Image from Washington University Library Archive
Image from Washington University Library Archive
I caught an interesting episode of "Modern Marvels" all about chrome on the History Channel the other day. Featured in the episode was one of my all-time favorite works of architecture, the Chrysler Building. Apparently, it's chrome (and lots of it) that makes that Art Deco masterpiece shimmer so beautifully. Catch the episode or order the DVD to learn all about it.Image via Wikipedia
Most of historic Grace Hall was demolished Thursday as part of Woodstock Christian Life Services’ plans to expand its senior-living campus. The Prairie-style brick building once was part of the Todd School for Boys. Among its notable residents was filmmaker Orson Welles and Robert R. Wilson, an architect of Fermi National Laboratory. Read more of this sad tale here.
Architectural historian Dana Hutt will present a talk this Saturday titled "Lloyd Wright: Architect of Sunshine and Shadow," the last installment of this season's Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series organized by the Gamble House in Pasadena. The Hutt event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
A related tour of three Lloyd Wright homes in the Los Angeles area is planned for May 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The stops will be the Sowden house in Los Feliz and the Derby house in Glendale, both built in 1926, and the Gainsburg house in La Cañada Flintridge, built in 1946. More details here and here.
Here's your chance to get a tour of one of the most controversial works of architecture built in a long time. The Chahroudi Residence on Petra Island in New York state (originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but built posthumously) will be open for a limited tour as part of The Putnam County Secret Garden Tour on June 12, 2010. More details here.
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Still think increasing oil drilling off our coasts is a good idea? A Jamaica-sized oil slick (and growing) in the Gulf of Mexico that threatens wildlife, the fishing industry and the health of the area's residents says otherwise. An ecological disaster of this magnitude will hopefully spark a firm resolve to finally get our country on a clean, renewable energy fast track. In the meantime, you can get "slick and tired" of this horrible mess here.
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Here's a link to an article praising the newly restored Frank Lloyd Wright-designed American System-Built bungalow in Milwaukee, WI. Read more here.
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After almost six years of difficulty and bankruptcy, the Nakoma Resort and Golf Course at Gold Mountain has been sold to the Schomac Group, Inc., developers out of Tucson, Ariz. A legacy design of Frank Lloyd Wright, the golf resort has been "stuck in the rough" for awhile. Read more about it here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Gordon House was designed in
1957, completed in Wilsonville, OR, in 1964, and was moved to The Oregon Garden in Silverton in 2002. It is the only Frank
Lloyd Wright-designed building in Oregon and the only one in the
Northwest that is open to the public. Check out photos from a recent visit here.
In addition to this Usonian treasure and the beautiful surrounding gardens, the area also hosts the breathtaking Silver Falls State Park with the Trail of Ten Falls. One could easily spend a few days in the area.
Blair Kamin follows-up on his recent trip to Unity Temple with a call to action to celebrate the restoration of its steel-reinforced concrete south roof slab project and continue the support of this important building's ongoing restoration. Kamin also entreats readers to support another restoration project designed by Wright's mentor, Louis Sullivan: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral on Chicago's Near West Side—which will be hosting a fundraiser on Friday, May 14. Read all about it here.
Image via Blair Kamin's Cityscapes blog
PrairieMod reader, Scott T., sent me a link to a blog all about the life and work of former Taliesin Apprentice, Don Erickson, written by one of Erickson's family members. Check it out here.
Image via Don Erickson blog
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I love Chris Ware's graphic illustration style and up-front satire. Apparently, the editors over at Fortune don't share that same appreciation. A recent cover illustration they commissioned from Chris was rejected for reasons unstated—but a close look at the illustration reveals several elements the "Fortune 500" would likely find a little too personal. Check it out here.
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A PrairieMod reader let us know that a home designed by John Hickman, a former Taliesin Apprentice, in Wichita is currently for sale. Check out the details here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House (1936) in Palo Alto, CA is an elegant example of Wright's ability to manipulate space using complex geometric shapes as his guide. The six-sided hexagon pattern can be found throughout the house, giving it the nickname "Honeycomb House." Read more here.Image copyright Karin Moriarty
Mark Hertzberg recently returned from a trip out west and had time to shoot some photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis and Sturges houses in Los Angeles. Check them out at his blog, wrightinracine.com.
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Blair Kamin reports on a new mobile-enriched architecture tour put together by the Chicago-based Society of Architectural Historians. It involves downloading a Microsoft application, finding a sign on a building, scanning a bar codes on that sign with your smart phone and then some info and photos pop-up about the building. Interesting concept, but we're (obviously) still partial to our untethered, more flexible and intensely content laden FanGuide™ Chicago Loop tour.
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Here's a link to an article on a recent event "Down Under" that focused on the interesting friendship between Australian writer, Stella ''Miles'' Franklin and American architectural icon, Marion Mahony Griffin. Read more here.
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During my winter travels to AZ, FL and Cali, I picked up a Moleskine Notebook to create a Travel Journal. I soon discovered that no one knows how to pronounce it, (Mole-skin?). Apparently, Moleskine does not have an official pronunciation as it is a "brand name with undefined national identity" and this viral video underscores the fact.
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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin's next Wright Lecture Series will feature prefab phenomenon, Jennifer Siegal, on Tuesday April 27 at 7:00 pm at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. Jennifer will discuss her work in all things prefab (including her work on the Taliesin Mod.Fab™) in a lecture titled "Generation Mobile: The Death of Distance". More details here. Thanks to PrairieMod reader Scott T. for the link!
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I recently came across these rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Coonley House windows for sale at Urban Remains. Not sure when they were separated from the (still-standing) house—but they really deserve to be reunited with their intended site. Hopefully, Urban Remains and the current Coonley House owners can work out a situation where that can happen. See more here.
Image via Urban Remains
The sixth annual Stanford Historic House & Garden Tour will take place Sunday, April 25. The theme this year is "A Study in Contrasts," with three pre-1930s homes (designed by Charles Sumner and John Branner) and two built in 1936, one by Wurster and Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House. More info here.
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Robert at KCMODERN sent us the heads-up on an upcoming event where Frank Lloyd Wright's grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, will present a lecture at Wichita State University on May 8, 2010. An Open House Reception will follow at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Allen Lambe House. Get all the details here.
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PrairieMod reader, Janet H. shared a link to a fantastic preservation-minded group in Cincinnati called cf3 (code for Cincinnati Form Follows Function). Check out what the group is all about here.
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Here's your chance to enjoy a special evening event and tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Schaberg Residence in Okemos, Michigan, thanks to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's 4th Annual “A Taste of Art and Life” on Thursday, May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Find out the details here.
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Here's a link to an article that outlines the life and legacy of Canada's Prairie School architect, Francis Conroy Sullivan. Read it here.
Image copyright Julie Oliver, The Ottawa Citizen