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Beyond that, Fallingwater, Price Tower, and the Johnson Wax Research Tower occur next to me. Although all were not ultimately entirely successful (read Fallingwater), they were all nonetheless audacious excercises of built engineering.
Sort of like "What's the best-built or sturdiest Wright structure ?"
snow loads can to do an under-built frame roof with perhaps over-generous eaves. Talk about a "rolling landscape". . .
Maybe poet Wright actually liked the romantic irregularities of profile that his inadequate framing produced. His illustrations -- such as this Wasmuth drawing
of a Como cabin -- sometimes show a bit of the peaked ridgeline that some Oriental work intentionally featured:
Of course, this drawing (a favorite of mine) might be M Mahony's; she and Drummond are said to have supervised the Como project in Wright's absence.
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This is one well built house. I believe Wes Peters did the structural calcs for the house.
seem to further this feeling -- as do the freestanding 2x10 columns that stand off the central window wall
and clearly add to the support of that indoor/outdoor deck/roof. They can be seen in these two photos.
Storrer says that this window wall bears no weight, as "the ceiling and trellised soffit overhang are fully
cantilevered with steel I-beams." He mentions that John H Howe drew the plans and that Tom Casey
"also worked on plans as well as structural and mechanical engineering, areas in which he specialized in
more than 50 Wright projects." Storrer may have spoken with both Buck Fawcett and Mr Casey ?
Storrer calls out the "trim" as cedar. My impression was of mahogany.
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