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And... some time after Hood's death Wright was addressing a luncheon of architects. During a visit to Hood's office while the Daily News building was being designed, Wright claimed to have used the tip of his cane to draw a line across an elevation of the building and proclaiming "Ray, you just stop the whole thing here". An architect attending the luncheon, who happened to have been Hood's head draftsman, excitedly jumped to his feet and assured all in attendance that the building was designed from the start exactly as it was built. As the room fell silent Wright smiled and in "that" voice said, "Well, there you are!" and simply proceeded with his remarks.
The Daily News (1929) is significant considering his work to date, since Hood dispensed with the usual Art Deco embellishments making it one of the first "flat tops".
(I'm reading the opening essay in "The Future of Architecture"---which is a rehash of past Wright writing---where he talks of architecture emanating from and originating in the earth itself . . .)
So, the Daily News Building was Hood's precursor to his Rockefeller Center towers, beginning in the following year ?