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karnut wrote:Does anybody make block anything like Mr. Wrights concrete block.
In some houses he used standard sized concrete block, possibly in a custom color. For other projects and applications, he used custom precast concrete shapes. These shapes would now best be created by a cast stone manufacturer or a high quality concrete block manufacturer, such as Northfield Block in suburban Chicago. Cast stone is another term for high quality precast concrete.
Here is one source.
Nichols Bros. Stoneworks, Ltd
Snohomish, WA 98296
For the Imperial Hotel, the delicate precast shapes are actually cast terrazzo that looks like what we would call cast stone today. The courser stone is a local Japanese stone. Samples of both of these materials can be viewed at the Art Institute of Chicago where you can see a 3' x 3' x 3' section of the Imperial Hotel.
At the Art Institiute you can also see approximately 10 examples of FLW's finest art glass, including an amazing window from the Darwin Martin House. The Darwin Martin window is the standard window used throughout the house. It's level of detail and intricate pattern are unbelievable. It is clearly an example of what can be created when a great architect has an unlimited budget and the cost of labor is extremely low.