The day after Thanksgiving means a tidal wave of consumerism as people load-up for gift giving season. Avoid the "door busters" and cruise over to Curbed Chicago, which offers some ideas for anyone on your list who is a Chicago architecture aficionado. Check out the list here.
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Just in time for the holiday, Curbed National provides a link list to all of their architectural "longreads" to help you pass the time waiting for the turkey to finish cooking. Pass the time here and Happy Thanksgiving!
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After being closed to the public for some time, The Chicago Tribune reports that the $34 million dollar re-imagining of the Milwaukee Art Museum's gallery spaces (stated to be one of the most ambitious in decades for an American museum) is almost completed. Along with enjoying the Calatrava-designed pavilion, there are now more than 1,000 more artworks on display than before, thanks to the remodel of the galleries. Read more here.
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Riverview Historic District in Kankakee will hold its 28th annual Holiday Housewalk on Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places, Riverview sits on the banks of the Kankakee River and boasts a rich architectural heritage of houses dating from 1880 to the present. More after the jump...
The Herald-Whig reports that two homes designed by Quincy, IL architect Ernest M. Wood have been recommended for landmark status. The homes are the Anna Bader Kespohl House at 1632 York and the J. Russell Williams House at 2003 Jersey, both in Quincy, IL. Wood's office and studio in Quincy is an example of how the contemporary Prairie style influenced his work. Read more here.
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The effort to raise the remaining funds necessary to allow the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture to continue to operate as an independent entity before the end of the year is in full swing. The latest facet in the drive is a new Kickstarter campaign launched by the students to raise $100k for the survival of the School (by way of supporting the shelter program). Contributions are urgently needed, are tax deductible, and the best part is you can actively help to preserve one of the most unique architecture schools on the planet. Plus there are some really cool premiums for donating! Help save the School by following the link and donate today!
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ArchDaily posts two videos produced by Dutch journalist Peter Veenendaal that document several of the best projects by influential Dutch Modern architect, Willem Dudok (who was influenced by Wright's Prairie designs in his own work). Read, see, and watch more here.
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John L. Dorman of the New York Times takes an architectural pilgrimage through Oak Park, IL to see the remarkable collection of Wright buildings that grace the leafy village west of Chicago. Read more about it here.
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Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa Historical Society will launch a new iPad app that explores the city’s iconic Art Deco architecture and extensive collection of public art. The new app coincides with the Tulsa Historical Society’s newest exhibit, “Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects.” Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article by Blair Kamin in the Chicago Tribune about the Chicago Plan Commission's recent approval of the proposed Wanda Vista Tower designed by Jeanne Gang for the Lakeshore East area in downtown Chicago. At 1,186 feet, the skyscraper would be the city's 3rd tallest building, if constructed. Read more here.
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Paul R. sends word and a link that the George Millard House in Highland Park, IL (which has languished on the market, endured numerous price cuts, and recently had its owners apply for a demolition permit) is under contract and will hopefully avoid any more drama. I have yet to hear, though, if the demolition permit request has been rescinded. Read more here.
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Paul U. sends links to two exhibits at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum that are of interest to PrairieMod readers: Oklahoma Earth: A History of Frankoma Pottery (through July 2016) charts the history of the storied pottery company in Sapulpa, OK with a connection to Bruce Goff's architecture. Designing Tulsa: Oil Capital Architects (through August 2016) features a series of artifacts from select local architects that tell the story of Tulsa’s past through the walls and decoration that adorn the city. A number of architects will be featured including: Arthur Atkinson, Robert Buchner, John Duncan Forsyth, Bruce Goff, Donald Honn, Blaine Imel, Joseph Koberling, Donald McCormick, Murray Jones Murray (Lee Murray, Robert L. Jones, David Murray), and Leon Senter. Follow the links above to get more info.
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Blair Kamin and Robert Channick at the Chicago Tribune report on the newly-released concept for the rebooted Apple store near the river and at the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Possibly inspired by local architectural heritage, the store design has been rethought less of a glass cube and more sleek Prairie School instead. Read and see more here.
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DavidC posts a link on Wright Chat to the Lawrence Modern website and an article (with images) of a sweet 1951 Usonian house, designed by The University of Kansas architecture department chair and former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, George M. Beal. Read and see more here.
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James S. reminds us that yesterday was one of the critical votes for landmark designation and public access for the David and Gladys Wright House in Arcadia, AZ. Luckily, The Arizona Republic reports that after hours of local supporters voicing support, the Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission voted to recommend the David Wright House be listed as a historic landmark. The commission voted 7-2 to designate 6 acres surrounding the home as significant, more than what the city's historic preservation staff recommended for the land. This is only the first hurdle in the process, with the the City Council has the final say on both requests. Read more about it here. In the meantime, disgruntled neighbors are fighting to undermine the recent parking deal struck between the home's owner and nearby Great Hearts Veritas School. Read more about it here.
Photo credit: Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic
Liz Chilsen provides her insights at ChicagoNow.com after attending the lecture, Reading Mile High: Frank Lloyd Wright Takes on Chicago, given by Curator Barry Bergdoll at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Read it here.
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Here's a link to an article in the Star Tribune that discusses Architectural historian Larry Millett's latest book, Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury, and sheds some light on MC Modernism in the state and how it shaped the Twin Cities we know today. More here.
Photo: Wright's Elam House/Denes Saari And Maria Forrai Saari
The Arizona Daily Star reports on the newly released Taliesin West Restoration Master Plan and the challenges faced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to raise the millions needed to restore and maintain Wright's desert camp home and studio. In fact, they are still trying to raise $300,000 to meet this year's $2.5 million restoration budget. More here.
Similarly, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture is fighting for its life and needs to raise approximately $700,000 before the end of the year to meet the demands of its independence mandate. Follow the links to help either or both fundraising goals.
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Yesterday we reported on the official opening of the Bachman-Wilson House at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AK. If you're interested in seeing the house as well as several other amazing works of the area's architecture, then save the date for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's upcoming "Out and About Wright" event on April 15-17, 2016. More after the jump...
Architect Paul Harding posts the news to Wright Chat that the iconic elm tree that Frank Lloyd Wright incorporated in his Isabel Roberts House in River Forest, IL was removed and is no longer sprouting from the home. Not sure if the owners will plant a new one or patch the hole in the roof and relegate the "tree/house" idea to history. All things pass!
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Urban Remains posts news of a unique new 3D-printed publication by Chicago professor and artist Tom Burtonwood titled Twenty Something Sullivan, which features scans of Sullivan ornament from his early career. Burtonwood collaborated with City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson on this project and utilized original fragments to recreate lost works. The block-like relief pages provide a 3D way to experience Sullivan's designs and a new model for preservation/education. The best part? You can download the files to make your own book free! The entire project is available here. Follow the link to watch a video presenting this unique publication here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson house officially opened yesterday at its new home in Bentonville, Arkansas at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. PrairieMod pal, Paul Ringstrom was there last week and sends some photos of the home's exterior and the surrounding landscape to give a sense of the topography around the house. See them all after the jump...
Crain's Chicago Business reports that The National Trust for Historic Preservation has endorsed a proposal to protect Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House from future flooding by raising the 275-ton building on a hydraulic lift. However, the idea has a high price tag and raises objections from certain architects and preservationists. Read more about it here.
Photo credit: The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Wausau Daily Herald reports that residents of the town over 150 miles away from Spring Green, WI will be able to virtually experience Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin via virtual reality. From 4 pm to 4:20 pm Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Marathon County Public Library (300 First St., Wausau, WI) the Living Environments Lab will give a short presentation about the overview of 3D virtual reality and the Living Environments Laboratory's research and partnership with the Taliesin. From 4:30 pm to 6 pm, attendees will be able to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the Virtual Taliesin: Intro to 3D Technologies Oculus Rift and participate in a question-and-answer session with the research staff. More info here.
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DNAinfo.com reports that George W. Maher's Colvin House (1909) on Sheridan Road in Chicago is being considered for restoration and transformation into a co-working and office space...if Chicago clears the landmarked building for re-zoning first. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy raises concern for the R.W. Lindholm House, aka "Mäntylä" (1952) in Cloquet, Minnesota,which is endangered by potential new retail development encroaching upon its large 15.5 acre wooded site. The current owners of the house and property are the original family that commissioned the Wright-designed house and wish to see the home preserved. More after the jump...
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has shared more background information on their involvement in the multi-year search to find new preservation-minded buyers for the George Millard House in Highland Park, IL. But with the recent sale, their work is not done yet. They will continue their vigilance in making sure that the new owners take the steps to withdraw the demolition permit process that had been initiated by the former owners. Read more about the FLWBC's tireless efforts to save the Millard House here.
If you want to help the effort, make sure to become a member of the FLWBC to support preservation initiatives like this. Join here.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. has announced a $50-$80 million upgrade to its corporate office in Racine, WI and the relocation of 175 sales and marketing jobs to Chicago. The 2-year renovation project will start in the spring and will update select buildings on campus. It should be underscored that the renovations will not impact the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings on campus. Read and see more here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the New York Times that spotlights architect Jeanne Gang's new design for New York's American Museum of Natural History $325 million addition. As stated in the article, Ms. Gang says the building's organically-modern look was inspired by geological canyons and glacial forms. Read and see more here.
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David J. sends a link to a story in Crain's Chicago Business on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George Millard House in Highland Park, IL finding a buyer 10 days after current owners received conditional approval to demolish it. Hopefully the new owners will put the necessary protections in place so that this demolition brinkmanship won't occur in the future. Read more here.
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David C. posts a link to a YouTube video and the listing website for Lloyd Wright's impressive and expansive "Bird's Song" estate in Minnetonka, MN. The property will hit the market in Summer 2016 and will certainly have as impressive an asking price. Check out the video here and explore the home's website here.
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Chicagonow.com reports that H.H. Richardson's Gilded Age Chicago masterpiece, the Glessner House, recently received the 2015 President’s Award for Stewardship from Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards. Read more about it here and plan your visit to the house museum here.
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The Midland Daily News recently highlighted one of Alden B. Dow's earliest Midland, MI houses, the 1935 Howard Ball residence. If you've not been to Midland, MI to see the Dow Home & Studio and check out the other architectural gems in the area, then follow the link to plan your trip.
Image credit: Erin Kirkland/Midland Daily News
Just in time for Halloween, LAist.com recently featured the "9 Creepiest Places in Los Angeles." Topping the list is Lloyd Wright's John Sowden House (1926), where later owner Dr. George Hodel is suspected of possibly killing Elizabeth Short, aka "the Black Dahlia." Follow the link and read all of the creepy LA haunts here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has just sent out their call for presentation papers and panel participants for the 2016 annual conference, November 2-6, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District in San Francisco, California. The theme is "Wright’s Late Years, 1946-59." Find out more information and how to submit here.
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The Contra Costa Times reports that at a recent Newark, CA City Council study session, several concerned community residents voiced their support of saving, renovating, and expanding the Aaron Green-designed library versus tearing it down for a new civic center. Read more here.
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Paul U. sends a link to an event in Miami, FL where Kenneth Treister, architect and author of The Fusion of Art & Architecture: The Judaic Work of Kenneth Treister, will discuss the importance of uniting architecture and art to create sacred spaces. The event takes place 7pm on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Temple Israel located 137 NE 19th St, Miami, FL 33132. More details here.
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The Arizona Republic features an article detailing aspects of the newly released Taliesin West Preservation Master Plan by Chicago-based Harboe Architects and commissioned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. There's also a video accompanying the article in which Margo Stipe discusses some of the art and antiquities that are found at Taliesin West. Read and watch more here.
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MLive.com recently featured a stunning Usonian house in Sparta, MI designed by the late architect Mitch Witkowski in 1982. Read more about the home and its architect here and since the home is up for sale for $300,000, you can see tons more photos and the listing info here.
Image credit: Neil Blake/MLive.com