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Aside from that, I'm very curious as to how the dome made of glass tubing would have worked in the living room. Would it have been the same material as the tubing used in the SC Johnson buildings?
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As far as I know, the ceiling of the reception area of the advertising department at Johnson Wax is the only built dome of this type in Wright's oeuvre. The challenge of producing dozens if not hundreds of concentric rows of glass tubing, each row of a different diameter, to say nothing of the job of assembling these into a dome, strikes me as an astounding challenge to the fabricator.
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The Water Dome fountain at Florida Southern College would be one candidate. In 1941 the Scott radio company gave him the job of designing a cabinet that would combine a radio, a phonograph, and record storage. Wright's solution included a spherical loudspeaker. Then came a domed building at FSC in the first design for a music department. Not long after, the Guggenheim Museum project arrived, with a domed skylight as an early and ongoing feature. One model of the building was made (photo on page 25 of Taschen III) which included a transparent sphere topping a glass elevator shaft (?).
The Johnson Wax glass-tube dome mentioned above followed. The Sports Club and Play Resort project in Hollywood, also for Huntington Hartford and concurrent with the house project (1947), includes four glass domes on its uppermost structure. No fewer than 41 white acrylic domes, inverted, make up the ceiling of the V C Morris Gift Shop. The Robert Windfohr residence (reprised in 1958 for Arthur Miller) includes a large and shallow domed skylight above its principal (circular) pavilion.
In 1953 the Science and Cosmography Building at FSC included a domed orrery. That year also, a large internally-lighted white sphere appeared in the forecourt of the Harold Price, Jr house. A domed skylight surmounts the living room of Seacliff II, a house designed for V C Morris (1955). The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is a broad dome with a building beneath it. An art gallery building for Baghdad is fronted by a latticed dome; the design is repeated, with the same dome, for a building at Arizona State University. The circular "hinge" element at the Marin County Civic Center is domed; a theater project for Todd A-O is another metal-domed structure. A pair of dome-fountains is found in the design of a fine-arts center at ASU. And finally, a large glass dome surmounts the house designed for Mrs Daniel Donahoe, Paradise Valley, 1959.
Imagine the solar heat gain in either Donahoe or Hartford with those glass roofs. At least Donahoe planned for adjustable shades in the living room, though they would have to be constantly readjusted as the hours passed.
No, even with that last entry, there are twice as many transparent or translucent domes as opaque ones---and that's including the 41 plexi domes of the Morris Shop ceiling as one instance ! I assume the water domes would count as translucent, but as they are also ephemeral I left them out of the count.
The 1957 Wedding Chapel for the Claremont Hotel ... 5709 Scheme 1: Taschen p 497
N.B. Speaking of domes ... these "domed" houses wouldn't have been made of glass, but of rubber
1956 Fiberthin Air Houses for U.S. Rubber Co ... 5725 Taschen p.448