Frank Lloyd Wright once said, that "the rock ledges of a stone-quarry are a story and a longing to me”. While I have never fully understood the “longing” aspect of the quote, it is very easy to get your arms around the “story” part. Simply visit a quarry and observe the ledges as they present themselves visually. The quarrying procedure reveals itself through layer after layer detailing the effort involved over the history of the quarry.
Coupled with Mr. Wright’s views of “organic” architecture, his respect for stone quarries may partially explain the use of stone as a wall cladding laid up in visual layers. This is wonderfully exemplified at the I.N. Hagan house, also known as “Kentuck Knob”, in Western Pennsylvania. The visual impact of the stone, incorporated as both interior and exterior walls, is accentuated by the elongated rectangular pieces in varying thicknesses, thus creating a rough and irregular surface. The result leads the imagination to see the surface as hewn directly from the ledges of the quarry.
Whether today’s designers and homeowners derive their inspiration from the master, Mr. Wright, or from their own personal appreciation for stone, today’s modern design and construction techniques can accommodate them. It is now a relatively simple process to use thin stone in various thicknesses as both and interior and exterior wall covering. Advances in the bond strengths and overall adhesive qualities of modern mortars make “hanging” thin natural stone on modern substrates both cost effective and time efficient.
We as Materials Marketing, offer eight limestone colors from our Brauer quarry in Jarrell, Texas. This material can be used to form the patterns in stone wall covering as inspired by Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright and his subsequent collaborators.
For advice on how to manage the interaction between your “Wright inspired” design dreams and modern construction methods why not contact one of our showrooms? The stone design professionals there will be happy to help. You can also simply drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org