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Collection name:
Architecture and Urban Planning Collection
Record:
Work Record ID:
7199
Reproduction Record ID:
7199
Work Class:
Architecture
Work Type:
house
Title:
Tonkens House
Title Type:
alternate
Title:
Gerald B. Tonken's Residence
Title Type:
preferred
Creator:
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
Creator Dates:
1867-1959
Creator Nationality:
American
Creator Type:
personal
Creator Role:
architect
Date:
1955
Date Type:
creation
Location:
6980 Knoll Road, Amberley Village (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Location:
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Location Type:
site
Style Period:
Modernist
Culture:
American
Subject:
open-plan
Subject:
coffers (ceiling components)
Subject:
architectural furniture
Subject:
Usonian houses
Subject:
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Subject:
Amberley Village (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Subject:
National Register of Historic Places
Description:
Built for the automobile dealer Gerald B. Tonkens and his wife Rosalie, the low slung house features walls of windows that overlook a terrace and an interior with a hearth and fireplace that form a focus for the living area. The shell of the house is built with what Wright called "textile blocks," which were cinder blocks designed around fourteen different patterns. An interlocking grid of vertical and horizontal steel rods is set within the blocks, a technique first used by Wright in his California houses of the early 1920s. Set on a concrete slab and topped by a flat roof, deeply recessed coffers or panels form the walls and ceilings. Clear glass blocks form U-shaped bands of windows and clerestories. The blocks are stacked vertically to form columns along the window-wall of the living room and extend into the interior to form shelves on which objects can be displayed. Philippine mahogany plywood is used on the interior walls, shelves, and built-in storage units. A sense of spaciousness and light is achieved in functioning areas through ceiling heights, rising to fourteen feet in the entry and kitchen area and contracting to the lowest level in corridors. Light enters in modulated large and small window groupings through the blocks, which are of generous scale and thickness.
Information Source:
Franklin, Rosemary
Reproduction Date:
2009
Reproduction Date Type:
creation
Reproduction View:
Rear facade
Reproduction View Type:
exterior view
Reproduction Information Source:
McCachran, Matt
Reproduction Rights Statement:
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Gerald B. Tonken's Residence