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To those who have more knowledge into the subject... What is known about the influence Europe had on Wright's style? I've heard of an unrealized townhouse, on Goethe Street, which supposedly carries some Italian influence - could someone please elaborate ? ... There are few plans online, so any sharing also be appreciated ...
There's also the well-known inspiration drawn from Italian villas for the conception of Taliesin and it's gardens ... Is there anything in specific we know of?
Lastly, something which has been in my head for a long time but is unrelated... What is the function of the tower on the Taliesin estate? And, is there anything on the lower floors, below the drafting studio, and main residence?
Any commentary would be much appreciated...
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Keiran Murphy, Taliesin historian, would be an authoritative source for information on this structure. Its appearance was changed several times over the years as Mr Wright played with different parts of the building. It was not, however, ever damaged by fire, I believe.
The Goethe Street Studio-Residence of 1911 is represented by seven drawings in the Archive.
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I have copied several of these with the aim of describing the house to readers. Three of the drawings needed "help" in the form of line hardening, poché, or labeling. (The "seven sisters," highlight of the scheme, were essentially invisible on the plan drawing.) Wright left the project incomplete; plans and sections are mostly devoid of furniture, for instance, an omission which often makes it harder to read and comprehend the drawings.
Two floor plans of this split-level building are the only ones we have; they depict the lowest levels: the entry (called "English basement"), Wright's office, and basement with kitchen; and the third level, with bedroom, second level of the living room (or "court," per B B Pfeiffer) and music balcony. Missing is a second-level plan showing the architectural practice workroom, the floor of the living room with fireplace, and the dining space.
A principal architectural feature is a mostly free-standing row of seven columns that rise from the basement, forming a colonnade in the skylit open space at the center of the house and terminating above the roof where they support a linear, T-shaped arbor composed of paired wooden beams. In the main space, stained-glass panels fill the spaces between these columns. The peaked skylight above has an extension which provides light to both sides of the brick-and-glass screen. At the rear of the house a dumbwaiter in the kitchen serves the dining room, music balcony, and roof terrace.
This diagram highlights the areas depicted on the two plan drawings. (On these plan and long-section drawings the street is at left.)
The longitudinal section (all images may be enlarged by opening them in a new tab):
Transverse section. The section is taken through the music balcony, where I have written "piano." The interrupted image visible past the music-balcony parapet ("piano") is a mural placed on the front wall of the living space; its frame may be seen on plan and section drawings.
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Lower-level plan (unretouched by me):
A cleaned copy of the view drawing as found in "Treasures of Taliesin":
Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer's text from Monograph 3, p 145:
All illustrations © The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
Could that be sumac-patterned glass ? Did FLW plan on getting the trusty George Niedecken involved in this personal project ? (Their interaction was not yet over; the Bogk and Allen commissions of 1917-18 lay ahead.)
I realize I should've specified, I'm curious about the "hill tower" and "hayloft". When were these built? What were their functions? Is there any inspiration known behind them?
(Comparison of the black-and-white and the colored versions of the illustration reveals a common phenomenon, seen most strongly in those bas-reliefs: the monochrome version displays the artist's skill at creating an illusion of depth, while in the colored version that effect is subsumed and diluted.)
That said, it may very well be that the Italian influence is also on display, there . . .
The tower is seen in two early photographs:
Fig 82, "Building Taliesin," p 88. Missing portion of caption: "This photo shows the Belvedere close to its completion in the fall of 1911, with a . . ."
Fig 1, "Wright Studies, Volume One," p 3
Taylor Woolley photo, from "Building Taliesin," Ron McCrea, Wisconsin Historical Press, 2012
The vital Taliesin tower is an exterior punctuation mark, but not at all remarkable inside. As an architectural statement, it is invaluable. Try to imagine the hilltop without the tower; it would fall flat. According to Geiger, the interiors of the upper levels were not special in any way. I believe they were apprentice bedrooms.
That's fascinating, about the tower, I always thought there was an ulterior function, but aesthetic reasons make sense. The view must be excellent from up there ...
About the mural in the townhouse, what is the nature of it? Is it perhaps like a Chinese/Japanese screen that wraps around a corner? (e.g. Mrs. Wright's bedroom, Taliesin West - Arizona) Each time it seems like a bigger shame that the project was never realized. Something else picked my eye - the fencing as well as the balcony on the front facade, feels very mediterranean, somewhat akin to the Waller Estate Gates? Am I reading this right?