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I am still sorting through the pictures and getting my feet wet with Adobe Lightroom to improve the shots (the B&W pictures, as example). I'll post more as they come, or as fast as flickr will let me post them!
i was just there a month ago, and they were still doing repairs on the skin.
i especially like the black and white photos. they look like vintage pics from opening day. the value of the color looks just right. then when i went back to the color photos, i found myself wanting to see that warmer paint tone. i find it so odd that the precedent of the gray tone would win out over what wright probably intended. are there any wright scholars who feel that this is a color which he would have been pleased with? i miss the warm glow.
when i was there it was an overcast but warm day, but in my photos it appeared to be a cold late autumn or winter day.
Maybe final touches remain, but wasn't there a red tile below the dates, and wasn't the fascia of the "tower" to the left supposed to be an obvious copper finish? Of course, that would not mesh with the black and white scheme they could not control themselves from doing. And wasn't the lettering across the front supposed to be in relief, not painted? Again, they could not control themselves.
After seeing the "art" in that incredible interior, I couldn't help but think how nice it would be if they emptied the building and turned it into a "spatial museum". Can you imagine how neat it would be to see only people milling around experiencing the space as Wright really intended? It must have killed him anticipating the junk that would eventually scar it.
On a macabre note, he didn't live to have his "teeth hurt" at the grand opening.
As for the red tile, the fellah doing the touch-up work indicated that it had been removed as part of the work but would be reinstalled as soon as he was finished. As for the lettering, it was, in fact, in relief but the black copper fascia really surprised me -- I distincly recalled the beautiful verdi-gris colour last time we visited. I'd be interested to know why the NY Landmarks Commission would put up such a fight over the building's paint colour to keep it "true as built" but let the copper be turned black. The decision seems contradictory -- I'd love to hear their rationale.