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by SDR
Sun May 09, 2021 4:29 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

On one of the three site plans we have for the exhibition, the property adjacent to the Exhibition House is marked "vacant lot." Perhaps, after visiting the site and discovering that he had been misinformed, Mr Wright returned (as recounted by Besinger) and directed that the "boys" raise the roof ? ...
by SDR
Sun May 09, 2021 3:33 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

Well, NNE by SSW, then. But why would this Usonian need more light than most others of its kind ? There is no living-room skylight, nor a band of 30-inch tall clerestories wrapping the corner opposite the view windows, in any of them (those, that is, that preceded this design). Would the house have ...
by SDR
Sun May 09, 2021 3:18 pm
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Topic: Best Wright Biography
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Views: 30

Re: Best Wright Biography

Manson, at least, had the good fortune to write his book while his subject was alive---by a year. When was it that Wright wrote (or said) "[Manson] knows more about me than I do" ?

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by SDR
Sun May 09, 2021 12:47 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

Okay---you twisted my arm, so here's apprentice Curtis Besinger on his experience with the project. In his last caption to the photos of the Exhibition House, in "The Natural House," Mr Wright mentions the "14 boys of the Taliesin Fellowship" who assisted in the construction of the exhibit, led by "...
by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 6:51 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

First section drawing of the 1953 Exhibition House. The need for light, or volume, or some combination of the two, has not yet sunk in. The unbuilt 1940 exhibition house, to be built in the garden behind MoMA, was similarly indistinguishable from a standard Usonian in the matter of clerestory and ro...
by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 6:10 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

That astute observation leads naturally to the question of what the architect took as his (self-imposed) brief?: Was he designing for a city building site ? For this particular bit of ground ? Or was he designing for what he knew would be his most likely client, Mr and Mrs Suburban ? He was able, at...
by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 1:43 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

To complete an introduction to the 1953 exhibition and its Usonian house, here are images of the exterior, showing the house at the 89th Street end of the site. Photos by Guerrero of the exterior and interior of the site, and a view drawing made at Taliesin, place the house relative to the exhibitio...
by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 12:42 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

Details from the photos in the book, showing how the perforated panels were employed at the bedroom windows.

Wright calls them "patterned shutters" in the book.


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by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 12:31 pm
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Topic: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House
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Re: Lost 1953 NYC Wright Exhibition House

S.369, S.370 New York Exhibition House and Pavilion (1953) New York, New York Demolished After opening in the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, and touring Europe, the exhibit "Sixty Years of Living Architecture" came to New York City, It was housed in the [Pavilion adjacent to the] Usonian Exhibition Hous...
by SDR
Sat May 08, 2021 10:55 am
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Topic: Perf Collection
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Views: 454

Re: Perf Collection

Early published photos of the Christie house with its perfs in place.


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by SDR
Fri May 07, 2021 10:58 pm
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Topic: Perf Collection
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Views: 454

Re: Perf Collection

Thanks for the reply. I can't take credit for any of the photos posted above; they are all from printed or online sources. I really should credit each one; most of them are cropped detail from an original composition. I'm surprised, looking at them today, how many of them are of the continuous type-...
by SDR
Fri May 07, 2021 6:45 pm
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Topic: Perf Collection
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Re: Perf Collection

It is wonderful to hear from a collector of Wright's perfs and other artifacts. A collector who owns perfs from different houses will be in a position to observe first-hand the variations in their construction. Usonian perfs were typically designed either to be separated by mullions (as I described ...
by SDR
Fri May 07, 2021 6:20 pm
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Topic: Perf Collection
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Re: Perf Collection

Now that laser- or CNC-cutting of wood is routine, I can think of no better use for these techniques than to create a complete collection of Usonian perfs---at one scale or another. In the meantime, owners of original and full-sized perf panels might think about how best to display their treasures. ...
by SDR
Fri May 07, 2021 5:51 pm
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Topic: FLW and the Architects of Steinway Hall: A Study in Collaboration
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Re: FLW and the Architects of Steinway Hall: A Study in Collaboration

Nicholas Hayes's new book on the Shorewood ASBH cottage presents Wright as the victim of a scheme gone awry; here we seem to have the opposite pole addressed---Wright as a less-than-wholly-original designer ? One will have to read, to see if that is in fact the tenor of the work. One-sentence review...
by SDR
Thu May 06, 2021 1:25 pm
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Topic: Well maintained Ted van Fossen 1957 house
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Re: Well maintained Ted van Fossen 1957 house

Thanks for that, Modmom. I'm learning more about this man from you than from any other source. Is he worthy of a monograph ? Of course he is . . . This is a remarkable house. Is the plan Y-shaped, X-shaped, K-shaped ? Neither perhaps---but the fully-glazed dining "corridor" is reminiscent of the one...