Copper was a strategic metal in short supply during the Korean War, and costs soared so that it became infeasible as a roofing material for the Walker house. Roderick's report I believe is correct about the enameled steel supplier also having been in the appliance manufacturing business. Aaron Green obtained about five baked-on steel finish samples as a range of candidate matches to a color chip that had been provided by Taliesin. Upon presenting them to Wright to select his choice, Wright's directive to Aaron was, "Use them all."
It thus fell upon Aaron to earmark locations on the roof for each of the variously-colored panels. Over the course of 35 years I never knew AGG to be flummoxed by anything, but he told me that he found this particular task almost overly-dauntingÃ¢â‚¬â€œto assign locations for every one of those colored panels in such manner that the result would appear to be have been an undesigned, random sprinkling.
Perhaps Tom was not yet with us at Wright Chat in those days. In 2009 there came a time whenÃ¢â‚¬â€œuncharacteristic for himÃ¢â‚¬â€œour most esteemed and stalwart contributor, SDR, as we see here in an excerpt from Page 5 of that thread, ran off the rails goofing off apparently in a celebratory frenzy upon having reached the then-astonishing milestone of his 3,000th posting to this forum. Now ten years later, as he hurtles his way in unremarkable fashion well past 17,000, it occurs to me that Steve deserves another round of our appreciation for his ongoing, insightful contributions to the enrichment of us Wright aficionados:
* * * * * HEAR, HEAR: ENRICHED BY RITCHINGS SINCE 2006, HIP-HIP-HOORAY. * * * * * *