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I recall reading or hearing in an oral history Wright’s Senior Apprentice John Howe note that he switched to commercially available windows as time went on in the 1960’s and ‘70’s to keep construction costs at a point that clients could afford. It should be noted he often detailed his houses to accept readymade windows in continuous runs of individual units mounted between load bearing mullions, often alternating operable and fixed units.
EFayJones had many fine wood and metal details scratch made for his work. Lower labor costs in rural Arkansas in the late 20th century helped.
Currently, Steven Holl’s smaller scale projects feature exquisite cast, welded, or brazed metal details such as door hardware, plumbing, and light fixtures, as well as extensive millwork and tinted Venetian plaster. Bespoke design costs, but if it can be afforded, it is very often worth the price for the visual and experiential richness it provides.
And even today, Wright's clients would be, like Mr Holl's, persons or entities who could afford the cost. Such clients are to be found in every age, surely ?
I don't believe this architect would have been satisfied with any other line of work, no matter how creative !
Yeah, you're probably right. FLW was nothing if not adapatable. Thanks to his mom, he was destined to be an architect practically from birth.
And frankly, with his skills, there's a lot of career paths he could have successfully taken.
As the horizontal division of the chosen Anderson sash does not fall on a vertical unit line, it would seem to have been no sin to select a different sash, one that would rise to the ceiling with equal lites; the alternative, a (custom ?) sash with unequal lites, was selected, to accord with what appears on the (incomplete) elevation drawings. Compare the idealized south and circled end elevations with the photos:
photos © Alan Weintraub