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Even the furniture and fireplaces were coated with gunnite...
No one would bid on the project, even though there was plenty of steel work going on in KC (even in wartime, this was just before steel rationing went into effect). Then the city wouldn't issue a permit. Wright's crushed-rock foundations met resistance; Wright claimed that if a standard concrete foundation system was used, he wouldn't be responsible for any cracks or the like that might develop. The city required extra testing of some uncommon steel construction details.
The floor heating system failed to keep those attending the dedication ceremony warm, on the coldest day of winter; the pumps had been installed backwards. The congregation liked their new building; the city has accepted it. Mr Wright did not accept it, and never used illustrations of it. The congregation is proud to have a Wright building -- or was in 1995, when Besinger published his book. Besinger says, "It stands as an aborted curiosity."
Is that colored glass, in the last photo ? I wonder where that appears, in the interior.
The colored glass appears in the small chapel at the ground level right side of the building. I could only peek in a window to see it. It seems like it is "blacked out" from the exterior with some sort of paint...
The church is sited beautifully though it has little light from the exterior. Something went horribly wrong with the light...
#3 shows the original doors and windows, #5, replacements.
Do I see a spot of early- or late-day pink ? At what hour was that photo taken ?
I recall reading Wright intended there to be a large patterned skylight above the chancel, with spot lights illuminating the night sky. The skylight was blacked out to address WW2 air raid concerns and never opened. I believe I remember seeing a night photo with roof mounted lights shining into the sky.
Those theater seats look a lot like the ones that used to be in the Pfeiffer Chapel before they recently replaced them. Here's what they looked like:
http://c8.alamy.com/comp/DKGNHG/interio ... DKGNHG.jpg
Perhaps they were from the same vendor.
http://www.findingmrwright.com/wp-conte ... sc_ap6.jpg
The curve of the stanchion at Annie Pfeiffer is a bit more extreme than on the more commonly-seen example I remember.
Note that the pencil rendering doesn't show vertical supports to the balcony roofs; to his credit the architect doesn't paint them black.
The chancel attempts, in the built version anyway, to create a "cube of light" somewhat at odds with the floor plan; note that there is a (more or less) continuous skylight outlining the square of ceiling above.