Article: Martin House resumes guided tours with 2nd floor included for 1st time

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Article: Martin House resumes guided tours with 2nd floor included for 1st time

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The trapezoidal beds mentioned were in the original Hanna master bedroom. When the bedroom wing was remodeled, turning the master into a library, and moving the master into the area formerly occupied by the 3 children's bedrooms, the new bed became a large, standard bed with only one quirk: a wall phone hangs between the two halves of the bed, I imagine the cord dangling perilously close to the pillows. But that was probably the Hannas' doing.

The short beds in the Martin master bedroom are unfortunate, indeed. But along with the fuss, there should be an explanation of how many versions of a plan for the space were done to afford all the amenities the Martins wanted in their room, especially enough closet space. To some degree, the end result has to be blamed on the clients.

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Bazett and Palmer (and maybe others) also had beds to fit their modules. Louis Frank at Bazett said that making the beds was easy enough but replacing mattresses was not. They worked out an arrangement with a local factory.

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I wonder if that could have been the historic McRoskey mattress company on Market Street, at work in San Francisco from 1899. Quick: who wants to research that ?

Was just looking at the Bazett plan yesterday and noticed a full complement of hexagonal beds and couches---fitted into their spaces like bees in a honeycomb, or bedpods is some future space colony somewhere ?

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Of the plans above, the first is a period Taliesin presentation plan found at Artstor; the second drawing (a faithful as-built ?) was found in Chronicle Books' "Romanza" (1988).

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