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I was thinking specifically of the continuous "mitered" banding on the Richardson building, in connection with Wright. In "Architecture: the Natural
and the Manmade" V Scully investigates medieval fortifications in France, and describes walls "bound together with one strong stringcourse" and
". . . the monumental half-round stringcourse with which Le Notre bound his island citadel [at Chantilly] is the twin of the stringcourse that Vauban
invariably used, running like a cannon shot along his walls." (Such fortifications, by the fifteenth century, were built, in fact, to resist the stone and
then iron balls of the newly-invented cannon.)
I like the image of a fat round molding "running like a cannon shot" along a wall . . .
where he says (p 278) that Viollet-le-Duc "has marvelous drawings of" structures to be built behind
stone fortification walls, ready to trap an assault if and where it might successfully breach the walls . . .
Shades of Leonardo ? We know of course that Wright mentions V-le-D as an influence.
And here's a Scully image of a string-coursed wonder by Vauban ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastien ... _de_Vauban ):