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egads



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Wright like in San Rafael Reply with quote

This listing was posted over at Lotta Living:

http://www.marinmodern.com/idx/residential/21124355/details.html

The Realtor does not name the actual architect, and only says that it's design is based on Wright's principals. In this case I don't think that's a stretch. Anybody know who done it?
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m.perrino



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this should be investigated further, as it appears to be the work of one of the apprentices.....
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KevinW



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow..thats nice, very nice. There were many former apprentices in Nor Cal in the late 1950's...looks in beautiful condition, even has hassocks, etc...beautiful home.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gee whiz, that's gorgeous. Unknown architect ? We're missing somebody, clearly. I don't believe it's anybody obvious, such as Olof Dahlstrand or . . . who ? Hmph . . .

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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The realtor, Cari Gennarelli, confirms that the architect was a student of FLW. Unfortunately he did not give me his name.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we're all students of Wright here . . . !


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Education Professor



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a wonderful Usonian with first-rate craftsmanship....wow! I wonder if the realtor knows the name of the apprentice? Mr. Ringstrom, could your powers of persuasion be effective with the realtor? I believe the listing notes a construction date of 1958.

I don't believe this house is one of the designs by Olof Dahlstrand based upon the book I have about his work, but I'll double-check to make sure.

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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, this is someone else, who (even more than Dahlstrand) absorbed the orthodoxy of the second or third-generation Usonian -- minus the board-and-sunk-batten detail -- and applied it to his own needs. Unique elements are few: I don't recall a Wright house with obscure-glass glazing, and Wright Usonians with a butted-glass inside corner (as seen near the dining table of this house) must be quite rare. The cabinetry, with its signature pulls, are probably unique as well. But the faithful application of Wright's own formal and material choices is otherwise remarkable, I'd say.

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Paul Ringstrom



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have asked the Realtor for the architect's name but have not received a reply yet.
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Wrighter



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a real beauty! I don't know the area at all--how's the price compared to the neighborhood? From a distance, it seems pretty reasonable, for as pristine as the condition looks.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what little I know about real estate prices in the area, this seems like something close to a bargain . . .


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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm smitten...
Looks like a house HB would have clambered to publish in the Elizabeth Gordon/John deKoven Hill days. Sadly, its all too rare to see a 1958 house like this that hasn't been mucked up.

Is the vanity mirror canted back to allow facial reflection even with a lower mounting height?...presumably to allow the natural light from the eave window above it? Slicko!
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KevinW



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to take a guess that the house was designed by Lois Gottlieb.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earl Nisbet thinks the Architect could be Mary Joy Barnett, who was an apprentice the same time as Earl..early 1950's, and practiced in Marin County.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earl was correct...Mary Joy Barnett!
http://www.marinmodern.com/blog/201-spring-grove-frank-lloyd-wright-inspired-home-in-san-rafael.html
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