Tour the Jacobs House Twenty Years Ago

The weblog Not PC has unearthed a YouTube video of a 1992 tour of the Jacobs House II, one of Wright’s Solar Hemicycles, lead by Karen Jacobs herself. The audio is a bit sketchy; just boost the volume and you’ll be fine.

Be sure to notice two notable features: the extraordinary masonry and the ceiling heights. The ceilings are an essential element of the solar hemicycle — Wright used them of moderate the temperature in side the house, allowing sun-warmed air to flow through the structure.