- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (March 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823071782
- ISBN-13: 978-0823071784
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: Designs for Moderate Cost One-Family Homes Paperback – March 1, 1984
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The book is not without flaws. Some of the floor plans are so tiny that they are difficult to analyze. And the floor plans have no captions labeling each individual room; the reader is left to decipher the plans on his/her own. But these drawbacks aside, this is an excellent work.
Sergeant has truly captured the innovative power of Wright's genius. Look at the clustered circles of the Jester house project, the interlocking hexagons of the Bazett house, or the bold "solar-hemicycle" of the second Jacobs house, and you will get a sense of Wright's remarkable vison. Virtually every page brings a stunning image or insight. If you are fascinated by Wright's work in home architecture, you will love this book.
WHAT? After five minutes of staring at the floor plan, I finally deduce that this must be some reference to a group of unmarked "things" there in what must be the living room. Of course, nothing is marked, and I still can't be sure what this sentence means because there are no useful photos or sketches to clarify the point. Lack of decent illustrations makes this book a nightmare to read. Another example, Page 68: "... utility... sensations...and...materials all make the Pew house, for me, the greatest of Wright's late career." This is accompanied by a single 3" x 5" high contrast, B&W photo of the house from a distance, partially obscured by trees. The author calls it the greatest work of Wright's career, and it is impossible to tell what it looks like.
Thank goodness I also bought "The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion" so I can actually see some decent photos and floorplans. This book could just as well be written in Braille.
Wright started with the Jacobs House, built in the late 30's, which got the ball rolling. With a lot of sweat and material contributions by the owners, they were able to keep the cost near the $5000 budget Wright had set. He wanted these homes to be affordable, clean, efficient dwellings that reflected his streamlined view of America. Wright abhorred the wasteful society America had become, and envisioned a "Broadacre City" that would satisfy Americans' insatiable appetite for detached homes, without destroying the landscape in the process. He incorporated many passive solar features into these homes, relied on natural materials, and as always created an open plan that characterized the democratic nature of society.
More enticing books are now available on Usonian homes, but Sergeant's book is a good place to start in getting an impression of the quality of these homes, and how they came to shape America's suburban lifestyle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Iin process of planning on a Usonian style residence and wanted this resource. I've owned it in the past so I knew the contents. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ronald Bown
Delivered quickly! Nice price - nice book. It was noticeably used but, just like new. Thanks!Published 16 months ago by Tom Dean
This is the book to get if you want to see most of the moderate cost one-family homes Frank Lloyd Wright designed call Usonian Houses. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mortone
(This is meant as a cautionary note if you're seeking out useful books on the Usonian house design.)
This book (a paperback published in 1984) is the same as the... Read more
Building my Wright Library this is of particular interest to fans of the Usonian Houses. It will reveal the mystery.Published on September 5, 2013 by Jeffery W. Ford
John Sergeant (now Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Cambridge University) wrote this book in the mid 1970's (published 1976) after visiting every Usonian, interviewing many of... Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Fred McGhee
This book was very insightful for me... It provided me with detailed information into the world of the Usonian concept. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by AB