Monday, April 21, 2008

Channeling the ghost of Frank Lloyd Crap

There's not much to say other than we think you'll agree that this building at 481 18th Street in Brooklyn is an architectural abortion.

And here he is: The man, the myth, the legend...the crap.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good Grief Charlie Brown! It actually scared me. Then I made the mistake of staring at it and I got dizzy.

Jason in Kew Gardens said...

This thing looks so plastic, I thought the picture was a computer rendering at first.

Anonymous said...

It's so obvious that distorted minds will be the occupants of this Frank Lloyd Crapster.

Anonymous said...

Wright never designed anything remotely resembling that thing...

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Queens Crapper said...

But Frank Lloyd Crap did!

CJ said...

Throw A bag over it.

Anonymous said...

Its a junior version of the crap that LPC approved for the East Side where that doctor blew up his house.

Anonymous said...

Actually it looks like Piscasso's idea of a house.

Anonymous said...

While not my personal taste, I think it is an interesting house. Most likely a 1 family. The house next door with its falling apart aluminum siding and no front yard, is no prize winning architectural masterpiece. You cant say this is not in context with the rest of the neighborhood since it is not much taller than the surrounding buildings. It does in fact look very different, but in this case, I don't think its a bad thing. Its better than some plain red brick version of the neighboring houses.

Queens Crapper said...

According to the permits, it's a 3-family.

Frank Lloyd Crap said...

I think the reference to the architectural master refers to the use of stone and having exterior surfaces on different planes.

Wright used these design elements in ingenious ways, not in the shameful slap-together style of this piece of diarrhea.

Anonymous said...

It's just perfect for you art fags.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to Chicago next month and can't wait to see some real architecture in their neighborhoods. Frank Lloyd Wright would spin in his grave at the sight of this junk.

frank lloyd wrong said...

This house faces the section of the Prospect Expressway where the roadway is actually about three stories below the grade of 18th Street in a trench of sorts. While that may sound awful, there is actually an amazing amount of light during sunsets because there are no houses on the other side of the street. The house design with its bunker style windows does not take advantage of this beautiful soft orange light in any way. When you compare this home with all the other crap in the S Slope, it comes out looking like a national treasure.

Anonymous said...

Thats great. I think its architecturaly beautiful.
Different strokes for differant folks.

ken said...

portraiture of Frank Lloyd Crap :D

Anonymous said...

q crapper...you are hilarious, but this house looks great, take some design classes at pratt or parsons. this is not a fedders job, nor some gross recreation of the bygone days, nice example of modern architecture within an appropriate contextual scale.

Queens Crapper said...

If this is what they teach is good design at Pratt or Parsons, I'll stick with my CUNY education.

Anonymous said...

I really can’t take you seriously…You live in Queens. My goal is to make Brooklyn look as little like Queens as possible. You can keep your R5B lots(this is my r5b Lot you photo’d) with the ugly set backs and selfishly ugly off street parking, Your Cheaply built plywood houses encapsulated in Faux brick or stone. Wow, I’m sorry...The last time I checked, Faux Brick (a.k.a. thin brick) , EIFS( Fake stucco over Styrofoam) and faux anything was just that faux. No, I’ve had enough of these Play dough looking houses popping up all over Brooklyn.
I’ve built a home.. not a movie set prop like you guys build in Queens. My house is made from steel and concrete, There is nothing Faux about it… The materials where inspired by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Core10 steel, Concrete, Exposed fasteners. My color palette derives from materials that have withstood the tests of time yet live harmoniously with nature. This House is a celebration of strength, craftsmanship and our ability to rationalize. Using Sustainable materials that require no maintenance whatsoever was a conscious and rational decision. Deciding to not shape the house like a wedding cake another rational decision, I exist, We exist and within the invisible box that NYC zoning draws around land that I own, That we Occupy their actually is possibility. I don’t want to live in an inorganic Brooklyn. It’s angles pay homage to mathematics and the great mathematicians I won’t begin to try and explain it to you because your obviously from queens and thus by default somewhat retarded. It would be over your head. The Name of My Construction company is AUFBAU (also a play on mathematics and the construction of …oh wait a sec I’m writing this as if you ever pondered anything of importance..)So let me try to spell it out for all of you
Frank Lloyd Crapper is a Real estate Broker. Thus cannot be trusted. NY Real estate Brokers would eat their young if they thought there was a commission in it.
Real Estate Brokers Have No taste. It’s a Fact. It’s Always been the Residents ( in most cases The gays, the Artists and the intellectuals) Who invest in sweat equity That make Neighborhoods Like Williamsburg, Park slope and Soho so very appealing. The Real Estate Brokers (like the little filthy maggots they are) Come in and ruin it for everyone. The very people who made the neighborhood so appealing usually can no longer afford to live there and you end up with The Williamsburg of today… plenty of Posing and Posturing…I remember the Old Williamsburg where you’d go out to a bar in dusty overalls after working in your loft all day and meet other artists , Not very successful at appealing to the masses but perfectly content to barely make it after buying art materials and a pint or two of beer. So with all due respect Frank Lloyd Crapper, I’ve made my bones in the neighborhoods you’ve pillaged. I’ve been here before, a Bit earlier then this. But this time I’m an Owner.
Why don’t you post a picture of your house? You’ve posted a picture of mine. The irony is this has nothing to do with anything but the fact that I won’t use you as my real estate broker or You are trying to sell the new condo’s three doors down from me. So you post frivolous blogs and try to place a negative spin on something that you can’t have or understand. You as a simpleton can never be a part of this. You can say green all you want, But we both know you have no idea of what green is, in your head as a slimy sleazy real estate person Green means more money, nothing to do with the environment. Which brings me to the other point All the materials used in my house are 100% RECYCLED OR SUSTAINABLE. Not as a selling point but because I have common sense and two kids who actually had to live their lives after I die.
Frank Lloyd Wright wouldn’t have the Balls to attempt to design anything on a 25 x 101 ft lot within the parameters of the 1961 zoning resolution. If he did it would look pretty crappy. Oh And to frank Lloyd wrong We Do get the most amazing light …they are called sky lights…I’m not a fan of the voyeuristic Full wall of windows, It’s too Late 80’s and “showy”. The Apartments are spacious and modern with Energy star rated Central Air, Radiant heat, fire places and Modern Appliances. I refused to use Granite countertops because Frank Lloyd Crapper and all of his other real estate Dummies Insist on using it..Which means its passé, cliché and most likely something that you could find at Home Depot. I’m truly sorry I’m not a fan of Beige bricks and fake Pink Stucco in my back yard. I’m sorry You’ll never see an inflatable Santa Clause waving in my front yard at the holidays. I apologize for failing to recognize the architectural Importance of Faux Nautical stainless steel railings and little brass Helm wheels playfully dancing on top of ornate finials with…yep you guessed it Brass rope designs spinning around them. I’m sorry My homes design doesn’t include the use of any columns and Faux Italianate railings made from Faux stone. I apologize for not using That fake “old looking brick, You know, How they did at south street sea port. More importantly I am truly sorry for not recognizing the Architectural significance Home Depot plays in providing us with such materials. I guess I got it all wrong and my 20 years of experience in building, designing and Estimating costs for some of New York cities most prominent Residential as well as commercial projects was all for not. My Wife as well as the Editor and chief of well know design Magazine also missed the mark, after all what do we know about design and architecture? Oh and what is it you do again? I guess I’ll wait for you to post a picture of your House in queens..I’m sure it’s an Architectural tour de force

Anonymous said...

I 've walked by this place a few times and I have to say I like it.It's not out of context, it looks pretty cool.It's going to be an owner occupied 3 family. The owner gave me a tour and The apartments are sweet.Lots of natural light high ceilings and personal outdoor space. I think its a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the developments going up in south slope.

Anonymous said...

Frank Lloyd Wright was over rated.
The gugenheim Museums Spacial compostion destracts from the purpose of displaying art. The spiral ramp is way to 1950's space age" "aero dynamic" The real simplicity in any space that is intended for the purpose of display is to enhance the experience of viewing what is displayed. This house enhances that Block. This house is so important on so many different levels its no surprise that someone was bound to come along with this tabloid style, Fox five News Rhetoric. You'r not even from the neighborhood but your more then ready to shoot of your big mouth with no architural or construction experience whatsoever. I'm sorry I noted your busisness was real estate. this only leads me to belive you have no idea of what your talking about...Please justify your critique of this work...You did say you s studied at CUNY? what exactly did you study at CUNY?.
I happen to be a graduate of Cooper union ( architecture) and I dont think Im seeing eye to eye with negative comments you've posted on your blog.In fact I have to Question if you are infatc, coledge educated at all..:)

Queens Crapper said...

I'm a resident of New York City, therefore I am qualified and justified in my critique of this house, which is freakin' hideous. Don't like my opinion? Too bad. In this country I am free to express it just as you are free to build an ugly house. I like how you posted 2 rants and got a buddy to defend the place. Now go learn to spell and form sentences that make sense.

Anonymous said...

Got news for the homeowner...Park Slope isn't the Brooklyn Navy Yard...and you sound like a fucking snob.

Anonymous said...

it's easy to not understand good things when so ignorant. the house is great! people you should learn something about architecture before give unnecessary opinions.

Anonymous said...

All opinions are unnecessary.