PrairieMod reader, Debbie B., sent us a head's up about another J.J. Walser House art glass sighting—this time in an Urban Remains newsletter. Other high-profile Wright architectural items are and have been offered by the salvage company. Until these items are not treated as trophies and instead as integral parts of the buildings they belong to, this issue will persist. More here.
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"Even at the start, Anne Davis and Cris Picard followed a major Frank Lloyd Wright principle. They placed the house -- not on the apex of the hill -- but a little lower, tucked into a slope that is covered with switch grass."
"Their home combines the early Prairie and Usonian style."
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Not sure if this story should be labeled fearsome or farscical, but according to the LA Times, Crosby Doe, the veteran Los Angeles real estate agent, says after slashing the listing price of Frank Lloyd Wright's Millard House in Pasadena, CA over the last two years and not finding a buyer, Doe says he's talking to an international art dealer with Japanese art-collector clients who might be interested in buying the house and moving it to Japan. Read this bizarre story here.
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Received a note yesterday from Tracy Beckmann at Hotel Lautner. Sadly, the opening date for this restored architectural gem has been pushed back to sometime in 2011. Check out the website after the jump.
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Here's a link to an article about the upcoming centennial celebration for Frank Lloyd Wright's historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA, which originally opened on Sept. 10, 1910. Read more here.
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The type gurus at House Industries recently announced the release of some new silk screened prints on paper and plywood, featuring sweet "Mod" typographical designs. Check them out here.
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ODO (Organic Design Operatives) recently announced the launch of their Arrowroot Collection of furniture and home decor. Inspired by nature and the American Prairie School of design, this unique collection of home furnishings goes beyond the typical historical reproductions of the classics. Each piece is an original design created by ODO using the same organic design principles pioneered by Prairie School masters like Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell & Elmslie and George Mann Niedecken. Check out the entire collection here.
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The clock is ticking down for the John Lautner-designed Shusett House in Beverly Hills, CA. But preservationists are working hard to find an 11th-hour solution to try and save it. Curbed LA has an update to the last-ditch effort to save Shusett by potentially moving it to a new site. Read it here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College was inundated last Sunday by heavy rain, flooding the performing arts center. Read more about it here.
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The J.J. Walser, Jr. House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903 has had a rough life. Built on the West side of Chicago near to Oak Park and River Forest, the Prairie Style home (and its neighborhood) has not fared as well. Originally stripped of most of its art glass decades ago, some examples have recently turned up on eBay. Its another example of architectural speculators trying to make a buck off of an unfortunate situation. It would be great if the home could some day be restored and its glass returned to where it belongs. See the listings here and here.Image via eBay
We previously had posted on the opportunity to rent one of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Suntop Homes in south eastern Pennsylvania. We recently ran across a post on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's "Wright Chat" by user "jhealy" that one of the units is now for sale. Check out the details here.
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The Washington Post recently ran an article with a photo slide show looking at the home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son, Llewellyn, in Bethesda, MD. Now, Llewellyn's son and his wife live there, continuing the family legacy. Read it here.Image copyright Katherine Frey
Thanks to PMod reader, Kevin B., for sending a link following-up on a previous post about losing the iconic Larkin Administration Building in Buffalo, NY. Here's the next installment from buffalorising.com about the ill-fated company and its amazing building that you can read here.
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The Mad Men Barbie dolls would feel right at home in this modern doll house designed by architect Tim Boyle. It has solar panels that power LED lights throughout the building and the construction uses non-toxic and lead-free stains and paints. A furniture kit will follow in fall 2010.
Check it out after the jump.
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Someone really has it out for Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL. Three of the copper letters that make up the famous statement above the entrance to the building have been stolen. The theft took place between July 22 and July 27 and the letters were valued at $5,200. Unity Temple, which desperately requires a multi-million dollar restoration, doesn't need to have insult added to injury with these acts of cowardly vandalism. Read the local police blotter about the crime here. Please, be part of the solution and show your support for Wright's masterpiece by being a part of the effort to save it! Follow the link to help.
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Blair Kamin reports on his Cityscapes blog that the Art Deco era Ashland Avenue bridge in Chicago will be receiving some much needed repair and maintenance by the city. Read about it here.
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The Del Mar Times reports that artist and builder Herbert B. Turner died this week. Inspired by hearing a talk by Frank Lloyd Wright, Turner came to Del Mar to seek an apprenticeship with Frank's son, John Lloyd Wright, who was also an architect. Read more about Mr. Turner's life and work here.
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Celebrate the Taliesin's 100th Birthday by ordering this exclusive 2011 calendar. Dedicated to the Centennial Anniversary of Taliesin, this beautiful calendar is a must-have, with all proceeds supporting the preservation and operation programs of Taliesin Preservation, Inc. Get yours here.Image via Taliesin Preservation, Inc.
Antiques and Arts Online reports that two Wright-related lots at the June 23, 2010 Bonhams auction saw much interest and sold for hefty sums. An archive relating to the Hartford, Conn., "New Theatre" project, including a number of letters between Wright and actor/director Paton Price, brought $27,450. Additionally, a group of 13 original blueprints from Wright's "Fallingwater" project more than doubled its estimate of $4/6,000, realizing a final price of $12,200. Hopefully they went to a place where they can be accessed by scholars and the public. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago based ArchiTech Gallery has assembled dozens of historical works for their upcoming exhibition which will include such works as 18th Century villas, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses, a Rodin House drawing (shown here) by Bruce Goff and more. "The House: Drawings for Residential Architecture" opens the Fall season on September 10th and continues to December 25th, 2010. Look for details at the ArchiTech Gallery website.
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I received the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's new, color magazine in the mail yesterday. It's chock full of interesting information about the UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination for a collection of 10 important Wright buildings. Get your copy (and future copies) by becoming a member of the FLWBC here.
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Kevin B. was kind enough to forward on a link to an exciting series of events happening this September in Mason City, IA celebrating the centennial of the opening of Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel and the upcoming grand re-opening of this important architectural icon. Get all the details here.
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Thanks to PrairieMod reader, Randy H., for the tip that a new DVD documentary on the Guggenheim Museum is now available. As Randy states: "it’s basically a casual, sometimes light, but for sure extremely informative and enjoyable narrative by Wright scholar Neil Levine with some incredible graphic effects throughout. Extremely well done, IMHO." Check out details on the standard edition here and a special edition here.Image via Amazon.com
Chicago loves its food and its architecture. Why not mix the two? That's the goal behind Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan's newest restaurant, Henri, which is set to open in the landmark 18 South Michigan Ave. building designed by Louis Henri Sullivan (thus the name). Read more about it here and here.
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The Chicago Architecture Foundation is offering a new tour of the Inland Steel Building, the first skyscraper built within the Chicago Loop after World War II. Explore the exterior and interior of this iconic 1958 modern masterpiece by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and learn the stories of who commissioned the building, who designed it, and why it has attained such fame as a classic example of mid-century modernism. Get the details here.
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PrairieMod reader, Karl K., dropped us a line to say that he came across an interesting opportunity for architecture lovers in Gainesville, Florida. Apparently, there is a bank drive-in facility that's been replaced by a building-side window. It's now available for rent along with adjacent parking and landscaping on a corner, in-town site. The design is solidly Organic in nature and some industrious person could make a killer walk-up or drive-in business. Thanks Karl! If anyone's interested in finding out more details, call the phone number pictured in the photo.
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Here's a link to an article about Firoz Mistry, a former Taliesin apprentice who, in 1957, traveled halfway around the world in from India to work with Frank Lloyd Wright. Read all about it here.
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