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and according to the section the outer roof frame is uplit.
But re-looking it seems they might be some type of permanent install
- especially over the main block theater wing.
Maybe just some kind of graphic experiment on paper
Besinger, in a caption to an aerial drawing of the church, calls this a "steeple of light" (his quotation marks)---presumably something Mr Wright had said or written.
On page 89 of his book he reports that he and Davy Davison produced these drawings, in brown ink---one each---"for publicity purposes."
Presumably a version of the effect could be had, using laser lights in an atmosphere of (natural or manufactured) fog ?
construction rather than as an abstracted projection of light---which admittedly does not much resemble or reflect the perforated roof-top elements of the building ...
with the church supported on graceful pillars over the parked cars." The budget was apparently $100,000.
Besinger goes on, "There was no precedence [sic] in the drawings of Mr Wright's work for this kind of construction. And yet, to me, the construction was essentially simple. It was to be a "thin" building, to be framed in two-
inch-square steel tubing. The framing of the walls was to be very much like the wood-stud framing of an ordinary house except that the sill and head plates and the studs were to be steel tubes. There would be a few steel
columns supporting floor or roof beams. The floors and roof were to be framed with steel joists in much the same manner that wood joists were used. All of this framing was to have an inner and outer skin of gunite
concrete sprayed against a paper-backed steel mesh. The walls were to be only about four inches thick."
Besinger did the drawings, Wes did the calculations; the drawings were completed and signed over a weekend in the summer of 1940.
If anyone wonders what can be done with thin shell with rebar and wood forming here is an example. This church was designed by architect Bill Ryan in 1959 for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
I think if they cooperated more and just accepted WrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vision it would be more marveled at than what is a Wright vision that was sabotaged by committees.
Goff had similar issues when he designed the Adah Robinson residence. This glamorous house design given up mid build due to a kitchen. The design is still amazing but not to what Goff had envisioned. I know this chat has architects, craftsman who probably have dealt with similar things that Goff and Wright went through. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not an architect yet so correct me if I am wrong.
doubt a part of the decision to eliminate parking and other construction; scarcity of copper is cited but not what that extensive metalwork would have cost.
What was finally spent ? Besinger doesn't (can't ?) tell us ...