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Such elegant spaces.
The page is a bit tricky to figure out––here's the direct link for the tour:
Plans of the house can be found here:
Other material here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/evandagan ... otostream/
Compare to Freeman https://ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/dims ... snap-image
Futagawa photo. He must have documented the house well---somewhere ?
Matter from Monograph 4:
Plan is oriented opposite the elevation:
Matter from Taschen II:
W A Storrer photo
The overall plan was certainly FLW through and through, but the detailing, which is a bit intense, must have been by Endo.
One question to ask would be, how loyal to Mr Wright's wishes and instructions had Endo Arata proved to be, before he was given this work to complete. The dining room with its pyramidal ceiling and (some might say) gratuitous filigree (a favorite of photographers and editors, apparently) could be ascribed to another, but the detailing is otherwise remarkably consistent, isn't it ?
I wonder if anyone has counted the copper (?) medallions which appear in a number of openings throughout. The sash and shelving, while highly original (don't you love those passage doors with their ultra-wide stiles, notched top and bottom at the joint with the rail ?), are not un-Wrightian---as I see it. In Japan Wright could let his inner Arts & Craftsman out, a bit ?
The author was the source for Sweeney's elevation drawing (p 26):
The elevation in Monograph 4 is uncredited, too. Who made these drawings---either of them ? Note minor detail differences, consistent drawing style:
Pfeiffer, in the Chronology at the back of Monograph 4, gives a date of 1918 . . . for the trifecta.
There is also the fact that, while the plans were done in American scale - feet and inches -, the elevations used the Japanese measuring system, which explains the slightly excessive height. If FLW had been on the job, the massing of Yamamura would have resembled Barnsdall more than it does.
All else is opinion, as I see it. If Wright didn't design what we see on the interior, who did ? Do we see Endo arriving at these forms on his own ? Is there other work by him that would suggest this degree of originality ?
https://www.spoon-tamago.com/2014/10/02 ... -in-japan/
There is a link on that page to a house Endo designed in 1928. This might be an occasion for another look at the so-called design principles said to characterize Wright's work, and to identify elements in the Yamamura house that do not conform to those rules.
The 30º bend in the plan raises a question, perhaps; I assume the form and topography of the site dictated this move.