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"What about the concrete block? It was the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world. It lived mostly in the architectural gutter as an imitation of rock-faced stone. Why not see what could be done with that gutter rat? Steel rods cast inside the joints of the blocks themselves and the whole brought into some broad, practical scheme of general treatment, why would it not be fit for a new phase of our modern architecture? It might be permanent, noble beautiful." - Frank Lloyd Wright

 

"The textile block method of construction consisted of stacking concrete blocks three inches thick, cast in molds, next to and atop one another without visible mortar joints. In all but the Millard House, thin concrete and steel reinforcing rods were run horizontally and vertically in edge reveals 'knitting' the whole together. A double wythe was common, held together by steel cross ties, the cavity air space serving as insulation." - William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog

 

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Ennis House - Frank Lloyd Wright - 12/18/05

Ennis House - Frank Lloyd Wright - 12/18/05

Ennis House - Frank Lloyd Wright - 12/18/05

Ennis House - Frank Lloyd Wright - 12/18/05

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