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The garden on the roof garden may or may not have been built, but when I was there in the 90s for a FLWBC Board Retreat, when the entire tower was empty, the roof was as HOJO's second image shows it. I believe that it is now fitted out for dining? Not sure about that, though.
The residences occupy only one quadrant, while the other 3/4 is office space.
FLW's book, "The Story of the Tower," may be difficult to find (Amazon doesn't list it), but It is an essential part of a complete FLW library. The book is full of construction photos from start to finish.
"Prairie Skyscraper," by Anthony Alofsin, Monica Montagut, Joseph M. Siry, Hilary Ballon, Pat Kirkham and Scott W. Perkins (Rizzoli, 2005, 176 pp.) is listed @ $94.54 hardcover, used, and $99.00 paperback, new. It is comprehensive, including a chronology from 1952 to 2006 many drawings, photographs, references to earlier related work ... but no roof garden.
I did find it on Amazon - Jan 1 1956 first edition at almost $400:
https://www.amazon.com/Story-Tower-esca ... B0007DNYA8
The color rendering in the Amazon sample shots does seems to show a roof garden (vegetation growing over parapet)with just discernible jet fountain in background- though no sign of the jet fountain in the Avery Foundation ArtStor file drawings.
The book got copied and bound.
Mr. Wright's drawings usually included lots of greenery and flowered plantings, almost as integral parts of his buildings. but that doesn't mean every balcony or rooftop had a provision for planting boxes. However, several photographs in the final section entitled: The Skyscraper Comes Into Its Own do show plantings on the carport roof ... some fairly straggly plantings, the photos evidently taken in winter-time.Tom wrote: ↑Mon Jul 05, 2021 1:02 pmRoderick - Somehow I'm assuming you've seen the Price Tower. I may be wrong. I have not been there myself. But do you know if this bronze plaque was executed and installed at the center of the lobby floor?
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I've been looking in the Price Tower file in the Foundation Archives. ... The drawings indicate a lush planted "green" roof covering the entire surface of the lower office building that the tower rises out of. Was that actually executed? ...
Did Wright work mostly in colored pencil to the extent that whenever we see a design drawing by him it should be assumed to have been executed in color?
So that all these design sketches for St Marks would be in color most likely?
Wright Studio plans and sections in the early years often had poché (the solid, opaque structural parts of the building) of a handsome red color, ink or paint, which not incidentally prints as black in the various architectural reproduction media. Perspective drawing in line frequently had highlighted areas lightened with white watercolor or tempera. We know that the famous initial Fallingwater plan sketches were done in various colors to distinguish between the various levels on a single sheet of tracing paper. Full color, in pencil, was reserved for presentation drawings, whether in Wright's hand or by apprentices---by and large.
So, Price Tower had a bronze plaque.
One was drawn and planned for Coonley
The Imperial Hotel had plaques drawn but don't know if they were executed.