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Paul Ringstrom
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FLW's Forgotten House

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

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Re: FLW's Forgotten House

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That was the most intelligent, substantive, and well written interview with an author plugging a book I have ever read.

Makes me want to buy a book.

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The right interviewer; the right interviewee. How often does that happen . . .? Good stuff.

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I have located 10 drawing sheets for ASBH Model 203, the hipped-roof version of this house, in the Artstor files. I found five of the drawings by scanning the thumbnail images on the 22 pages of files under "Wright Richards"---where they were scattered randomly---before discovering that they could be easily found by adding the seven-digit Taliesin file numbers for the drawings to the query box. So, "Wright Richards 1506.292" brings up the first of the ten drawings, the floor framing plan.

The list:
1506.292 Floor framing plan
1506.293 Ceiling joist plan
1506.294 Wall stud plan
1506.295 Front, rear elevations
1506.296 Long section
1506.297 Roof plan
1506.298 Side, entry elevations
1506.299 Cross section
1506.300 Basement plan
1506.301 Floor plan

https://library.artstor.org/#/search/Wr ... =1;size=48

The flat-roofed version of the design, Model 201, with its attractive horizontal moldings tying exterior openings to each other, is found just prior to Model 203---that is, before .292---in the file. I didn't look for Model 202, the gable roofed version.

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Re: FLW's Forgotten House

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Charming house, not unlike the small cottage on Burnham.

The porch, as shown in the elevation, was intended to be open, while as-built it may have been enclosed, or enclosed at a later date. I wonder if that element, which was, or was to be, quite handsome, will be restored. In the Wisconsin climate, it is not unreasonable to enclose a porch that could not otherwise be used during inclement conditions, but I noticed, in my Minnesota youth, that even enclosed porches were unlikely to be used during the winter. Ours was just the space traversed from the storm door to the front door during the winter, while in summertime, 4 of the storm windows were replaced with screens, which made it a pleasant place on hot summer evenings.

Also, the exterior walls were intended to be stucco. Is the existing board finish original or not? Even the chimney is clapboard! I cannot imagine FLW wanting that.

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Those who, having chased down the drawings of ASBH A-203, wonder (as I did)why the front of the house is not L-shaped

https://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles ... awings.jpg

will come to realize that the house has been placed on its lot "sideways"---that is, with the entrance at the side of the house rather than facing the street. The difference between the detailing of the two horizontal window bands is owing to the fact that one of them originally served the open-air porch. Although it might have been possible for a conscientious owner to carefully mimic Wright's unique fenestration detailing, this was---all too understandably---not done.


One wants to keep an eye on writer Bobby Tanzilo. His piece on the ASBH project links the reader to another of his columns:
https://onmilwaukee.com/articles/baby-bogk-house

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Here is that plan. As drawn it is oriented as built, with the long living-room window band facing the street (if we assume the street to be at the bottom of the sheet). As the subject house has its (added) porch widows on the right instead of the left, we can know that the plan has been flopped, so the entrance and porch are on the right instead of the left.


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The construction drawings for the model A203 show the Front Elevation as the side with the garden - 32 feet wide with 24 feet of window or porch opening(s). It is also the side featuring the most dramatic chimney view/perspective.

Drawing 1506.295 shows the floor plan as intended https://elizabethmurphyhouse.files.word ... 06.295.jpg

*Front / Rear Elevation. American System-Built (Ready-Cut) houses for The Richards Company, Floor Plan, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives: architectural drawings, ca. 1885–1959. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York) 1506.295

The Elizabeth Murphy House was constructed in mirror opposite to the plan - since the existing house to the east was slightly more set back than the house on the west, offering a clearer view to the walk /street from the porch. The composite discussed above and shown here https://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles ... awings.jpg was created for promotional purposes and the draftsman (presumably Russell Williamson) turned the floor-plan to fit four views onto one page.

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I have read A LOT of books on FLW, but this one may be one of the best. The author, a non-academic, writes in a clear crisp way and his insights into FLW, RBW and Arthur Richards are quite unique and based on the facts at hand. I encourage you to read this book.

BTW: The original stucco did not last, thus the siding. The open porch was enclosed and heated and became the master bedroom at one point, in order to add more sq ft to the original 960 sf house.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Chiming in just to let everyone know that the Conservancy is working with Nicholas Hayes to offer a virtual tour of the Murphy House this coming weekend! It's free for Conservancy members, you just need to register online. Details are here: https://savewright.org/events/conservancy-events/

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Re: FLW's Forgotten House

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Paul Ringstrom wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:17 am
I have read A LOT of books on FLW, but this one may be one of the best. The author, a non-academic, writes in a clear crisp way and his insights into FLW, RBW and Arthur Richards are quite unique and based on the facts at hand. I encourage you to read this book.
Paul,
I am touched to read this. I was hoping to use the record to represent relationships that were so strained at the end as to be worthy of omission. Hope you don't mind that we made yours the featured quote on a book-feedback page: https://elizabethmurphyhouse.com/2021/0 ... ten-house/. Let me know if you'd like it clawed back.
Please visit. We're one state apart.
Thanks again, Nick

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