Now in the Features section: a look at the terrible tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin 100 years ago and its connections to Wright's birthplace of Richland Center, Wisconsin. Read it here. To stay on top of new PrairieMod features as they roll out, subscribe here.
Image credit: Kaul family photo archive-by A.S. Rockwell.
KCET Los Angeles posts an interesting history of where Olive Hill in East Hollywood got its moniker: Years before oil heiress Aline Barnsdall had Frank Lloyd Wright design and build her Hollyhock House on the hill site, it was a commercial olive orchard. Read more about it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William Winslow Residence in River Forest, IL, which originally hit the market for the first time in decades last year for the asking price of $2.4 million has had that price reduced a few times over the months. Now $1.7 million will buy you this amazing architectural icon. Read more here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin in partnership with SC Johnson will present a free showing of the film, "Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture" at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30) Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Golden Rondelle Theater, 1525 Howe Street in Racine, Wisconsin. A discussion with the film's director, Mark Richard Smith, will follow the screening. More info here.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that a new program of docent led walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Richland Center, Wisconsin (birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright) are now available. For information, follow the link to the official Facebook page of the program or phone 608.604.5034.
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Recently, there's been much attention paid to the Usonian-style Tonken's cat house that's been attributed to being designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, I recently received an email from Taliesin apprentice Thomas H. Olson (via his partner, Merle H. Sykora, ASID) that sets the record straight. Read more after the jump...
The ArchiTech Gallery in downtown Chicago has announced their newest show for Fall 2014, "Burnham, Sullivan and Wright" which is up September 5, 2014 through November 29, 2014. The show will feature original drawings, plans, photographs, and objects by three of the titans of Modern Architecture. Follow the link to learn more and plan your visit.
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The news of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's accreditation loss and the internal organizational struggle for its future has been all over the news. The School's survival and its ability to gain accreditation hinges on the need for it to be incorporated as an independent subsidiary from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (something the FLW Foundation Board of Trustees has not been willing to do at this point). Now, a new on-line petition has been started to help build public support for the School's independence and its future. It will be interesting to see how this story plays out if public overwhelmingly supports the School as a separate entity.
If you want to show your support the School, then sign the petition here.
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Head's up! Don't miss your chance to get tickets to the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" home tour Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10am - 2pm. It's your chance to see some MCM gems in the Chicagoland area that are never toured by the public. Tickets and information can be found here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eppstein Residence (1951) in "The Acres" community in Galesburg, MI has been undergoing some much needed TLC, much of which has been documented on this blog. Now the Usonian, which is for sale for $475,000, is ready to be shown in its first open house, Sunday September 14, 2014 from 3 - 5 pm. If you're near the Kalamazoo area, then go check it out! More info here.
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Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, recently featured a Q&A interview with Frank Lloyd Wright School Board of Governors member, Jerry van Eyck on the subject of the ongoing battle to keep the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture from dissolving after losing accreditation. The magazine previously featured a similar Q&A with Sean Malone, the President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, so it's interesting to get the other side as well.
What's often overlooked in all of this war of the words is how the students themselves feel. Luckily, student Pablo Moncayo has stepped up and put together a couple of YouTube videos speaking up on how he (and presumably other students) feel about the potential loss of their institution. Watch the videos here and here.
We'll keep watching how this story develops and will continue to report on its twists and turns. Feel free to let us know how you feel in the comments section!
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House in Highland Park, IL has had it's sale price recently reduced to $875,000. As Curbed.com reports, this is beyond a deal for such a stunning Wright-designed home in one of the most affluent suburbs in the Chicagoland area. Hopefully someone who wants to be the home's next steward will snap it up. Your chance to check it out will be at an open house Sunday September 14, 2014. More info here.
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If you missed watching the Chicago Tonight segment yesterday evening about Frank Lloyd Wright's musical (and misunderstood) father, William Carey Wright, then you're in luck! Follow the link to watch the video on-line. If you like what you hear, then you can order a copy of David Patterson's CD of the elder Wright's music here.
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Dave Arland recently visited the Feline History Museum in Alliance, OH and snapped several close-up photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1954 cat house, designed for the daughter of client Gerald Tonkens. Dave put together a really nice on-line exploration of the little Usonian cat house, replete with lots of photos. See it here.
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Dave Clark of the Star Courier recently discovered the Organic Architectural legacy that architect Phil Welch left on his hometown of Kewanee, IL. Read it here.
Image credit: Dave Clark