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The bold stonework, however, demonstrates by its absence what it is that makes Wright's characteristic masonry so masterful. The mason (and/or the architect) here has missed or ignored the fact that to be successful---to avoid looking like just a pile of rocks---there needs to be established a recognizable ground plane, from which the "lookout" stones protrude in one or two repeated increments of projection.
Any decoration, even Wright's, can be said to contain or to consist of arbitrary choices; it's all a matter of degree, I think. Are Goetsch-Winckler or some other Usonians incomplete without the perfs or the articulated copper trim that were drawn for them ? An interesting question. My answer would be no: those elements are Wright's delightful and unique icing on his tasty cakes . . .
(Is there really something about a particular house design that calls for a patterned roof fascia, when a similar design for a different client does not ? Are not the perf designs mostly interchangeable, as opposed to being specific to the house they were drawn for ?
Could anyone deny that the architect's approach to each commission would quite naturally be based in part, and from beginning to end, on his perception of the client's purse ?)
The Fay reference is apt here, for me; the design of this house could be said to be a horizontal answer to Fay's chronic (but not pathological !) verticality . . .
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My question is: "Does a plexiglass grand piano sound the same as a wood one?"
Art Deco cat door stop black cast iron ~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~ new Hubley statue
The "Offer to purchase" house is sort of Frank Lloyd Wright meets 21st Century upper middle-class Suburbia. Not bad, but not good, either.
The Art Deco Cat Doorstop makes me wonder ... not what FLW had to do with Art Deco, but what his attitude toward cats was. He loved farm animals, celebrated the Cow in his autobiography, but I cannot recall seeing him with an indoor pet of any kind. Olga had her dogs but that was after FLW was gone, wasn't it?