The band Wilco has had a long love affair with Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City towers (they appeared on the cover of the band's hit record, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2002). Perhaps that was the inspiration for artist Nate Duval to mash-up the architectural corncobs with another Chicago-based icon, American Gothic, but Grant Wood (which hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago) for a recent Wilco and the Jim Becker Group show poster. Whatever the inspiration, it's a fun image! If you like, you can get your own here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article highlighting Phoenix's historic preservation officer, Michelle Dodds, and her efforts to save Phoenix's historic architecture, which she has outlined in a plan called PreserveHistoricPHX that will be presented to the Phoenix City Council next month. Read more about it here.
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Lisa T. sends word that there's some potential danger for the Edward Dart-designed house for sale at 1021 Lake Cook Road in Highland Park, IL. Apparently a developer wants to tear down the main house and secondary small structure (which was rented out and used to be a tool shed) and build 14 houses on the almost 5 acre property—which would be a huge loss to the community. Read more about the home here and check out the listing info here.
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Here's a link to an article on the house that architect Lawrence A. Fournier designed and built in 1910 that melds Arts and Crafts with Prairie elements and became one of the first homes built in North Minneapolis. Read more here.
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The current owner of the David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, AZ saved the day when he purchased the home from developers who were eager to demolish it. His plans since have involved much needed restoration work and preparing the grounds for a grander use as a public site. Unfortunately, this has some of the neighbors up in arms and vowing to fight the zoning changes. Read more about it and watch a video here.
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The New York Times reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in will attempt to raise $2 million before the end of 2015 to secure its long-term future as an independent organization, apart from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. This comes after the public kerfuffle over the school's loss of accreditation in 2017 and path towards dissolution. Read more about it here.
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The Charleston Gazette reports that the silver lining to the vandalism of the intriguing "Top-O-Rock" house (designed by architect Henry Elden in 1968) is a renewed interest in capturing the oral history on the home and its architect and sparking a design competition that envisions the future use of for the house and its property in West Virginia. Read more about it here.
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Chicagobusiness.com features an article on architect Chris Enck's recent purchase and subsequent moving of the 1928 a John S. Van Bergen-designed Irving Residence—formally of Wilmette, IL. The action saved the home from demolition and the move will allow another town to benefit from having an important work of Prairie architecture added to it. Read more about it here.
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It's that time of year when you're probably getting a ton of letters from not-for-profit organizations asking for year-end donations. While many of those causes are worthwhile to support, I received a letter from The Friends of Cedar Rock, who oversee the stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walter House in Quasqeton, IA, for a cause that I think is definitely worth supporting. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Walker House in Carmel, CA has a new neighbor: An attractive new public restroom that strives to be aesthetically suitable for its seaside location and architectural cousin. Read more here.
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Nelson B. also sends a link to an article on the efforts by Mark Sanders to restore Bruce Goff's McGregor House in Tulsa, OK. Mark learned of the home's pedigree originally in the Friends of Kebyar's Bruce Goff Oklahoma Guide. Learn more and become a member to the Bruce Goff organization here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to an article in Architect Magazine that probes the soul searching questions around the current Herculean task of developing (and then implementing) a comprehensive restoration master plan for Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Follow the link to read more about the challenges in what current FLlW Foundation president and CEO Sean Malone calls the effort to ..."nurture that ephemeral feeling without having an ephemeral reality.”
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The Louis Sullivan-designed Chicago Auditorium officially opened 125 years ago today on December 9, 1889. In honor of Chicago's oldest theater and what was billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" when it opened, I dug up and scanned a period hand colored Magic Lantern glass slide of the Auditorium Building from my archival materials. Read about the celebratory events planned for the anniversary here.
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Scott T. sends a link to a townhome for sale in Phoenix, AZ designed by Taliesin Fellow, Charles Robert Schiffner. See more photos and the listing here.
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Attention architecture lovers and Facebook users: A new Facebook page has been launched for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Willey house in Minneapolis, MN. Be sure to "Like" the page to stay on-top of news worthy postings and to see vintage images and learn more backstory about the house. Follow the link to learn more.
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December 4, 1973 was a special day for architecture lovers. As posted on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's Facebook page, it was on that day that Oak Park’s Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District was added to the U.S. Register of Historic Places. The federally designated Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District includes roughly 80 structures, such as the Mrs. Thomas H. Gale House, Nathan G. Moore Residence, Arthur Heurtley House, Frank Thomas House, Edwin H. Cheney House, Oscar B. Balch House, and, of course, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. Plan a visit to see why it was important to protect these places.
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PrairieMod reader Anthony T. sends a May 18, 1938 Pioneer Press newspaper article (including photo) about a Frank Lloyd Wright visit and lecture in St. Paul, MN (Malcolm Willey introduced him). Anthony goes on to say that the school that Wright spoke at (Summit School) still exists at the same address and the St. Paul Union Station depot (which Wright actually compliments) was recently restored and reopened. Thanks for sending Anthony! Click on the image to read the whole article.
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The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) held its 2014 Awards Gala on November 8, 2014 at The Fortnightly of Chicago. The theme was "A Foundation for Preservation", honoring the work of early initiators and continuing supporters of preservation work in Chicago. The gala’s nearly 200 attendees included architectural historians, architects, preservationists, and others from the Chicago architecture community. The event raised over $45,000 to support the educational mission of SAH and the ongoing restoration of SAH’s landmark headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, which suffered flood damage in August. More after the jump...
Be sure to catch the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, which showcases Wright's interior designs through reproduction drawings, photographs, and photographic murals. On display through January 4, 2015. More info here.
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'Tis the season for high-profile 20th century design items at auction. Case-in-point is a pair of extremely rare copper weed holders designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that are being auctioned off at Sotheby's on December 17, 2014 at an auction estimate of $200,000-$300,000. Check out this link to see the lot in better detail and to read the accompanying catalogue note by Wright scholar, David A. Hanks.
Not to be outdone, Christies has a Wright-designed oak library table from the Coonley House in Riverside, IL at its December 9, 2014 auction with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. See the lot info in more detail here.
The auction with the most Frank Lloyd Wright items in December has to be (appropriately enough) Wright Auction's December 11, 2014 "Important Design" auction, which features 18 Wright-related pieces, from original chairs, to drawings, to art glass windows. See them all here.
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The LA Times reports that the John Lautner-designed Bob and Dolores Hope estate in Palm Springs, CA has been price-chopped to $24.999 million, less than half of the $50 million original asking price. Read more here.
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Hyperallergic.com reports that at its December 9, 2014 public meeting the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) plans to expunge 96 locations from its landmark status consideration for the sake of streamlining the agency's process. The concern is that this action leaves these sites with little to no protection in the meantime (and we've learned that high-profile NYC sites like the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hoffman Auto Show Room can be demolished). Read more here.
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The six finalists and their designs for the new Guggenheim Helsinki have been announced. While the competition to design this high profile work of architecture drew thousands of competitive designs from around the world, the six that were chosen leave me saying: "Meh." Let's just say the flagship New York City museum doesn't have to worry about being upstaged. Read and see more here.
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Mark H. sends a link from the New York TImes which analyzes how New York's World Trade Center Transportation Hub and its Santiago Calatrava-designed winged “Oculus” pavilion are nearing the $4 billion mark for cost. See some interesting video of it being built and read more about it here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design is at the printer and is expected to start shipping mid-December 2014.
To celebrate this holiday season, Volume 2 : Number 3 presents a collection of organic abstract holiday cards—a festival for the eyes—that we hope readers will enjoy. This issue features 50 holiday cards designs (some never-before-published) from over twenty organic architects and designers.
As a tease, you can see some sample spreads of this upcoming issue after the jump...
Tristatehomepage.com reports that the William Wesley Peters-designed Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, IN has been purchased by Indiana Landmarks and efforts are underway to move the prototype Usonian house moved to the University of Evansville campus by late next year. Read more here.
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Michael B. sends a link to a house for sale by Taliesin apprentice Cary Caraway in Madison, WI. The three-bedroom house retains its pecky cypress walls, mahogany ceilings, copper fireplace hoods, and terrazzo floors. For $389,900 it can be yours. Check out the listing and more photos here.
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Zachary Matthews sends some fantastic photos of the newly-restored Bruce Goff-designed Sooner Play Park Tower in Bartlesville, OK. The grand reopening of the tower was on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, where local residents who attended the original tower opening in 1964 were invited to be the first to climb the restored tower. A brave adventure in the days 25mph wind gusts.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust announced the news that the William E. Drummond-designed "Thorncroft" Residence (1912) in Riverside, IL has been added to the 2015 Wright Plus Housewalk, which takes place on May 16, 2015. Get more details here and pre-order your tickets before they sell out!
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Steve S. sends word that a condo in Minneapolis, MN designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's chief draftsman, John H. Howe, is on the market for $239,900. Howe designed the unit for Mr. and Mrs. Russell Burris (who were also the second owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Willey House). See the listing here.
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Curbed National recently featured a house designed by architect and Frank Lloyd Wright associate, David Henken, for sale in Pound Ridge, NY. The 1956 home is a beauty, with loads of angles, natural wood, and a rock outcropping in the living room. For $1.495 million it can be yours. Check out more here.
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This Saturday, November 29, 2014, will be the closing of the ArchiTech Gallery's last show, with the final gallery closing on December 31, 2014. If you're in the Chicagoland area and love architecture, then be sure to stop by before this institution is gone forever. More info here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright loved Christmas and celebrated it in very traditional ways with his six children in his Oak Park Home and Studio. In honer of the season and this legacy, The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will once again offer free holiday tours at the Oak Park Home and Studio on December 13 and 20, 2014. More details after the jump...
John A. sends a link to a review of the book, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design (which your Prairiemod editor designed) from Bruce Johnson of artsandcraftscollector.com. Read it here. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the architecture enthusiast on your list, then I'd highly recommend this book! Get a signed copy from the author, David Jameson, here.
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As part of their series called "Home Tour," WCPO contributor Brent Coleman was given the chance to tour and photograph the rarely seen Frank Lloyd Wright-designed William P. Boswell House in Indian Hill, OH. The catch? You have to be a subscriber to see and read it. If you don't want to take the bait and sign up, then check out photos from when the house was last on the market here and here.
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