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If there's doubt that Wright saw this building as a monochrome rose, a rich red brick on the landscape, here is more evidence -- as I see it.
I don't take it as accidental that the building -- all of it, right down to the edge of the sidewalk -- is outlined, hard, in red. The orb sculpture alone is carefully kept from the red.
And 25 years later, someone makes sure that the rose tone is present, again right to the pavement, in one of the memorable ink drawings made by Henry Klumb (before his
departure) and others. The Robie and Unity Temple drawings in this set are noted as being drawing with brown and blue inks; is it red tempera beneath black ink in this one ?
And, just for fun, a better look at one of the postcards, made to publicize the company and colored by others, surely, but showing the building entirely in "brick."
images Â© 2009 by TASCHEN GmbH and by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
How lovely it is, right up to the chimney flashing. And the roofing is exactly the right shade.
The painted trim wasn't Wright's specification, I suppose, so it won't last. Enjoy it now . . . !
Incidentally, I just noticed that my pipe organ has a few errors ...
This is an image difficult to see I found on the internet:
http://database.organsociety.org/Single ... anID=45259
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File ... n_logo.svg
1. current status of Larkin related real estate. I couldn't quite place the ghost of the Larkin Building relative to the site shown:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmSF8Mg ... e=youtu.be
2. a Pratt professor's lecture involving Larkin, Unity Temple, and Martin. Some interesting drawings involved. Not sure about the profundity of the thesis put forward:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5-JmiG ... e=youtu.be
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Phant ... 5?hl=en-US
Colored portions of the sidewalk at the street are visible marking Larkin's boundary, Atrium and Main Entry
On the Stiny diagrams, how do we know that Wright consciously conceived of the "rules" and formulas which are deduced from examples of his work ? I'd say we don't know that.