Hyperallergic.com recently posted an article exploring Frank Lloyd Wright's experiments with the spiraling ramp feature at the V.C. Morris Gift Shop and how it lead to its use at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Read it here.
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Michael Bridgeman informs us that Tuesday night the Madison, Wisconsin city council approved a zoning change will allow the hotel proposed for the Robie Lamp House block to exceed established height limits. The result is that more shadow will be cast on the Lamp House and its context will be further degraded. The vote was 13 to 7 in favor of the zoning change.
In the meantime, a working group has started research toward creating a small historic district that would include the Lamp House, a recommendation in the special report of the Lamp House block committee adopted by the council last year. We'll continue to keep readers informed of this long-running preservation challenge.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that Glencoe Park District commissioners voted unanimously to start formal discussions with the Glencoe Historical Society on developing a park space and re-constructing a Wright-designed rail station along the Green Bay Trail. Read more about it here.
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Every Friday evening in April, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present April After Hours at Robie House, a festive, casual gathering with live music and refreshments. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed residence will be open 5-8 p.m. beginning April 3, and continuing April 10, 17 and 24. Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More after the jump...
LEGOs are having a good week, thanks to the Oscars. Shining the spotlight on Wright-related LEGO creations, here's a link to some photos by Mark Hertzberg of a LEGO model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Research Tower built by Chris Eyerly of Kenosha. It's on display in Fortaleza Hall on the SC Johnson campus in Racine, WI. See more at wrightinracine.com.
Photo copyright Mark Hertzberg
Dr. William Allin Storrer sends word that the new single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America is now available. According the Dr. Storrer: "A few major improvements, lots of minor ones. Some plans resized. Where two appear for comparison, I’ve tried often to make them to the same scale, for instance. Since the printer won’t use hard surface paper, there is a limit to what I can do to the color photos, but a number are improved." More info here.
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Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15–19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the 68th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. But the conference isn’t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH 75th International Anniversary Celebration at The Rookery, over 30 architectural tours, the SAH Chicago Seminar and the conference plenary talk. More after the jump...
If you watched the Oscars last night, the most excited anyone got was not for the traditional gold statues, but the yellow plastic LEGO ones made by artist Nathan Sawaya. In looking around this morning at other LEGO creations, I came across a pretty sweet plastic brick version of Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt "Seacliff" design for the cliffs of San Francisco. Check out more here.
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Curbed Chicago reports another price drop for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House (1906) in Highland Park, IL. If you have $799,000, this stunning and important Prairie School gem can be yours. Someone out there has to snap this beauty up! Check more out here.
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When the John S. Van Bergen Fox River Day School shut down in 2011, a slow steady decline occurred for the buildings until they reached the dilapidated state they are today. The City of Elgin is challenged to figure out how to keep the buildings from crumbling (or being ruined by vandals and squatters) and figure out how to develop the 11 buildings on the campus into a new, thriving iteration. Read more here.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ravine Bluffs community in Glencoe, IL, billed as the third largest concentration of Wright architecture in one area in the world. According to a recent article in the Daily North Shore, the Glencoe Historical Society is celebrating the anniversary with a bevvy of events, including "a public art project, Wright Around Town, modeled after Chicago’s Cows on Parade, will allow artists to design replicas of the Wright-designed street markers that delineate the boundaries of Ravine Bluffs. GHS will also unveil the results of new historical research at an exhibit opening at 375 Park Avenue museum this spring — culminating in a new book in the fall — that features three of Booth’s grandchildren who are providing “quite a few never-before-seen aspects” of the town’s history..." Get more details at the event's official website here.
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Kathleen Skolnik wanted to let PrairieMod readers know about two programs that the Chicago Art Deco Society (CADS) is sponsoring. CADS has invited architect Wilfredo Rodriguez Ramos of Camaguey, Cuba to visit Chicago to meet with architects, preservationists, and educators. CADS initiated this visit some time ago, and it's now become especially timely with the news that the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba may be normalizing. More after the jump...
The frigid cold in Chicago has many of us thinking of the warm sweet weather of May. Another thing to look forward to in May will be the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Out and About Wright 2015 event taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana May 1-3, 2015. Titled "Wright and Modernism in Indiana" the all-day tour planned on Saturday May 2 will visit Wright’s John E. Christian House (aka Samara) and the Richard Davis House. The tour will also include Edward Larrabee Barnes’ Christian Theological Seminary, the Roche-Dinkeloo Pyramids and more.
The tour to Columbus, Indiana and the Miller House reached capacity pretty quickly, so at the moment the FLWBC is only accepting people on a wait list, and if they have enough demand they may add another tour Friday afternoon. Check out more info here and register online here.
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A recent article in the Chicago Tribune discusses how a proposed new transmission line of electrical towers by ComEd extending through Ogle, DeKalb, DuPage and Kane counties would negatively impact the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Muirhead Farmhouse. I asked Janet Halstead, Executive Director at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to provide PrairieMod readers with some info on what's being done by the preservation community to try and alter this disturbing development. Read more after the jump...