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Note, presumably a dark steel section profile in sketch below. That seems like an odd placement given the plan:
The first page in the file is unique to the project and to Wright's work in general as far as I can tell - this page shows a construction of glazed ceramic tile (!) filled with plaster reinforced with metal links:
https://library.artstor.org/#/search/ar ... e=1;sort=1
Perhaps the table is intended to be pulled out for large gatherings.
(But the thought of so many people sitting in that arrangement is just bizarre.)
Also, the "plan in caste block" is very interesting..!
https://library.artstor.org/#/asset/285 ... 0542023115
Thanks for posting this.
McCallum seems to be a sloping site with the hill highest in the rear of the property.
The "caste block" plan seems to have an almost pre-Usonian layout, with the living room "open side" facing the street. I'd suppose this is the reason for the shielding nature of the blocks and the omission of a window wall... On this plan, the "view" still looks downslope (to the street).
But for the first plan, with its many drawings, the living room "expands/releases" the other direction, away from the street, and therefore into the slope.... I don't believe a Usonian has ever done that. Wright seemed to always want his view to look down the slope.
Very interesting stuff... My guess is Wright hated this site.
Yet regarding the block construction - at first glance I assumed a concrete fill, but second look says the blocks are filled with plaster. The inner ring of metal is called out as some kind of "basket".