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LottaLiving.com • Early 50s Kodak slides of a modernist home under constructio
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Early 50s Kodak slides of a modernist home under constructio

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 10:26 am
by dilettante
Recently, I was sent a CD full of digitized Kodak slides from the early 1950s, showing a Wrightian home during, and shortly after, construction. While time has taken its toll on some of these images, I thought a few members might like to see the vehicles, tools, construction methods, and day-to-day artifacts and attire of an earlier time. In some of the views, the Redwood looks so fresh one can almost smell it.

The slides can be seen .

Building Photos

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:07 am
by Josquin
You can really feel the fascination the photographer had with the shadows patterns cast by the cut outs in the roof of the entry way. I really like the storage doors in the carport and all the other small details that make Dahlstrand's houses so wonderful. Thanks, Dilettante, for the photo spread.

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:37 pm
by jesgord
dilettante, thanks for posting these. Truly inspirational to see this house in these various stages of construction. Makes me want to go to architecture school :idea:

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:48 pm
by Izzy
mmmmmm.... i love old slides.
very nice, thank you for posting.
Love the one of the guy and little girl bbq'ing,
:burger:

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:19 pm
by Catman
Just amazing stuff. :P

Wonder how the house look today.
Again very inspiring.
Thanks for posting. :cheers:

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:26 pm
by home_boy
Kodachrome
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, Oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:38 pm
by dilettante

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:23 pm
by modernvintage

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:54 pm
by SDR
What a pleasure. We're so used to seeing these construction photos in black and white; finally the age turns, and we see Kodachrome slides, with their rounded corners and various minor color loss. Heartwarming. Fresh new block and wood.

I can usually identify mid-century cars, even British ones -- but that little green roadster is elusive.

SDR

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:16 am
by Joe
wow!

what a treat

thanks

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:31 pm
by VMacek
I'm just amazed at how earthy and comfortable plain cement blocks look here! If I could build my home from scratch I'd like it to feel like this one.

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:05 pm
by SDR
None of Wright's purest Usonian houses employs the humble CMU (concrete masonry unit, or concrete block). To bad: this Dahlstrand home shows how effective the combination of wood, block and glass can be in the right hands. The Jacobs, Rosenbaum, Pope or Sturges houses of Wright would have been as fine with block as with brick, in my opinion.

A refinement of standard block is said to be block which has been sandblasted. This is said to impart a smooth, velvety texture. . .

SDR

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:11 pm
by googieagog
Great photos, thanks so much for posting this.

Note the wood walls are stud construction, not the sandwich walls used by Wright. Good move, they're much easier to wire/plumb and are much more stable over time. Look at the heft of those 2x4's, back when they really were 2x4. Also note the cross bracing -- very elegant & efficient use of material, but labor intensive. Framing carpenters now just shoot in some blocking.

Looks like the horizontal mortar joints are raked, but the verticals aren't. Another Wright trick to highlight the horizontal lines.

That shot of the lighted carport and walkway at night is wonderful, like a still from a movie.

Posted: Wed May 21, 2008 6:15 pm
by Dallasmodern
Just as relevant and to date fifty years later…
Thanks for the pics.