In addition to seeing the newly restored SC Johnson Research Tower, PrairieMod was able to get an amazing personal tour of the nearby (and recently rehabilitated) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Thomas P. Hardy House (1905). Mark Hertzberg, author of the definitive series of books on Wright's work in Racine, was kind enough to give us a tour of this private residence and the wonderful work that its current owner has undertaken. See more photos of what we saw inside this Prairie School beauty here.
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If you have not signed up for the upcoming "Pride of Place" tour on Saturday May 3, 2014 organized by Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin, then you're going to miss out! It's a rare opportunity to visit some of Wright's finest homes north of Chicago — PLUS tour the nearby Crab Tree Farm and its unparalleled Arts & Crafts collection. Only a few seats on the bus remain, so sign up today by calling 608-287-0339, or email Office Manager, Sherri Shokler at [email protected] to reserve your space before it's to late!
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Speaking of architectural works in trouble, we've been trumpeting the troubled future of John S. Van Bergen's James Irving Residence in Wilmette, IL and it seems like the noise is getting some attention from the media: The Wilmette Life recently covered the situation facing the home for its readers and the Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, tweeted the story to his Twitter followers. Hopefully this will just be the beginning and locals will take notice and do something to save this home and the historic character of their town. Read how to make some noise yourself about it here.
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The ongoing struggle to restore and turn two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago continues, and there seems to be enough intrigue, politics, and bad blood to go around. Hopefully the feuding can stop on these important works of architecture can be secured and restored. Read more here.
Photo credit: John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune
Typepad, the host for PrairieMod.com, has been having some serious technical difficulties over the last few days, thanks to some sort of mischief by cyber attackers. The hope is that they have everything back on-line and functioning so that we can return to a regularly scheduled architectural & design posts. Thanks for your patience!
News reaches us that The A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. (ADGWC), a newly-formed Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation, formally assumed ownership of the A.D. German Warehouse, the significant Frank Lloyd Wright-designed landmark in Richland Center, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Read more after the jump...
After a recent trip to the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, Mark Hertzberg posted some fantastic photos of Florida Southern College to his weblog, Wright in Racine. See them all here.
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AZCentral.com reveals how the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium at ASU in Tempe came to be. Apparently the story was discovered in reading a fairly recent 1992 biography of Gordon Sabine, special assistant to the dean of ASU Libraries at the time. Read about it here.
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It looks like the alarm we sounded about the potential new tear-down threat facing the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving Residence at 1318 Isabella St. in Wilmette, IL has caught the attention of at least one local reporter. Read this article about the threat facing this house here. If any of our readers live in Wilmette--please do what you can as a local voice to save this house!
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Tiffany & Co. recently unveiled its 2014 "Blue Book" at a star-studded event that turned Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum into a color and light show that filled the museum’s iconic rotunda. Read more about it here.
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Irene K. sends a link to a 1960 home designed by Organic Architect William Kaeser in Madison, WI. According to the photos and listing it appears largely intact on the inside. Hopefully, someone wanting to live PrairieMod will buy it and take good care of it. Check out the listing here.
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Join Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin on Saturday May 3, 2014 for a rare opportunity to visit two distinctly different Frank Lloyd Wright private residences plus tour the nearby Crab Tree Farm, a private, century-old operating farm that just happens to contain one of the country's most extraordinary collections of furniture and decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement. More info after the jump...
The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold its biennial Grant Wood Symposium, “Revolt Against the City: Midwestern Culture in Hard Times,” Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 2014 at Art Building West.
Of particular note to PrairieMod readers is that on Friday April 25 at 7 pm, Dr. Anthony Alofsin will deliver the Symposium Keynote Address titled, “The Mid-Western Mind of Frank Lloyd Wright." More info here.
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May 17, 2014 is also the day of the All Wright Housewalk in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's the 40th anniversary of the event and it also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. I was asked to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event this year and it features a stylized illustration of the Home's iconic triangular facade nested with the official event logo. Buy your shirt here and be sure to wear it at the event to show your support--but get it while they last!
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