A Productive Collaboration

Robert Frank, the engineer and inventor, contributed almost as much as the architects. His and Cecelia’s correspondence with the architects runs to hundreds of pages. During design and construction, suggestions, instructions and queries sometimes filled three single-spaced typewritten letters, each of seven to ten pages, a week.

The result of this collaboration became, as one scholar describes it, “a machine for living;” especially for healthy, comfortable living. It incorporated an integral system for cleaning air, an innovative internal phone and light signal system, built-in projection equipment to turn the recreation room into a movie theater, lightning rod systems made of Robert Frank’s Copperweld, and an energy conservation system using the water from the indoor swimming pool as part of the heating and cooling system of the house.

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