Curbed National reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed (but posthumously built) "Pottery" House in Santa Fe, NM is on the market for $4.75 million. There's much contention amongst purists as to whether it should be considered a "Wright" house, since it has been altered and was built after his death--but there's no denying it's an amazing building. See more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today it has hired nationally honored not-for-profit executive Sean Malone to serve as the organization’s next President and CEO. Malone comes to The Foundation with more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience, including leadership roles for the past 15 years at Ten Chimneys Foundation. On February 1, 2012, Malone will take over for interim-President and CEO Anne Maley who is stepping down in early 2012 and who will assist in the transition. Read more after the jump...
I came across Whether Bags a few weekends ago at Chicago's Randolph Street Antique Market and thought they looked simple, Mod and well-crafted. Turns out that what's especially great about the bags is that they are constructed from sustainable materials and each one is crafted locally in Chicago, IL (with all of the materials sourced and purchased within the USA). Check out more info here and shop online here.
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The Wisconsin State Journal reports on the proposed plan to transform the shoreline at Law Park on Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin into a gathering space that would include festival grounds and a boat house based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Only one thing stands in its way—lack of funds. Read more about it here.
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The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is hosting a lecture event at the Nokomis Library in Minneapolis titled "Works In Progress" next Tuesday, November 29, 2011 that will feature a presentation by Rob Barros on John Howe, Frank Lloyd Wright's premier draftsman and superb Organic Architect in his own right.
As PrairieMod readers may know, Rob is actively working on his John Howe documentary, so this talk will likely feature some choice sneak peeks at the life and work of this important Taliesin figure. For more details on the Work In Progress event, click here.
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In a series of metropolitan visits, John Hill of Houzz.com offers up a comparative look at Modernism as a string of regional expressions vs. a universally pervasive theme and its effect on contemporary architecture. Here's a link to his tour of what Chicago's regional Modernism has to offer (which, of course is heavily influenced by personalities like Wright and Mies). Read it here.
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The Chicago-based auction house, Wright20, recently posted the lots of their December 15, 2011 auction online. Among several items designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Purcell & Elmslie sits the auction's premier item: The Kenneth Laurent House.
Those of you following the unfolding news of this home's imminent auction will be interested to view the listing for this Usonian gem. Interest among preservationists still exists to try and keep the home and its furnishings intact, but time and the bidding paddle may not be on their side. See the listing here.
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There is much buzz in the preservation architecture world over the potential auctioning-off of the Kenneth Laurent House and its contents in Rockford, IL. This recent article highlights the efforts of local preservation group known as the Laurent House Foundation, which has until December 15, 2011 to raise the money needed to secure the home or it goes to auction. If this happens, the possibility the next owner may not maintain the home to its current condition, or keep the furniture/decor in tact is very real.
If you would like to pledge to make a contribution to help save this local gem, ensuring it is open to the public, contact the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 815-962-2110 or John Groh at 815-963-8111.
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PrairieMod Squad member, Scott T., shared an architectural find this morning that other readers should enjoy. Scott believes the photo at left is of Peter Berndtson's 1955–57 entrance gate for Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA (for which the architect also designed an administration building and water park). The park still exists, but the entrance has changed and Scott's not sure what of Berndtson's work is still extant on the site. If any other PrairieMod readers know or have photos to share, I'll be happy to post for everyone to enjoy.
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After successfully hosting many new out-of-town visitors during the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national conference last month, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff is building additional momentum as a heritage tourism destination by harnessing the continuing support of two local corporations to welcome future visitors. Read more after the jump...
One of the most rare pieces of Chicago’s rich architectural legacy is preserved inside the Art Institute of Chicago. However, all of us now have the opportunity to own the magic of Louis Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, thanks to the efforts of a passionate collector and some highly skilled artists. More after the jump...
Paul R. sends a link to a sweet and very Mod wooden dock for your iPhone from Uncommon Goods that turns it into a bedside alarm clock. More details and order info here.
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This article from The Courier-News discusses the careful and revitalizing work of controlled burns for prairie health. Of particular interest is that the burning in the article focuses on the prairie adjacent to Frank Lloyd Wright's Muirhead Farmhouse. Read more here.
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An article recently posted at rrstar.com should raise some flags for people concerned about the preservation of significant architecture. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kenneth Laurent House in Rockford, IL has been on the market for some time, without any sale and it may soon be on the auction block.
A local preservation group wants to purchase the home for a museum, but has had trouble raising the funds. It may come down to a last-ditch effort as the home prepares to go to on December 15, 2011. Let's hope the home ends up with a new steward who can take care of it and recognize its important architectural significance. Read more here and here.
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After posting about the domed lair on top of a volcano for sale, PrairieMod reader, Melissa, was kind enough to let us know the architect is Harold J. Bissner Jr. She also provided a link to an article about the home with more info. Read it here. Thanks Melissa!
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PrairieMod reader, Jessamyn M. sent word that she visited Sarah Susanka's "Not So Big" show house, which opened in Libertyville, IL this weekend. She says it's definitely worth a visit to check out the authors ideas put into practice. Plus, Room&Board did the decorating—including several Teco Art Pottery Collection® pieces! Check out more here.
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Here's a link to an article on the New York Times website about the striking new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, designed by the architect Moshe Safdie. The building's form evokes comparisons to the Sydney Opera House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim and the stainless steel use of Frank Gehry. Whatever it is, it's definitely something new for Kansas City, MO. Read more here.
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Scott T. finds and shares this unique Usonian-esque home for sale in Long Eddy, NY that sports a beautiful "meadow" roof. See more images and photos here.
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St. Louis County is in financial duress and that means painful cuts. On the chopping block are county parks and their associated jobs. This is of note for architecture lovers, due to the fact that one of the smaller parks in jeopardy is Kirkwood's Ebsworth Park, which is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kraus House. The non-profit organization that oversees the house museum has a lease with the county's park and could have that relationship wrecked as a result. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. send a link to an article in the New York Times about Porsche's plans for a new headquarters in Atlanta and an experience center in Los Angeles. Read more here.
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Buffalo Business First reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed D.D. Martin House recently received $250,000 from Louis Ciminelli, president and chief executive officer of LPCiminelli Co., as seed money towards for a $750,000 challenge grant that will lay a foundation for an estimated $5 million needed for the house's interior renovations. Read more about it here.
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President Obama gave Prairie School props to Walter Burley Griffin on his recent visit to Canberra, Australia saying :
"I know I am not the first guy from Chicago to come to these parts,’’ he said. ‘‘A century ago, Walter Burley Griffin came here with a vision for this city. He said, ‘I have planned a city that is not like any other in the world’. Tonight I want to thank all of you and the people of Australia for the hospitality that is unlike any other in the world.’’
As readers may know, Canberra is the city Griffin and wife Marion Mahony influenced through their competition winning design in 1912.
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The John Toomey Gallery's next auction on December 4, 2011 will feature several impressive and important 20th Century items. As I perused the electronic catalog, one offering stuck out on page 68: Lot 350 George W. Maher-designed game table and two chairs from the 1906 Ernest J. Magerstadt House in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. Read more after the jump...
Triblocal.com reports that North Central College has renamed the 1916 Truitt House, one of three Prairie School homes in Naperville, IL designed by architect Harry Franklin Robinson.
The college owns the home and decided to rename it the Abe House in honor of long-time alumni supporters, William and Mary Abe. Read more about it here.
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Blair Kamin's Cityscapes rails against the new Bank of America ads "uglifying" Chicago's Wabash Avenue Bridge—an aesthetically misplaced attempt by the cash-strapped city to raise extra revenue.
Maybe if we take the musical advice of an animated Paul Anka from the classic Simpsons Halloween episode Attack of the 50-foot Eyesores and "Just Don't Look" they will lose their power, disappear sooner, and never return. One can only hope. Read more here.
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Scott T. sends word of a Madison, WI Mod open house tour set for November 20, 2011 that readers in the area may want to attend. It's a chance to peek inside the Dr. Maxine Bennett house, designed around 1956 by architect John Steinmann (and also currently on the market.) Get all the details here.
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Another Wright-related item I came across yesterday that I'm eagerly awaiting is the release of Dr. Anthony Alofsin's new book, Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector: Secessionist Prints from the Turn of the Century, set to be released from the University of Texas Press on April 1, 2012. The book examines the impact of the recently discovered personal collection of Secessionist art prints (acquired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick Cheney during their controversial trip to Europe in 1909-1910) on Wright's tastes and work. Read more details about this intriguing forthcoming book here.
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The Kalo Foundation recently enjoyed a visit from a very special vistor to the Iannelli Studios building in Park Ridge, IL. Katy Ralph grew up knowing the Iannelli's and returned to see the building Kalo has worked so hard to save from destruction. Read more about this remarkable story after the jump...