There's likely going to be a lot of buzz on the news wires in the next couple of days about Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop. This MCM remodeled space by Wright is not only Gwyneth Paltrow's newest Goop pop-up store, but the building's interior of the only is on its way to achieving landmark status, thanks to a unanimous recent vote by the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. Read more here.
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The Guardian's story of Cities series recently featured Arcosanti, Paulo Soleri's unfinished vision for sustainable city living. The decades-old assemblage of 1970s era structures out in the Arizona desert is an experiment still in the making and one that may hold ideas for how cities of the future can survive the increasing pressures of a changing climate. Read more here.
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The website, Quartz, reports on the protest by activists who project shame statements onto the facade of Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York. the light show was done to bring awareness to the Guggenheim’s board of trustee’s recent decision to end talks with Gulf Labor Coalition, an organization campaigning for migrant workers’ rights in Abu Dhabi. Read more about it here.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand, Goop, will be taking over Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop as a pop-up store. Read more about it here. If any PrairieMod readers are in the area, stop by and send some pics for the rest of us.
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The Norman Transcript features an article on the confirmed total loss of Bruce Goff's Bavinger House. Even though the iconic work of Organic Architecture had been severely damaged, hope had remained that someday it could be restored. Now, with the site bulldozed, that hope is gone. Read more about this terrible loss here.
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Crain's reports that Louis Sullivan's iconic Carson Pirie Scott & Co. store (now called Sullivan Center with a Target store embedded in it) at 1 S. State Street in the Loop has found a buyer in New York-based Madison Capital, which confirmed that it will buy the 946,000-square-foot office and retail building in a deal that is said to total $267 million. Read more about it here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on 80-year-old Patricia Harris's recent visit to her grandparent's home, which happens to be the Frank J. Baker House (1909) in Wilmette, IL. Harris was able to finally visit her family's home thanks to Wish of a Lifetime, a charity that grants wishes to seniors. Read more about it here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design is now available to order!
Volume 4 : Number 1 focuses on the story of the little known but visionary Call Building project, the history of the iconic architectural model, and the grass roots-funded effort to return a faithful replica back to Taliesin.
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According to a recent Curbed article, the reports of MoMA's closing of its architecture and design galleries was misconstrued and overblown. As stated in the Curbed article: Martino Stierli, the museum’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design says that assertion is "absolutely not true." Stierli says that the museum is pursuing a "both/and" strategy for the redesign, which will include both medium-dedicated galleries and comprehensive, multi-disciplinary spaces. The final design, which is still years away, is still being planned, and "the abolishing of architecture and design-designated galleries is not and has never been an issue under consideration." Read more about it here.
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Zachary M. posts info and a photo confirming that the remnants of Bruce Goff's Organic masterpiece, the Nancy and Eugene Bavinger House (built originally in 1950 in Norman, OK), have been cleared from the lot and trucked to a landfill. The total loss of this important work of American Architecture is a terrible blow. Shame on those who let it happen. Read more here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Bruce Goff's remodel of the 1948 Myron Bachman House in Chicago, which listed in August 2014 for $599,000, has finally sold on April 8, 2016 for $408,000. Hopefully the new owner brings this unique work of MCM architecture back to its full glory. Read more here.
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Speaking of the Winslow House, Pamela Tilton of Sotheby's International Realty informs us that the house has just had its asking price adjusted to $1,375,000. Hopefully this will help a steward come forward to purchase and take care of one of America's most important architectural works. Check out the photos and the listing information here.
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Now in the Features section: A special lead-up to its return to the Wright Plus Housewalk after almost four decades, a look at an exciting restoration project at Frank Lloyd Wright's first independent commission, the William H. Winslow House. Read it here.
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If you'd like to see Frank Lloyd Wright's lovingly restored Muirhead Farmhouse (1951) in Hampshire, IL, then you're in luck! A tour will be taking place from 1-5 pm May 1, 2016. The tour will be hosted by the Central Community School District 301’s Middle School and High School’s Music and Performing Arts program. Entertainment and music will be performed by the Central Middle School and High School Jazz Bands. Others will be selling baked goods. All proceeds will support Central Community School District’s Performing Arts Program. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
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Tickets are now on sale for Wright in Wisconsin's 2016 Wright & Like tour, which celebrates 60 years of Organic Architecture in Racine, Wisconsin. The tour line-up is a stellar one, with lots of Usonian houses and works by Wright to make MCM lovers drool. Check out the list of buildings and get your tickets here.
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Landmarks Illinois released its list of "Most Endangered Historic Places" for 2016 and as usual there are some sites that PrairieMod readers should be particularly interested in saving. The Citizens Saving and Loan Association Building is a unique drum-shaped MCM building by architect Alvin K. Stolze in East Alton, IL that is in imminent danger of being demolished. Walter Burley Griffin's Cornell Store and Flats from 1908 is a rare commercial example of Prairie School architecture and has a questionable future (which may also include demolition). See the entire list here and if you have any ideas or know how to save these endangered buildings, please contact Landmarks Illinois here.
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Phil Bernstein writes a touching editorial for The Charlotte Observer in which he reflects on losing his parents and his childhood home, The Mark and Louis Bernstein House, designed in 1970 by his Taliesin-trained uncle, Lawrence Allen Bernstein. The house was torn down this month after attempts to sell it failed. Read Phil's tribute here; scroll a little more than halfway down to see photos of the home (and the aftermath) here; and learn more about the architect here.
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Curbed shines a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's 1957 unbuilt (but very futuristic) design that was proposed for the Arizona state capitol. Read more about it here.
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Wallpaper.com spotlights the news that the R.M. Schindler-designed Van Dekker House (1939) in Los Angeles, which has been restored to its original glory by its current owner, Frank Gamwell, CEO of PCM, has received the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2016 Preservation Award. Read and see more here.
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John O. sends a link to an article on CNN.com that explores 12 architectural flights of fancy that never made it off the drawing boards. One of those designs: Frank Lloyd Wright's Mile High "The Illinois" skyscraper (although its design DNA can be found in other stratosphere scraping buildings). Read and see the list here.
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Hyperallergic.com reports that the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be closing and reconfigure its third floor as part of its ongoing plans to renovate and expand its building. Unfortunately, that means eliminating the galleries containing Architecture and Design, Photography, and Drawings. It makes one wonder why the museum of architect Philip Johnson (and the repository of significant Frank Lloyd Wright materials) would decide to remove this type of media from public view. Read more about it here.
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The drama-infused effort to historically "de-list" the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN has come to a happy conclusion for preservationists. In a 6-3 vote yesterday, the Fort Wayne City Council voted to keep the historic designation for a home. Read more about it here and here.
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Wisconsin's Driftless Region has become a mecca for foodies, architecture buffs, and cyclists craving a challenge and a hearty dose of scenic beauty. Taliesin Preservation unveils a new ride called Tour du Taliesin inviting cyclists to explore a broad swath of Frank Lloyd Wright territory, starting and ending at his 800-acre Wisconsin River estate, that will offer a challenging ride as well as a memorable gourmet experience. Learn more after the jump...
The Wichita Eagle reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Allen House, which has previously only been open for tours by appointment, will begin the process of expanding their tour accessibility, with the goal of being open for tours every day. Read more and watch a video here.
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Several readers sent a link to an article from The Guardian about the senseless destruction of important works of architecture or cultural significance because of greed, changing tastes, or poor planning. One of the buildings mention in the article is Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Larkin Administration Building, formally of Buffalo, NY. Bufallo has come to their senses and started to save their buildings. Will the rest of the world learn too? Read more here.
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The Courier-Journal reports that architectural historian (and OAD Archives co-founder) William Blair Scott, Jr. will be giving a talk about Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on Kentucky during a presentation titled "Frank Lloyd Wright in Kentucky" at 6 p.m. April 19, 2016 at the Taliesin Associated Architects-designed Kaden Tower, formerly known as the Lincoln Income Life Insurance Building, 6100 Dutchmans Lane. The lecture is presented by the Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Read the article here and get your tickets here.
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