gamble via gill

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Staring at a blank sheet, knowing that I want to draw something, just not knowing what to draw, sometimes I try to draw the plan of a house from memory.  This particular day I was musing over Greene & Greene’s seminal Gamble House, the high water mark of the California Craftsman bungalow.  But being my own self, obsessed with modules and keeping things on grid, I drew it a little differently, quickly observing a plan that reminded myself more of Gill than Greene.  So I ran with it.  White stucco replaces darkened shingles; Rectangular parapets take the place of deep Japanese-inspired gables; Minimally appointed Italianate colonnades take over for iron-wrapped wood posts.  What we’re left with, while deriving from the Gamble House no doubt becomes something completely different, yet all the while essentially Californian.

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