Archie Boyd and Patricia Teater Studio-Residence, Bliss, Idaho (1952) (S.352)
(Note, Home Magazine is no longer being publishing,
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Home Magazine - October 1987
Published Monthly by Home Magazine Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of Knapp Communications Corp., Los Angeles, CA
"Learning the Wright Lessons. An aficionado of Frank Lloyd Wright recounts the 2 ½ years he spent restoring Teater’s Knoll, The architect’s only Idaho structure." Pp 38-45
By Henry Whiting II, Introduction and captions by Editor Wendy A. Silverstein
Introduction and captions by Editor Wendy A. Silverstein
Text By Henry Whiting II http://www.jetsetmodern.com/whiting.htm
Photographs by Christopher Irion http://www.irionphotography.com
Excerpts from Introduction and captions by Editor Wendy A. Silverstein
...Henry Whiting, the second owner of Teater’s Knoll, wanted a space that did more than just satisfy basic cooking and storage needs. Since there was no room to expand the original alcove kitchen, he decided to relocate it into an adjacent workshop area that original owner Archie Teater had used for stretching canvas and mixing paint.
Whiting first broke down the stud wall behind the old kitchen and the artist’s workshop. In redesigning the new kitchen’s cabinets, counters and walls he conformed to Wright’s statical and structural themes, repeating the 60- and 120-degree angles found in the original floor plan. A hexagonal skylight and interior clerestories built into a new wall illuminate the new food preparation area.
Though Wright originally specified cypress for most surfaces in the Teater kitchen, Whiting instead chose maple countertops and white oak cabinets with walnut trim. The barstools he designed for the kitchen counter were inspired by Wright’s dining room chairs.
The remodeled kitchen embodies many of Wright’s design principles. The dining area is still related to the kitchen, and there are considerably more work space and cabinets than before. Counter seating and the newly added below-counter washer and dryer give the kitchen added function. Whiting’s carefully crafted design, enveloped by the original stone walls, is his tribute to Wright.
Cover: In restoring a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed studio in Idaho, Henry Whiting preserved the architecture’s harmony and detail. Strong angularity, here based on the parallelogram, and unity with nature, exemplified by the stone fireplace, are vintage wright. Chairs, Hexagonal Tables and Standing Lamps were built by contractor Jack McNamara, from Frank Lloyd Wright designs. The andirons, grate and tools, were newly designed by former Wright apprentice Tom Casey of Taliesin Associates Architects and made by Mark Sheehan.
Page 38-39: Wright’s dining table and chairs were original to the studio. The window seats were built by contractor Jack McNamara, from Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. The Book shelves and footstools were original. The hexogonal tables and accompanying chairs are recent additions, and were built by contractor Jack McNamara, from Frank Lloyd Wright designs.
Page 40: A stepped bracket detail supports a once-sagging area of the roof.
Page 42: Henry Whiting’s new kitchen is far more spacious and practical than the original. The counter seating give the kitchen added function. The barstools Whiting designed for the kitchen counter were inspired by Wright’s dining room chairs. Note that a wooden post (embedded in the stone wall at center) is all that remains of the stud wall that once separated the original kitchen and workshop. The Kitchen door (fir), Counters (maple) and cabinets (oak with walnut trim) were custom made by Earl Englemann.
Page 45: Mark Sheehan made the andirons, grate and tools, newly designed by former Wright apprentice Tom Casey of Taliesin Associates Architects.
Photographs by Christopher Irion. Excerpts from Introduction and captions by Editor Wendy A. Silverstein. BACK