Building with Frank Lloyd Wright: An Illustrated Memoir

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SIU Press, 1978 - Architecture - 147 pages
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This is the first-hand account of a young couple who in 1936 challenged Wright to produce a decent house for $5,000. Wright responded with the in­novations—floor heating, flat roof, con­crete floor, solid walls, grouping of utili­ties, carport, seclusion from the street but openness to a garden through banks of door windows—that made their house the revolutionary “Usonia Num­ber One.”

 

Within five years the Jacobs moved to the country, where Wright designed the “Solar Hemicycle,” which featured a windfoil design and the passive solar con­struction that became the prototype for such buildings. The 89 illustrations show the construction and important details of both houses.

 

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Contents

A Challenge Tossed Back
3
The Backward House
11
Working Drawings and a Double Shock
17
Construction Begins
26
Lets Start Living In It
41
To Live Inside a Picture
48
The Picture Changes
57
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List of Illustrations
143
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About the author (1978)

Herbert Jacobs is a retired reporter, photographer, and editor for the Mil­waukee Journal and the Madison Capital Times. He was also an instructor in jour­nalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Katherine Wescott Jacobs, sis­ter of writer Glenway Wescott and articu­late advocate of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a professional sculptor.

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