Rhythm in 3D: Wallpaper pattern adapted from the A.D. German Warehouse frieze surrounding the fourth level of the building
A.D. German Warehouse, Richland Center, Wisconsin, 1915.
Albert Dell German, a local commodity wholesaler, asked Frank Lloyd Wright to design a warehouse to meet the demands of his growing business. The building's function was to store and sell wholesale goods, and provide space for retail shops, a teahouse restaurant, and an art gallery. Built of reinforced concrete with a red brick façade, the most distinctive feature of this monolithic building is the corbeled concrete frieze on the fourth level. This wallpaper pattern is an adaptation of the ornamented geometric pattern and narrow window slits of the frieze which surrounds the roof terrace.