Title page for ETD etd-01292006-182900

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Garden, James MacDonald
URN etd-01292006-182900
Title Harmony and Counterpoint: An Adaptive Reuse of Frank Lloyd Wright's A.D. German Warehouse
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thompson, Steven Ross Committee Chair
Aiken, Jane Committee Member
Edge, Kay F. Committee Member
  • Counterpoint
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • A.D. German
  • The Warehouse
  • Richland Center
  • Harmony
Date of Defense 2005-01-27
Availability unrestricted
Constructed in his self-acknowledge hometown of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright was to work on the A.D. German Warehouse twice during his lifetime. Initially constructed between 1917 and 1921, financial woes on the part of the owner led to a shuttered building. In 1934 Wright worked on an adaptive reuse, but the plans were never to be implemented and German lost the building for good.

A careful study of the history of the structure, foregoing todays computers for Wrights triangles, and an analysis of the frieze led me to my own adaptive reuse.

The musical characteristics of harmony and countperpoint found powerful expression in the pairings of vertical and horizontal, light and dark, and new and old. These relational tensions resonated with the internal structure of the transformational geometry and created a powerful resolution between the enclosing massive forms of the original Warehouse and my new design.

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