A. D. German Warehouse

Frank Lloyd Wright
1915




The front

Wright's A. D. German Warehouse is his only building in Richland Center, his birthplace, and his only warehouse. In 1915, Wright designed the building for Alfred Dell German, a wholesale distributor of cement, coal, and grain. The four-story building is constructed of red brick and concrete. Because of it massive impression, heavy walls, decorated top, and minimal fenestration, this warehouse is often seen as an early example of his "Mayan" buildings, a style he would practice later in the West.
 

The entrance

 

The side

The bricks are laid in an unusual bond with 3 stretchers and then one header. Narrow slit windows below are echoed by even narrower windows in the concrete decorative frieze above.
 


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