The interior pictures in my last post are from this house: Two Rivers Mansion, in Donelson, TN. It was built for David McGavock and his wife, William Elizabeth Harding, in 1859 on a 1,100-acre plantation located between the Stones River and Cumberland River (hence the name Two Rivers). Not surprisingly, both David and William came from very wealthy and prominent families in the Nashville area. David's family owned Carnton Plantation, and William's family owned Belle Meade Plantation, both of which are now museums and two of the area's best examples of Greek Revival architecture. This home, however, is one of the finest examples of early Italianate architecture anywhere, with some of the most impressive woodwork I've seen. The front doors and windows are about 12 feet tall, the ceilings look to be 15-16 feet, the door casings are about 14 inches at their widest point, the baseboards are about 16 inches tall, and all the mantels in the first floor entry hall and living spaces are marble, and then there's the front porch and elaborate cornices and window pediments on the exterior! The architect is unknown, but almost certainly the same one who designed the nearby Clover Bottom Mansion (shown in the last two pictures), which was built the year before, in 1858. #oldhouselove#archi_ologie#plantationhouse#antebellumhome#tworivers#donelsontn#italianate#italianatearchitecture#victorianstyle#victorianarchitecture#victorianhouse#old_house_obsession
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And the private facade, which Wright typically opened up with glass to the site or view. The view here is incredible, to put it mildly. After thinking so much about Wright’s failing with the Textile Blocks, this home is a testament to its offspring, the Usonian Automatic building system, as this home was in remarkably good condition, especially the blocks. They were cast personally by the Tracy’s, all 1700 of them over the course of two years in the early fifties. Wright envisioned this building system to be utilized by the common man with little to no building experience, who could make the blocks themselves, or perhaps they’d even be sold at the local hardware store, go to their site and start stacking them up like life-size Legos into the home of one’s own desires. Never caught on sadly, but the push to democratize the building process is one of Wright’s enduring legacies, a truly American approach to building, both philosophically and literally. #goodbuilding#americanarchitecture#domesticarchitecture#flw#flw150#usonian#usonianautomatic#cherokeered#concrete#redwood#modularhome#midcenturymodern#mcm#midmodmondays#normandypark#washington
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I had some of my best luck yet with #frankloydwright house hunting yesterday. I knew of this one, just a few miles south of Seattle, sitting high above the coast of the Puget Sound overlooking Vashon Island, yet hadn’t looked up a picture of it. As I drove by, I knew it instantly: One of Wright’s seven Usonian Automatics. A man was getting into his car to the leave the property, so I quickly introduced myself and asked him if he wouldn’t mind if it took a few pictures from the driveway. Well it turns out he was the preservation architect and the president of the FLW building conservancy and he was happy to show us around the back, and the interior as well. He had to jet quickly thereafter but invited us to stick around the property and take as many pictures as we pleased. What I thought would just be a drive-by of the Tracy House wound up being a pretty special experience. #goodbuilding#americanarchitecture#domesticarchitecture#flw#flw150#usonian#usonianautomatic#cherokeered#concrete#carport#modularhome#midcenturymodern#mcm#midmodmondays#normandypark#washington
From the artists:
Big Air Package, a project for the Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, was conceived in 2010 and on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013.
The sculpture was installed inside the Gasometer. It was made from 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) of polypropylene rope. The inflated envelope was 90 meters (295 feet) high, with a diameter of 50 meters (164 feet), a volume of 177,000 cubic meters (6,250,000 cubic feet) and a total weight of 5,300 kilograms (11,700 pounds). The Gasometer was built in 1928/29 to store the blast furnace gas that is generated as a by-product of the industrial processing of iron ore. It is one of the largest gas tanks in the world, 117 meters (384 feet) high by 68 meters (223 feet) in diameter.
Big Air Package could be experienced from the outside and inside. It nearly spanned the distance from wall to wall of the Gasometer, leaving only a small passage to walk around the sculpture. Airlocks allowed visitors to enter the package, which was self-supporting and kept upright by two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal.
Big Air Package was the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer, the work of art was a cathedral of air, creating a diffused light throughout the interior, muffling the usual sounds and thus generating an atmosphere of silence and tranquility.