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The ceiling drops down in the whole hall, probably to hide the beams and/or counterweight.
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But this short video makes clear that those trees are gone---and I cannot find another photograph of the house in which they are present.
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Bet Wright really wanted them there.
I can't find a shot in my books so far that show those trees.
EKjr's book has another shot of them before the flagstone came down and the larger shot you show from the West side is in his book to, but other than that I can't find 'em in place with a finished floor.
One of the trees, an oak, appears on the topo plan Wright worked from; this tree is seen on a structural plan. All of Wright's view drawings show one or more trees, including this prominent one.
The trees do not appear on these plans:
Finally, a construction photo on page 9 of Tafel's "Apprentice to Genius" shows two trees:
The 15" oak nearer the house, however, is nowhere to be seen. It must have been sacrificed, early on. Perhaps it leaned east, potentially contacting the stone wall (as it does in the last of the view drawings, above), and was removed early in the construction sequence ?
First, a close-up of the tree as it appears on structural plan T3602.090. The note refers to rebar "bent up into parapet":
Nowhere in this sequence are the smaller trees shown or discussed. The 15" oak grows to 28"---an editing error ?---in one note.
Images © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
I had failed to appreciate til now the matters surrounding the larger oak---the will to include it, on the part of the architect, and the perhaps inevitable realities experienced and communicated to him, delicately, by those on site, who discovered that it couldn't in the end be included within the structure as designed. The tree was hard up against the rear stair wall, while it appears in the view drawings much closer to the south parapet of the terrace. Wishful thinking ?
A nice six dozen photos of the house and grounds . . .