Falling Water landscape drawings

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HOJO
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Don't be fooled by the light of the lamp.
The ceiling drops down in the whole hall, probably to hide the beams and/or counterweight.
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Thanks
Yes, it fooled me.

SDR
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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The earliest drawings of Fallingwater show three smallish trees penetrating the west bedroom terrace. I had assumed that these trees were accommodated in the construction---based largely on the photos on page 44 of Hoffmann's book. Note trees in foreground, far left, lower photo:


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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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Tom
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Good catch. Wonder what happened. These trees appear in a few of the perspective renderings.
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.

SDR
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Thanks, Tom. Let's keep looking. The trees are missing in photos in "La Casa Sulla Cascata di FLlW" (1962) and in Futagawa's GA oversize paperback (1970).

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Roderick Grant
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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... but they do show in the floor plan in La Casa Sulla Cascata di FLlW.

SDR
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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. . . which is one of the publication drawings, most of which, including plans and elevations, show the three trees.

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.

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The trees do not appear on these plans:

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Finally, a construction photo on page 9 of Tafel's "Apprentice to Genius" shows two trees:

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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 ?

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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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A sequence of drawings published in "Merchant Prince and Master Builder" (1999) brings us closer to understanding that the oak tree next to the west wall of the house was a problem, one that apparently resulted in its removal---but not before apprentice drawings and letters to Wright tip-toed up to that result ?

First, a close-up of the tree as it appears on structural plan T3602.090. The note refers to rebar "bent up into parapet":

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Nowhere in this sequence are the smaller trees shown or discussed. The 15" oak grows to 28"---an editing error ?---in one note.
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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Edgar notes in his book that the trees intended for the west terrace "did not survive the rigors of construction".

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Re: Falling Water landscape drawings

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Thanks, Jim, it's good to have that piece of the story. We can see from images on this page that an initial attempt was made to include the three smaller trees; they are present in two construction-phase photos. (A small triple-trunk birch is seen on the topo drawing, considerably south-west of the oak.) Perhaps it/they were excluded before the paving was completed; the timing of their removal seems to be the only remaining question regarding them.

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 ?

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