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This book case fits neatly into the room in its chosen spot, and presents the books in a uniquely convenient fashion that also benefits the books' bindings by storing them horizontally. Isn't that enough ?
I'd rather have heard about the library table. It appears quite similar to the dining table in the house; note the pattern of eight holes in each corner. The dining table has a similar array of holes, which we are told were intended for lanterns. Do we have images of such lanterns---for either table ? Were such lanterns actually made ? I have been told something about planters in those lanterns causing some dissatisfaction, possibly resulting in their removal ?
I have never seen the library table before, in fact there seems to be no historic photo of the library at all, other than a glimpse of one of the bookcases shown from the living room in "The Early Work," page 47, and the Jack Quinan book, "Architecture As Portraiture," pp. 103, 116. On page 139 is a plan of the major rooms showing the dining room and library tables with an indication of the light fixtures with flower bowls, and on page 145 an elevation of the dining table with attendant fixtures. The lights were made, but must not have lasted very long, since an early photo of the dining room shows the table without them.
Jim M recently sent me this drawing of the Martin dining table ensemble, a slightly more legible image of a drawing that appears in David A Hanks, "Decorative Designs . . .", p 96. Jim writes:
"The table is close to what was produced, but Martin immediately rejected the 3-legged chairs after a friend almost tipped over on a prototype… When Martin found out the manufacturer was about to produce the same scheme he personally halted production, and demanded Wright ensure the chairs had four legs and spindles. I assume the lamps that made it onto the table (if any did) might actually have been similar, since the known four holes on each corner of appear to line up with each one of the four shaded light fixtures…"
Here is the text that Hanks provides on the subject:
I wonder if anyone besides Jim has noticed and commented on the T-shaped base of the dining chair in that drawing
---a most unusual design for Wright at this early period ?
© 1997 by David A Hanks
A note indicates that the dining-room table lights will not be reconstructed.
Decisions made by committee are always going to be fraught; compromise and consensus are the only perceived route to "fair and equitable" results, with at least a few disagreements an inevitable if unintended consequence.
A single strong personality, allowed to make decisions for the group, might produce a more consistent and potentially superior outcome---but the right person has to appear at the appropriate moment, and must receive the blessing of other involved parties if he or she doesn't outweigh the group as a matter of course. In our case, Mr Wright might do---unless he chose to throw history under the bus and redesign the whole thing !