The University of Arkansas Libraries' Special Collections and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library and Archives has put together a new on-line exhibit of materials titled "Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture Comes to Arkansas" that focus on Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones. The exhibit coincides with what would have been Jones's 94th birthday on Saturday. Check it out here.
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The Daily Herald reports that if the State of Illinois approves a deal between ComEd and Kane County Forest Preserve District officials it will place a $200 million electricity improvement development (including 17 new towers) near Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve...and way too close to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse. Read more about this unsettling development here.
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Newsreview.com reports that there is more than one way to destroy a Richard Neutra building. You can outright demolish it or you can completely smother it through terrible additions and bastardizing changes. The city of Reno has apparently done this to two of their Neutra buildings: The Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Centennial Coliseum (now known as the Reno Sparks Convention Center). Read more about it here.
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The Organic Architectural and Design Archives (for which you PrairieMod editor is a part of and contributes design on the Journal) has officially received non-profit 501(c)(3) status from the federal government! This is a big step in our efforts to save archival materials associated with organic architects and designers and to open-up access to them for study and appreciation. To learn more about OAD Archives, its mission, and about the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design that we publish, follow the link.
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Taliesin West has announced its Spring 2015 lecture series entitled "Free and Open to the Public" will explore open-source, pro bono, and public space design by some of the world's leading architects and designers. Follow the link to get more info.
Poster by Garth Lindquist & Michael DesBarres. Image via Taliesin West Lecture Series Facebook page.
Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article about the danger facing the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, NY. While the Brutalist building is hard for many to embrace (including, apparently Orange County government members plotting its demise) it's an important example of MCM architecture that even the World Monuments Fund included on its global watch list alongside landmarks like Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China. Read more about it here.
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When the the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in LA reopens next month after a long restoration period, architecture lovers will be able to see it over a 24-hour period from Feb. 13-14. The city council is going one step further in and having admission be free during that open house. Read more here and plan your visit here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that historic preservation officials in Lake Bluff, IL will apply for landmark status for the Keck & Keck-designed Blair House (1955), although everyone pretty much acknowledges that it may be an act that only stalls the bulldozer. The house has languished on the market for four years without a buyer and the 27 acres of land are far more valuable than the Modern house that sits on it. You can figure out the rest. Read more here.
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Archpaper.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has chosen former Cincinnati Art Museum director, Aaron Betsky, as the new dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He comes with a long list of accolades and replaces outgoing dean Victor Sidy, who returns to private practice. The school is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to decide its accreditation fate, but the article states that the naming of a new dean signals that the FLWF "will continue to award degrees at their Taliesin East and Taliesin West campuses either way, perhaps in partnership with accredited institutions." Read more here.
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RAGO auction house has a gaggle of Frank Lloyd Wright-related materials on the block in their upcoming February 2015 auctions. There are several lots of prints related to projects for Huntington Hartford, ca. 1948 and some reproduction furniture—but the standout item is an original 1905 bronze sconce from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. We'll see if a collector snaps this piece up or if it will make its way back to the house it was intended for. Check out all of the items here.
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Curbed LA reports that after six long years of extensive restoration work, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka "Hollyhock House") in Los Angeles, CA will be open again to the public starting February 13, 2015. Can't wait to go and see it again! Read more about it here.
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Author and historian, William Allin Storrer, sends word that a new, single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America should be published next week and will shortly thereafter appear on Amazon.com. It contains everything seen in the previous two-part set with the exception of the reduced plans appendices (he hopes to redo that section with better resolution and complete with the houses that will be in the prequel; Frank Lloyd Wright, Creating American Architecture, which is close to completion).
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Curbed Chicago reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Isidore Heller House (1897) will be having an open house to try and locate a buyer for the Hyde Park beauty. Come see this early Wright masterpiece at the open house this Sunday January 25, 2015 from 12-2pm. More photos and info here.
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The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art will host an exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright's Christian House (aka "Samara") from February 9 — April 21, 2015. Titled "Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home" it will explores the relationship between an architect and his clients, Dr. John and Kay Christian, as they worked together to create a Usonian dream home. More details here.
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Chuck and Nancy Sweetman will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's career in a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center. The presentation will follow Wright’s career chronologically and will include photos of works from across the country. More info here.
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Curbed.com spotlights what is being called the first new Joseph Eichler-designed house built since 1974 that will soon be finished in Palm Springs, California (where no Eichler has existed before). As stated on Curbed: "This first 'Desert Eichler,' a variation adapted from one of Eichler's original blueprints, is being built by Troy Kudlac, a Palm Springs broker and developer who buys, remodels, and resells midcentury homes." Read more about it here and see the house's Zillow page here.
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