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He usually wore a fedora and a cape. That's right, I said a cape.
Frank worked for Louis Sullivan as a draftsman early in his career. But he took commissions to design homes for a few of Sullivan's clients in the evenings. When Sullivan found out, he fired Frank Lloyd Wright. Whenever I think about the last job I was fired from, I try to picture Frank Lloyd Wright walking out of Sullivan's office on his last day. I bet he tossed his cape over his shoulder and slammed the door on his way out.
I talked about this before, right? All of his front doors are so hard to find. What gives?
Wright had a way of using very low ceilings to create intimate spaces; places where you could rest and feel secure. Which come in handy as you recover from bumping your head after standing up too quickly.
Fallingwater has many meanings.
Frank Lloyd Wright was ahead of his time in terms of structural engineering. He often experimented and pushed the boundaries of the construction practices of his time. The story goes that the contractor on the Johnson Wax Building didn't believe that the mushroom-shaped columns were structurally sound. So Frank Lloyd Wright climbed on top of one to show the workers that they were sturdy. I'm sure he looked majestic up there, white hair and tweed cape flapping in the wind. I'm also sure the workers moved the ladder away while he was up there.
Frank was the Harrison Ford of architecture, or at least the Rutger Hauer.
All art is best viewed by motorcycle.
I just discovered this house today. It was one of the last projects Frank Lloyd Wright designed, and construction was just finished a few years ago. See what I mean? Endlessly fascinating ...
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