When Frank Lloyd Wright planned a resort project for Lake Tahoe, California, in 1923, he designed buildings appropriate to a region rich in tall pine trees. He was to build cabins and a hotel along the steep slopes bordering the deep lake. At high altitude, the site's forested hill slopes abounded with great fir trees. Wright's design had an almost "alpine" quality to it, honoring these trees with tall, tepee-like roofs. The resort was never built, but many of the same motifs pervade his design for the Friedman summer lodge. On the preliminary- perspective of this house, Wright acknowledged the natural inspiration and named the work "The Fir Tree." The outstanding features of the scheme are the tall peaked roof over the living room and the massive stone chimney rising up to engage it, while the other roofs of the house are low and sheltering.
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Publication information: Book title: Frank Lloyd Wright:The Masterworks. Contributors: David Larkin - Editor, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer - Editor, Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer - Author. Publisher: Rizzoli. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 210.
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