Frank Lloyd Wright and the Hardy House: A dance of light and shadows

(c) Mark Hertzberg

“Photography” means “writing with light.” That is what I saw Frank Lloyd Wright do with the design of the front hall windows at the Thomas P. Hardy House in Racine as the sun came across the Main Street side of the house this afternoon.

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There are seven of these windows between the two doors of the house. As Robert McCarter points out in his book Frank Lloyd Wright (Phaidon Press, 1997), the floor plan of the house is articulated in these windows.

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ImageThank you to Donna Newgord, who used to work at Wingspread, for the phrase “A (constant) dance of light and shadows,” a phrase she once used to describe Wingspread to me.

 

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