Why Frank Lloyd Wright piled 60 tons on a lily pad (pictures)
Seventy-four years after the building's opening, one might wonder how Wright convinced the commission to change its mind. The answer: He had workers pile as much as 60 tons of sandbags on top of one of the columns, which only needed to hold 12 tons under his design.
By the end of the demonstration, seen here in a photograph from 1937, the commission reversed its decision in less than 24 hours, and the building became part of American's great architectural heritage.
July 26, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: SC Johnson
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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