1949 - Ford Residence
1955 - Bavinger Residence
1956 - Frank Residence
1976 - Taylor Alterations 1961 - Prairie Chicken House ???? - House at Manypeaks WALTER BURLEY GRIFFIN
1911 - Comstock House I 1898 - Home and studio
1908 - Unity Temple
1910 - Robie House
1911-1925 - Taliesin East
1934 - Fallingwater
1937 - Taliesin West
1939 - Johnson Wax
1956 - Annunciation Church
1956 - Kentuck Knob
1956 - Price Tower
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Wright apparently tried to persuade Herbert
Johnson to relocate the headquarters for S.C. Johnson Wax to a different
site because he found the light industrial landscape of Racine
distasteful. Johnson stayed with his site and Wright designed an insular
building that shut out the surrounding neighborhood.
Instead of creating a building that brings the nature in, Wright built an abstracted nature within the building. The famous fluted columns form tree trunks that seem to grow from the carpeted floor, as dappled light filters through the canopy of hollow pyrex tubes above. The tubes are arranged in an interlocking geometric pattern that enhances the tree forest feeling. A collection of indoor plants hang from planters in the entrance foyer.
Like so many of his designs Wright plays with compression and expansion. The ceiling of the covered driveway which fronts the building is very low, and the entry foyer is quite modest in plan. Upon entering the Great Workroom, however, it is hard to avoid the feeling of entering another world. The natural light, which enters the building through the pyrex tubes in the walls and ceiling, bathes the interior with a warm glow. The fittings and carpets are very plush and give the impression of an old fashioned bank.
It was unfortunate that I was not allowed into the research tower. This building is now abandoned. The research department has outgrown the building, and it cannot be adapted without major alterations because the single entry door does not provide an adequate escape route in case of a fire.