the princess began to build shortly before the revolution forced her to relocate to Santa Barbara. The huge house was never finished. Only exteriors are shown, with the massive 12/12, blue, hipped, corrugated roof dominating, almost obliterating the walls below. Steve Nemtin went to Iran to oversee construction, so he might be the best source of information. Not so many years ago, several former apprentices, including Paul Bogart and Gratton Gill, went to Iran to see the buildings. I never heard what their impressions were, or even if their trip was successful. I'll ask Geiger about it.
Chalus is located about 50-60 miles straight north of Tehran, on the northern slope of the Elburz Mountains, overlooking the Caspian Sea. I'm not sure of the exact location, but it's high enough upslope to give tremendous views.jackaroux wrote:Anybody have any idea where Villa Mehrafarin was located. I've done the GoogleEarth search in the area surrounding Chalus/Chalous with no luck. They do say on the internet that it was taken over by the local police. From the photos in the book mentioned above it looked like it was up in the hills. I did send an e-mail to Taliesin with no information received so far.
The roof design was inspired by traditional thatched-roofed houses found in the area. However, only several guest houses were built before the Revolution stopped all construction.
I had viewed the aerial image detail on Google Earth from Ramsar (West of Chalus), all the way to Ashraf Pahlavi's summer estate in Nour (East of Chalus), and in addition doing a deep scouring of imagery in Chalus itself. No luck picking up an exact location for such a structure thus far from aerial imagery - unless it was dramatically altered at some point, or removed completely. Really looking to discover the exact location of Villa Mehrafarin (in Chalus?). Anyone who worked on it or had visibility to building notes/instructions might remember where it was located (right in the town, in the hills, at beach, ...).Rood wrote: Chalus is located about 50-60 miles straight north of Tehran, on the northern slope of the Elburz Mountains, overlooking the Caspian Sea. The roof design was inspired by traditional thatched-roofed houses found in the area. However, only several guest houses were built before the Revolution stopped all construction.
Closest guess I have on location is at 36Â°38'49.88"N 51Â°25'14.92"E with a large surrounding park-like area and many other structures.
http://caoi.ir/index.php/en/projects/it ... am%20Ameri
http://www.aroundtheworldin800days.com/ ... arl-palace
Wes designed the Pearl Palace, and I have a xerox copy of his original pencil sketch, but the project was large and complex ... Hence almost everyone in the draughting room eventually worked on some portion of the design, however small. I specifically recall John Hill going to Vienna to supervise the construction of the large and elaborate crystal light fixture designed for the ceiling of the dining room, and ... Cornelia Briely designed and supervised the landscaping, which was difficult, because of the heavy salt content in the local water and soilPaul Ringstrom wrote:As with most architectural firms projects completed by Taliesin Associated Architects were credited to the senior partner W.Wes Peters. The actual work was done by others.
Does anyone know who actually worked on this other than Montooth?
Another relatively minor instance: Mrs. Wright suggested young apprentices submit drawings for a mural meant to augment a fireplace ... The design selected was an abstraction of flames ... drawn by a second-year student.
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