Usonian Exhibition House, 1953, New York, NY. This design is an adaptation of the clerestory perforated boards in the Usonian Exhibition House created for the “Sixty Years of Living Architecture” show dedicated to Wright’s work. He designed the two bedroom temporary structure on the future site of the Guggenheim Museum to show his ability to design for the common man. Usonian, a term that Wright coined to describe something created for the people of the United States, signifies a style of affordable homes for the middle class. Perforated boards were Wright’s decorative alternative to the expensive stained glass he created for his well-to-do clients. Wright was endlessly fascinated by the play of light and shadow; these perforated boards created interesting geometric shadows to endlessly delight his clients.
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