The house makes more sense from the inside, which has a huge living/dining room with two levels of big windows that stretch across a long wall and around half of 2 side walls. These look out into the middle of the trees and — if you stand at the raised floor level — the tree tops. There are terraces at the 2 sides, connected by a walkway that goes in front of the long wall of windows.
You don't see the bottom third of the forest because the house projects out over the large boulder that Wright made the starting point of his design. The site is beautiful, but it was rejected by other builders because of the big rock. I was serving as a docent explaining things to visitors on the 2008 "Wright & Like" architectural tour, and at some point in the second hour of describing the design, I thought of the Bible verse, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (or "cornerstone"). I was talking to a woman and something — I forget what — that she said made the verse spring to mind. In another situation, this could become a conversation, but it was rather obvious that quoting the Bible in this context was inappropriate. Docents are bound by the principle of the separation of church and architecture, are we not? I was not tempted by the seductions of free associating on the spot about Wright and Jesus. I can always go home and blog.
So here's the passage, Matthew 21:42:
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures:This is the part I remembered. Looking it up this morning, I see it continues in a darker tone:"'The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
"Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed."Write your own short story where the docent in the Maurice Greenberg house is talking with a woman, impulsively quotes a Bible verse, and everything subsequently goes to hell.
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus' parables, they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.
IN THE COMMENTS: First, there's Ruth Anne:
Hmmm....you're up early and quoting scripture on a Sunday. Perhaps you're being nudged to go somewhere?Then, there's this thread that begins with rhhardin:
He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.And later added:
This was before paper and scissors.
"Do you know that according to Aristotle a person who dies crushed by a column does not die a tragic death? And yet here is that nontragic death hanging over you."Which prompted UWS guy to say:
Of course, a newspaper writer, were he to be crushed by a column, would have died an ironic death.Yes! Man-up ye wordsmiths!
Also, I clicked the comment section to read short stories...so man-up ye wordsmiths!
Or — per Ruth Anne — God-up!