House in SW Indiana by Wes Peters ca. 1935

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Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Thanks for posting this. Good to know the house is in the local consciousness and will be preserved. I suppose the proposed move is the product of the house's small size <600SF and the viability of it being used on its present site in this day and culture as a house?

The detailed coverage of the house in the Evansville newspaper in the 1930's was probably related to Wes' father's position as editor of the newspaper.

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The move is a pleasant surprise. The house looks so lost in its present position vis-a-vis the neighbors.

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The original drawings are a boon. Congratulations to Adam Green for his swell "period" presentation sheet ! (Is that Mr Wright and Wes, in the courtyard ?)

An obvious update to the plan would be the inclusion of the kitchen into the living space -- more acceptable today, and even in the years following the construction of this little oaken "acorn."

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So who owns the house now? It certainly cleaned up nicely from the original set of pictures. A complete restoration would make the place shine. It shouldn't take too much money to move such a small house. Do we know what their estimate is for relocation/restoration?
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This is a gem. The way the bedrooms open up to the living area is interesting. Good for air flow.

What happened to Wes' obvious talent? Perhaps he should never have been given a compass; his obsession with circles did him little good in later years.

3 questions:

The tiny closet at the corner of the kitchen, opening outside (probably for a garbage can) is topped by an odd configuration that, according to period photos, was built, but is no longer extant. What is that about? Just a design feature?

There are two fenced enclosures by the entrance. What were they? I suppose one may have been for firewood, but what about the other?

Is that a Northwest Orient flight headed toward Minneapolis?

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Here's a Wright design from 1900 whose double-square plan reminds me of the West Peters scheme . . .


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The plan on the 45 is similar, yes. The Wes Peters house has a flat roof, "Dwelling" a hipped....

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It's the plan I cite. Like the Peters plan it is symmetrical about a diagonal. The mystery Oakland house also has a partial lower floor, with bedrooms. I am trying to think of another such superimposed-squares plan I may have seen . . . somewhere.

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The fireplaces are very much in the style of WBG ... with one in the corner of the dining room, like Schroeder.

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Isn't that snippet of text interesting: "This enigmatic drawing was discovered during restoration of the studio at Taliesin in the early 1960's."

I wonder what's the rest of that story? I guess by the "early 1960's" there wouldn't have been anyone around with knowledge that far back of minor things stuck in the back of a drawer.

Also, is it curious that he would have a commission in Oakland as early as 1900 ?

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