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In 1939, when Herbert Johnson, owner of Wingspread, phoned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in a panic to inform him that the roof was leaking, the architect replied, "Why don't you move your chair?" But over time it would become clear that shuffling around furniture was no match for the weak plywood roof that "sheltered" the 14,000-square-foot home. In 1994, after decades spent plugging leaks in the roof, Wingspread nearly collapsed in the aftermath of an ice storm, spurring restoration efforts. To put a permanent stop to the leaks, a construction crew replaced the old roof rafters and adhered carbon to the sheathing of the lower roof for added reinforcement.
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