WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD.

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Lot 3196
WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD.

Sold for US$ 12,200 inc. premium

Fine Books and Manuscripts

23 Jun 2010, 13:00 EDT

New York

WRIGHT, FRANK LLOYD.
BLUEPRINTS FROM FALLINGWATER.
Group of 13 original blueprints, many with pencil calculations, diagrams and notation on the versos, Bear Run, PA, summer of 1936.
1. Guest Wing 'Fallingwater' Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. 21 by 36 inches. Two copies. First one with hundreds of pencil calculations and a small sketch of a curving wall on verso. Second labeled on verso: "Kaufmann. Tracings & Perspectives" and with scheme for the parapet.
2. Architectural view of the waterfall running between the main house and the guest wing. 23 by 34 inches. Heavily creased and with bleached spots.
3. Standard Detail Sheet. Frank Lloyd Wright Architect. 34 by 36 inches. Showing sections of dozens of partitions.
4. Plot Plan. E.J. Kaufman Residence Bear-Run. 15 by 21 ½ inches. With calculated pencil sketch of the curved wall planned to span the river on verso.
5. Living Room. Kaufmann House. Frank Lloyd Wright. 19 by 26 inches. With some indications of doors and other marks in yellow pencil. The blueprint includes images of the fireplace and hearth and of the dining table.
6. Car Court Wall. 10 by 32 inches. With pencil sketches and calculations on verso.
7. Revised Drawing Kaufmann House, July 27, 1936. 27 by 25 inches. With plans of both floors of the main house. Damaged.
8. 5 further blueprints, various sizes.

Working blueprints from the construction of the Kaufmann residence, better known as Fallingwater. These blueprints apparently derive from the estate of Walter Hall, the primary contractor on the project. Hall, Wright, and indeed Kaufmann all argued at great length and expense about the plausibility of engineering a house cantilevered over the falls. At one point Kaufmann brought in consulting engineers who built a support wall for the cantilever. When Wright discovered the wall, he removed the top row of stones without informing Kaufmann thereby proving that the cantilever could hold without the wall's support. In that context, the extensive pencil calculations and sketches are of particular interest. The blueprints give every evidence of being used at a construction site next to a waterfall, with extensive chipping, tears and stains, about 3 with significant loss.
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