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Interiors, Solar Hemicycle, FLW, Murray Harris
Submitted by frane on Fri, 01/21/2011 - 4:51pm
Interior of Solar Hemicycle, c. 1960
Here's a good example of "eclectic"! Since I live in Arizona, much of my collection is/was produced here, but I like to include examples of other cultures that may have contributed to the inspiration for Arizona artwork. The ceiling of my house was unfortunately painted white by a previous owner... it was originally stained wood, as dictated by the Frank Lloyd Wright influence for it. The house was built by an avowed apprentice of his, Murray Harris, about whom not much is known. The house includes all the major features of a FLW "Solar Hemicycle", including a fire pit, all natural materials, glass-to-glass corners, and roof leaks! The entire Northeast side of the house is bermed into the hillside; the Southwest side is all glass, with cantilevered decks.
Any information about Murray Harris, who also worked in Phoenix during the 50's and 60's would be greatly appreciated. He claimed to be an apprentice to FLW and claimed to have even worked on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo with FLW. Unfortunately, when he was not made a partner in a prestigious architectural firm in Phoenix, his presence simply left "the radar".
Another fortunate quality to this design is the fact that the entire length of the house is lined in the interior (no hallways) with bookcases and storage. FLW might turn over in his grave to see the current decorating, which I refer to as "storage" instead of "decorating"... Most of the furniture is MCM Danish, and dining room is MCM pottery and dinnerware.