Scott T. found a Mod home for sale in Chicago designed by Mendel Glickman, who worked on the engineering of Frank Lloyd Wright's Johnson Wax Administration Building and Fallingwater. See the listing here.
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Now in the Features section: a look at Taliesin School of Architecture student Russell Mahoney's challenge of bringing the historic and the cutting edge together in his student shelter design. Read it here.
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This Usonian-esque design is a dream from the outside—but its contemporary "whitewashed" interiors sadly depart from the home's original Organic Architectural intent.
Nothing a design savvy new owner with some extra money can't make right. See more here.
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Historic image courtesy Scott T.
Following-up on the proposed redevelopment of the 100 block of State Street in Madison, WI, which would demolish several historic buildings. Mark H. sends a link to an update on the story from The Capital Times. Apparently, the city's planning department staff report rebuffs the plan and states it should be reworked to be more sensative to the historic quality of the block. It remains to be seen if this will stop the developers quest to see their redevelopment vision come to fruition. Read more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in the Sunday Los Angeles Times, which details the building celebrity anger and outrage at the planned demolition of the Bart Prince-designed Morgenthaler house (2005) in Malibu. Why a practically new, 7,000 sqft house is not sufficient enough for a couple with two kids certainly boggles my mind. Looks like another case of people having more dollars than sense. Read the article here.
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Now on sale for $55, go to site.
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We got some exciting news for anyone wanting to hang a beautiful image of a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural drawing in their home. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced a new licensing agreement with 1000Museums, the premier provider of archival reproductions from museums around the world. Now, with the help of print-on-demand technology, never-before-printed selections from the Foundation’s Archives will be available to admirers of Wright’s work. Find out more after the jump...
Mark H. sends a link to a troubling story in the New York Times about the often unconsidered (and terrible) human cost associated with the making of Apple's must-have products, such as iPads, iPhones, etc. Read it here.
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A couple of PrairieMod readers sent word that the Isidore Heller House (1897), an early masterpiece by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, is officially on the market for $2.5 million. Check out a lot of great photos here and a virtual walk-through here.
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Even though the holidays have past, you can still recall the mood by checking out this link that Scott T. found, featuring yummy Frank Lloyd Wright gingerbread building creations that were on display in December 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Gobble it up here.
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Canada's National Post features its home of the week: A 3,120-square-foot residence in Ontario designed by architect W. Millet Salter, who met Frank Lloyd Wright on a few occasions and was apparently influenced by the master architect in his work. Read and see more here.
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Here's a link to an article at the Madison, WI Capitol Times news site that discusses the possibility of the demolition of the 1867 Vallender Building, an example of a 19th century German architectural style called Rundbogenstil. Of interest is a mention of some of the notable figures who have passed by or spent time at the building, including Frank Lloyd Wright. Read it and see more photos of the historic 100 block of Madison's State Street here.
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Blair Kamin shares a special treat on his Cityscapes blog: Lecture notes from last Saturday's program on Mies van der Rohe's Tugendhat House by Chicago architect Dirk Lohan, in which two of Mies' residential masterpieces (Farnsworth and Tugenhat Houses) are compared and contrasted. Read it here.
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Scott T. sends sad news for those of us that appreciate progressive architecture and its history: The endangered Marshall Erdman office designed by architect William Kaeser in Madison, WI that we brought to your attention in September 2011 is now a pile of rubble. It's a real shame and waste--but I guess "progress" cannot be bothered with such things as historic buildings. As we learn more on the story of its demise, we'll let readers know.
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Here's a link to an article about Elmhurst college students exploring the hot topic of sand-casting bronze. It's a labor intensive art form that few people still practice. This article is of specific interest to architecture lovers in that one of the students expresses his desire to turn his experience in casting bronze into a way to help Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple replace the bronze epigram letters that were stolen off the building a few years ago and need to be replaced. Now that's a hot idea!
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Wright Chat user "m.perrino" was kind enough to post info and a link to an online collection of fantastic photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West for the Arizona Memory Project. It's a fitting tribute in this year marking T-West's 75th anniversary. Follow the link to check them out.
If you want to celebrate T-West in person, then plan on attending the special Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy event on March 17, 2012. Details here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to an interesting article about the "taste gap" between what the general public likes architecturally and what is liked by architects themselves (the article uses the 2012 AIA 25-year award for the Gehry House in Los Angeles as the example). Why does it matter? Seems the disconnect makes people distrust architects. Read more about it here.
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Melissa G. recently reminded us of the beautiful Usonian home designed in 1960 by Jerome Landfield that is still on the market for $349,000 in Glendale, WI. This gem was featured on the 2011 Wright and Like Tour and was an instant hit for anyone who saw it. Someone very lucky will buy this house and enjoy living PrairieMod in it! See the listing here.
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What happens when you turn down an offer of a lifetime to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for four years in Paris, all expenses paid; spend two years of study in Rome; come back to Chicago and be made partner in the city's most successful architectural firm? If you're a young Frank Lloyd Wright, you ultimately become the most celebrated American architect of all time.
Find out the story of when Wright turned down Daniel Burnham's amazing offer here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to troubling news that the Andrew Fuller House, designed by architect A. Quincy Jones and located in Fort Worth, TX, is in imminent danger of being demolished. The house carries no historic designation (despite being architecturally significant) and with the city's recent issuing of a demolition permit, things look bleak. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg has posted a bevvy of new reviews over at his blog, Wright in Racine. They include reviews of Patrick Mahoney's new book about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Davidson House; Randy Henning's 2011 book about Alfred Browning Parker's work; Roland Reisley's 2001 "Usonia" book, and a link to a demo of Tim Sakamoto's iPad app. Read them all here.
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In other R.M. Schindler news, the February 2012 issue of Dwell magazine has a small feature on the restoration of Rudolph Schindler's Bubeshko Apartments (1938) by DSH Architects. The article provides insights into the process and also some never-before-seen historic images and materials associated with the building. Get your issue at newsstands or through the Dwell website.
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Sometimes it's hard to believe what pops-up on Craig's List. As an example, PrairieMod pal, Bill S. sends a link to a listing asking for an offer to be made to buy the Rudolph Schindler-designed DeKeyser Duplex (1935) in Los Angeles.
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Karlitos E. sends a link to a podcast he thought PrairieMod readers would enjoy. "The Approachable Architect" with David Doucette is based in Santa Monica, California and has many great podcasts regarding topics such as "green" living, energy efficiency, conservation, etc. Check it out here.
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The Chandler Museum's extensive collection of photos, writings, and publications dating back to 1912 is being digitized and put up on the web for viewers to enjoy around the world. Read more about it here and check out some the site's Frank Lloyd Wright-related images here.
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Eastern Iowa Life reports that the Louis Sullivan-designed People’s Bank and Trust Building in Cedar Rapids, IA was named to the 2012 Most Endangered Properties list by Preservation Iowa. Severely damaged by flood waters in 2008, the bank is in danger of being lost if a restoration and ongoing preservation plan cannot be implemented. Read more about this perilous situation here.
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PrairieMod reader, Steven S., sent a link to a mentalfloss.com post showcasing several WPA era posters for zoos, including Chicago's own Brookfield Zoo! Check it out here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy wanted to let PrairieMod readers know about an exciting event that they’ll be hosting in Phoenix/Scottsdale on March 17, 2012. The day includes entrance to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Price House, a custom-designed tour of Taliesin West, a tour of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and an after-hours reception at the Phoenix Art Museum to see the landmark exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century. You will not want to miss this one! For detailed info and to find out how to sign-up, follow the link.
Image credit Judith Bromley/via The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation website
After posting yesterday about the Claude and Stark-designed Carnegie Library in Rochelle, IL, PrairieMod pal, John Clouse, was kind enough to send some photos of other Claude and Stark libraries he's visited. See all the photos after the jump...
Here's a link to an article about the new book written by Wright-historian Joseph M. Siry titled Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture that details and lavishly illustrates the story of Wright's only executed synagogue design. Read more here.
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Scott T. sends a link to the listing for Alfred Browning Parker's Floyd House (1968) in Ann Arbor, MI. This stunning home is a masterpiece of Organic Architecture and isn't located too far from Frank Lloyd Wright's Palmer House. Check out the full listing here.
If you want to learn more about Alfred Browning Parker's life and works, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the new book, The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist, by Randolph C. Henning. Get your copy here.
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In other House Industries news, their photolettering.com website was recently nominated for Design Museum London's "Design
of the Year 2012" award (aka "The "Oscars of the design world"). Check out more info about the award and the museum exhibit that features the winners here.
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House Industries sent word about a new exhibition titled "Fanatical Mechanical: Photo-Lettering and the Paste-Up Era" opens February 6, 2012 at Chapman University¹s Guggenheim Gallery. The show will display mechanical-era graphic artifacts with their modern iterations and deftly demonstrates the relevance of traditional graphic arts techniques in a contemporary context. By adroitly juxtaposing traditional materials and processes with contemporary applications, "Fanatical Mechanical" is less a history lesson and more a lesson of how to learn from history.
The exhibition opens Feb. 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with opening Lecture by Rich Roat of House Industries, Feb. 6, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Located at the Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CA, the exhibition runs from Feb. 6, 2012 through March 9, 2012 and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details here.
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Here's a link to a story about the newly restored Park Inn Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1910, from the Chicago Tribune. If you'd like to see this and many of the other architectural treasures in Mason City, plan on attending this year's Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. Details here.
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Steve P. let us know about a house for sale in St. Louis that was designed in 1951 by William Adair Bernoudy, who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright. Called the Schweiss House, it's a beautiful little Usonian gem that is going for about $410,000. Unfortunately, the house is being for sold for about what the lot is worth, so it is in real danger of being torn down.
It would be a real shame to lose such a fantastic little house to make way for some bloated McMansion. Hopefully a sympathetic buyer can be found who can save it! Find out more here, see more photos here, and here.
If you're interested in saving this house, contact Ted Wight at 314-607-5555 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
photo from the book William Adair Bernoudy, Architect
Over the weekend, Mark Hertzberg sent word that original Frank Lloyd Wright client, Albert "Ollie" Adelman, passed away last Friday. Mark wrote-up his own remembrance at his blog "Wright in Racine", which you can read here.
A few of the PrairieMod Squad members were lucky enough to visit Mr. Adelman's home in Fox Point, north of Milwaukee, last year as part of Wright in Wisconsin's 2011 Wright & Like event.
He was an amazing man, whose life was enriched by living in a Wright house, and was kind enough to share it with all of us.
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Throughout 2012, Gapers Block will be showcasing David Schalliol's photographic portrait series of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in Chicago. Explore the background information for the project, which includes definitions and links to other building resources. See the series so far here.
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Tired of winter and need to get your Mod on? Then plan on heading to the 7th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Week February 16-2, 2012.
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Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine.com dug-up some wonderful Technicolor footage of the 1934 Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair and posted it for all of us to enjoy. Check it out here and imagine how vibrant and uplifting visiting this Fair must have been for those mired in the depths pf the Great Depression.
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