Here at the Dana House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Springfield, Illinois, we are looking up at the corner of the house at the top. The copper crowns and gutters point out and up but are actually horizontal. The long narrow cream colored bricks, 12″ x 2″, can be seen. The painted capstones are superfine concrete, not sandstone that they resemble.
The most unusual and amazing feature is the frieze or patterned green area below the eves and extending down 4-6 feet. These are heavily textured plaster tiles that make a unique pattern designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. They have 10 layers of metallic glazes that mimic the verdigris (greenish blue) of weathered copper.
Much of this frieze was damaged and broken off before or during the time the Thomas Corp had the building and it was taken down and covered with plywood. After giving the house to the State it was decided to replace the tiled frieze. The original molds were found and the company found but all the workers that knew how to do this type of work had long retired. When the retired workers heard about the Frank Lloyd Wright Dana house, many “Un-retired”, walked back into their old factory and worked on the tiles and made a whole new set for the house. They are spectacular and real.