You can probably play "Six Degrees of Separation" with Frank Lloyd Wright or one of his buildings with just about anyone famous. Case in point: The Beatles share a connection to Wright via Yoko Ono, who apparently attended school at Frank Lloyd Wright's Jiyu Gakuen school in Tokyo, Japan. Read more about it here.
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Mimi Zeiger opines in DeZeen Magazine about the return of what she calls "Hippie Architecture" — the Organic, eccentric, often handmade architecture often found in several corners of California, the Pacific Northwest, and other familiar haunts of the long hairs and incense burners. The recent series finale to the popular MCM-era show, Mad Men, is referenced as part of this return of what Mimi considers the duplicity of a counter-culture architecture that ultimately promotes disengagement. I'm not sure I agree with her premise but I know one thing--I'd much rather have a world of Organic, Nature-embracing architecture than what's been predominantly built over the recent decades. Read and see what you think here.
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The LA Times reports on the Getty Foundation recently announced the second round of grants awarded as part of its "Keeping It Modern" conservation initiative. Among the sites that were awarded grants are Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, which received funds for conservation. Read more about it here.
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Sandy Jandegian sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed 1953 home in Bayside, WI named "Okaumi-Uchi" (which translates to "House of Wolves") created for original client, Adam Wolfe, is on the market for $395,000. Check out more photos and the listing here.
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The design for the new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki has been chosen, and the winners are a relatively unknown husband and wife team from France. Their winning proposal, called "Art in the City," isn't a single building, but a small group of nine buildings and a lighthouse-like tower which is located by the waterfront in Helsinki's harbor. Read more about it here and here.
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Michael B. sends word that two mid-century houses are for sale on Madison, WI's Plymouth Circle, a post-war neighborhood that includes the work of several architects of note. Among them is a 1958 house designed by William V. Kaeser and the other is a 1957 house by an unidentified architect. Follow the links to learn more.
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The Ottawa Citizen reports that National Capital Commission will restore, preserve, and open architect James Strutt's iconic Modern home in Gatineau Park as a public pavilion in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017. Read more about it here.
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The Prairie House Foundation, which oversees the stewardship of the W. T. Foreman Prairie House in Duncan, Oklahoma is looking to raise donations to help repair its basement after the recent flooding. The home, which is dated to 1917, is said to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School work, though I can't find a record of who the architect might be. Read more here and here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a Chicago Tribune article by Blair Kamin that highlights the plans under discussion by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to possibly move the Mies van der Rohe-designed Farnsworth House from its original river side location in Plano, IL to a less flood-prone site located on the 62-acre Farnsworth House property. Read more about it here.
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The new book by Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath focuses on the story of one of Wright’s most influential clients who enjoyed a relationship of over thirty years with the architect and uses a multitude of previously unpublished family images to tell the story. More after the jump...
Penny Amiet is the current owner of Bruce Goff's Freeman House in Joplin, MO. She and her husband have taken care of the home for the last eight years and have recently made the difficult decision to sell the home and pass the torch onto new stewards. I asked Penny to relate some of her experiences owning the home over the years for PrairieMod readers. More after the jump...
Here's a mystery I hope PrairieMod readers can help answer: Does anyone know who the architect was for the 1912 Wilmette Woman's Club in Wilmette, IL? The little Prairie School building (as seen in the real photo postcard at left) has long-since vanished, being consumed as part of a larger 1920s addition, but it would be nice to know who was responsible for the original.
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The 2015 Carmel Heritage Society House and Garden Tour takes place June 20, from 1-5 pm and on the tour roster is Frank Lloyd Wright's Walker House, the iconic MCM masterpiece that looks like a ship setting sail into the Pacific Ocean. Read more about the event here and find out how to get tickets here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has announced the five winners of this year's Wright Spirit Award, given out at the annual Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference held this year in Milwaukee/Racine. Read more after the jump...
PrairieMod reader, Randy H., sends word that Taschen has released a cheaper single volume redux version of their previous 3-volume monograph of Wright's complete works. Check it out here and order yours today.
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Yesterday I posted one of my "archi-graphics" as a tribute to the Wright month of June. I got some great responses, so I'll treat readers again to another: This one is a view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, WI. If you have not visited the real thing, then plan your trip this summer!
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Wright home owner, Maggie Hein, recently gave a presentation on the labor of love rehabbing The Perry House in the Ravine Bluffs community of Glencoe, IL. Read more about it here.
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An new exhibit at the Wichita Center for the Arts showcases photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House under construction, along with artifacts and other archival items. The exhibit is open from 1 to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday through July 5 at the Wichita Center for the Arts at 9112 E. Central. Follow the link and scroll down to get a little more info. Then follow the link to visit the Allen House website and see tons of photos there.
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Architectural Digest reports that the extensive and beautiful gardens at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home, Taliesin, will undergo a restoration plan to return them to their 1959 state. As stated in the article, "New orchards are being planted per Wright’s template, as are hollyhocks, a popular plant used in ’50s landscaping. The restorations apply not only to the gardens but to the agricultural grounds as well." Read and see more here.
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Monique W. contact PrairieMod to share their ongoing experience living in a Kamal Amin-designed Hara Residence (now known as "HaraNova") in Scottsdale, AZ.
It is a Usonian home that she says had fallen into disrepair over years of vacancy. They are living in the home with her family and bringing it back to life, and at the same time this house is changing their lifestyle and values in wonderful ways—the true definition of living PrairieMod.
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Mark Hertzberg shares photos from recent Frank Lloyd Wright birthday celebrations at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI and at SC Johnson in Racine, WI. Check them out at Wright in Racine.
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The Evansville Courier & Press reports that William B. Scott, Jr. of the OAD Archives will be delivering a lecture titled “William Wesley Peters: The Evansville Years,” which will focus on Peters’ years as an architect in Evansville from 1934-1936. The event takes place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7 pm in Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway University Center at the University of Evansville, IN and is free and open to the public. Follow the link for more info.
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The Daily Journal reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, IL has received a generous donation by Karin Janik to reproduce the stunning art glass ceiling lights in the home's dining room as a memorial to her late husband. The originals were sold-off some time ago and their current whereabouts are unknown. These reproductions will put things "Wright." Read more here.
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Did you miss last Sunday's tour of three Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in the metro Detroit area that was hosted by Lawrence Technological University's College of Architecture and Design? Then follow the link to see some photos and a video of what you missed. If you're lucky, LTU will host another event like this one in the future.
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Eileen Campbell sends word that the Keck + Keck-designed Hirsch House (1961) in Highland Park, IL is on the market for $4.499 million. The house is built on a dramatic wooded bluff that drops to Lake Michigan, and features a curving plan, based on a segment of a circle. Check out the listing and more photos here.
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If you spend any time around Madison, WI like I did this weekend, you'll notice a lot of very cool MCM work built by Marshall Erdman. Touring the van Tamelen house (and driving by the nearby Rudin House, pictured at top left and also designed by Wright/built by Erdman) really underscored how cool these prefab designs are.
Now, I need your help. I'm looking for materials, period photos, papers, brochures, etc. associated with these Wright-designed/Marshall Erdman-built prefabs.
I'd like to add examples to the OAD Archives for future study and appreciation. If you have any original materials like this, please contact me at email@example.com.
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While touring the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Eugene and Mary van Tamelen House, built by Marshall Erdman in 1956, I learned that this beautiful and rare example of a Wright-designed prefab architecture is for sale. Visit the home's website here and if you are prepared to be the next steward of this stunner, then contact the owners to learn more.
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The Wright in Wisconsin website and an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the news that an unassuming bungalow in Shorewood, WI, was identified by Mike Lilek as a previously unidentified Frank Lloyd Wright American System-Built Homes design from 1917.
As stated on the WiW website: "The Shorewood house is a “Model A203” with two bedrooms. An open porch at the rear of the house was enclosed for added living space at an unknown date, though the original art glass windows are still in place. A basement-level garage was added in 1976."
What's refreshing is that this discovery has a link to Mike's research available for all to review—lending facts to back up the claim.
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The USA Today recently asked author Tom Heinz his picks for the 10 best Frank Lloyd Wright homes open to public tours. See the list here and see if you agree--if not, what Wright houses should have made the list?
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Registration is now open for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Conference, titled Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laboratory, which takes place September 30 - October 4 in Milwaukee & Racine, WI. In addition to a slate of engaging lectures and expert panels discussing a range of Wright-related topics, The 26th annual conference, will host people from around the world to tour 15 buildings designed and built by Wright at various stages of his career, plus houses by Taliesin apprentices and contemporaries such as John Howe, Russell Barr Williams, and John Randal McDonald. Get all the details here by downloading a preview brochure and be sure to register early so you don't miss this exciting event!
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Chuck Lohre sends a link to an article from the Cincinnati Enquirer that discusses how he and his wife, Janet, came to own the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Boulter House and their efforts to make the Usonian home more energy efficient. Read more here.
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If you have not already gotten your tickets for this weekend's "Wright & Like" architectural tour in Madison, WI, then what are you waiting for? It's your chance to see a gaggle of fantastic Frank Lloyd Wright houses, as well as homes by a few Taliesin apprentices. Get details and your tickets here.
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Seattle area architecture enthusiasts will be interested in a lecture at the Frye Museum on Thursday June 4, 2015. The lecture by Sidney K. Robinson will consider Bruce Goff as an artist whose architecture, music, and paintings serve as stimulants to further creative work by those who engage his example. As a resident of the Ford house for nearly 30 years, Sidney K. Robinson is still learning to live a creative life as he daily enjoys the privilege of taking care of a major American architectural achievement, Bruce Goff's Ford house. More info here.
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The Elmhurst Patch reports that the Elmhurst Historic Preservation Commission will conduct two tours of private residences and commercial buildings of architectural and historical significance on July 18, 2015. According to this article, the tour will be making stops at buildings designed by world-famous architects Walter Burley Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van de Rohe as well as local notables E. E. Roberts, Berkeley Brandt, H. G. Fiddelke, Harold Zook, and E. Norman Bridges. Read more details on how to sign-up for the tour here.
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Come to Richland Center, Wisconsin on Saturday June, 6, 2015 to experience Ocoochapalooza, the downtown music festival. The A.D. German Warehouse will be open that day from 10 am to 4 pm celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright's 148th birthday with cake and refreshments. There will be live music, carriage rides, and more. For details, follow the link.
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The Aspen Times reports that developers are moving to demolish the 1956 Boomerang Lodge, designed by Taliesin apprentice Charles Paterson, and replacing it with a condominium hotel. Seems a waste to lose this unique and historic MCM work in the name of "progress." Read more about this development plan here.
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CBS Sunday Morning recently based their entire show at Frank Lloyd Wright's Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, SC. Host Charles Osgood discussed the estate's extensive restoration, undertaken by Hollywood producer, Joel Silver. Silver's dedication to getting Auldbrass (W)right can be seen in the breathtaking images in the show. If you missed it, watch it here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has begun phased conservation of the Japanese screens and Chinese panels at Taliesin, the National Historic Landmark that was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring Green, Wisconsin, home and architectural studio. A total of eight multi-panel screens and panels will be conserved, room-by-room. More after the jump...