Newsreview.com reports that there is more than one way to destroy a Richard Neutra building. You can outright demolish it or you can completely smother it through terrible additions and bastardizing changes. The city of Reno has apparently done this to two of their Neutra buildings: The Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Centennial Coliseum (now known as the Reno Sparks Convention Center). Read more about it here.
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The Organic Architectural and Design Archives (for which you PrairieMod editor is a part of and contributes design on the Journal) has officially received non-profit 501(c)(3) status from the federal government! This is a big step in our efforts to save archival materials associated with organic architects and designers and to open-up access to them for study and appreciation. To learn more about OAD Archives, its mission, and about the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design that we publish, follow the link.
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Taliesin West has announced its Spring 2015 lecture series entitled "Free and Open to the Public" will explore open-source, pro bono, and public space design by some of the world's leading architects and designers. Follow the link to get more info.
Poster by Garth Lindquist & Michael DesBarres. Image via Taliesin West Lecture Series Facebook page.
Mark H. sends a link to a New York Times article about the danger facing the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, NY. While the Brutalist building is hard for many to embrace (including, apparently Orange County government members plotting its demise) it's an important example of MCM architecture that even the World Monuments Fund included on its global watch list alongside landmarks like Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China. Read more about it here.
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When the the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in LA reopens next month after a long restoration period, architecture lovers will be able to see it over a 24-hour period from Feb. 13-14. The city council is going one step further in and having admission be free during that open house. Read more here and plan your visit here.
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The Chicago Tribune reports that historic preservation officials in Lake Bluff, IL will apply for landmark status for the Keck & Keck-designed Blair House (1955), although everyone pretty much acknowledges that it may be an act that only stalls the bulldozer. The house has languished on the market for four years without a buyer and the 27 acres of land are far more valuable than the Modern house that sits on it. You can figure out the rest. Read more here.
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Archpaper.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has chosen former Cincinnati Art Museum director, Aaron Betsky, as the new dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He comes with a long list of accolades and replaces outgoing dean Victor Sidy, who returns to private practice. The school is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to decide its accreditation fate, but the article states that the naming of a new dean signals that the FLWF "will continue to award degrees at their Taliesin East and Taliesin West campuses either way, perhaps in partnership with accredited institutions." Read more here.
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RAGO auction house has a gaggle of Frank Lloyd Wright-related materials on the block in their upcoming February 2015 auctions. There are several lots of prints related to projects for Huntington Hartford, ca. 1948 and some reproduction furniture—but the standout item is an original 1905 bronze sconce from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. We'll see if a collector snaps this piece up or if it will make its way back to the house it was intended for. Check out all of the items here.
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Curbed LA reports that after six long years of extensive restoration work, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Barnsdall Residence (aka "Hollyhock House") in Los Angeles, CA will be open again to the public starting February 13, 2015. Can't wait to go and see it again! Read more about it here.
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Author and historian, William Allin Storrer, sends word that a new, single-volume version of Frank Lloyd Wright: Designing Democratic America should be published next week and will shortly thereafter appear on Amazon.com. It contains everything seen in the previous two-part set with the exception of the reduced plans appendices (he hopes to redo that section with better resolution and complete with the houses that will be in the prequel; Frank Lloyd Wright, Creating American Architecture, which is close to completion).
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Curbed Chicago reports that Frank Lloyd Wright's Isidore Heller House (1897) will be having an open house to try and locate a buyer for the Hyde Park beauty. Come see this early Wright masterpiece at the open house this Sunday January 25, 2015 from 12-2pm. More photos and info here.
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The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art will host an exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright's Christian House (aka "Samara") from February 9 — April 21, 2015. Titled "Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home" it will explores the relationship between an architect and his clients, Dr. John and Kay Christian, as they worked together to create a Usonian dream home. More details here.
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Chuck and Nancy Sweetman will explore Frank Lloyd Wright's career in a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center. The presentation will follow Wright’s career chronologically and will include photos of works from across the country. More info here.
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Curbed.com spotlights what is being called the first new Joseph Eichler-designed house built since 1974 that will soon be finished in Palm Springs, California (where no Eichler has existed before). As stated on Curbed: "This first 'Desert Eichler,' a variation adapted from one of Eichler's original blueprints, is being built by Troy Kudlac, a Palm Springs broker and developer who buys, remodels, and resells midcentury homes." Read more about it here and see the house's Zillow page here.
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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Picturing Wright, the once hard-to-find book of photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero that first was published in 1994 has been republished by Monacelli Press with a foreword by Martin Filler, architecture critic for the New York Review of Books. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hammonds has been undertaking an amazing amount of work to implement the on-line vision of Taliesin apprentice John Geiger in order to inform and engender appreciation for Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. Recently, Mark reports that John Geiger's web site has been updated with all of his remaining writings; the inventory of his archives is largely up on the web site; and John's database has been completely recovered from the obsolete formats in which it was contained. You can read more detail about the ongoing effort here and then spend time exploring this invaluable resource here.
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Fast Co. Design features the "Who Built That?" children books, written and illustrated by Didier Cornille, professor of design and history at Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Mans in France. The whimsical books are intended to be an accessible and fun way to stimulate a love of architecture in little ones. Read more here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to a story in the New York Times about the efforts to restore the region's wondrous Jazz Age movie palaces. Read more here.
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Great Falls Tribune spotlights Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy in Montana and the three buildings that the architect left as his mark on the state. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has put out the call for papers/panel participants and provided a link to the nomination form for the 2015 Wright Spirit Awards for the 2015 FLWBC Annual Conference that will be held in Milwaukee, WI from September 30-October 4, 2015. The theme of this year's conference is "Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Laboratory." Get more details here.
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Sidney Robinson sends a link to a YouTube video of the unique music and architecture event that was held at Bruce Goff’s historic Ford House in Aurora, IL on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Third Coast Percussion performed their own musical arrangements of architect Bruce Goff’s player piano compositions while Luftwerk created a dynamic lighting installation responding to the house and the music. The video doesn't quite substitute for experiencing the event firsthand, but it gives everyone an idea of what an amazing performance it was. Watch it here.
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ArchDaily.com reports on the launch of the new Chicago Architecture Data website, which includes over 10,000 entries, and can be searched based on neighborhood, style, or keyword. Read the article here and then prepare to lose hours today looking through it here.
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The State Journal-Register reports that newly inaugurated Illinois State Governor, Bruce Rauner, used a Bible that had once belonged to Springfield, IL heiress and important Frank Lloyd Wright client, Susan Lawrence Dana, in his swearing in. Read more about it here.
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Now here's a story you don't come across everyday: MLive.com reports that the city of Muskegon, MI purchased an architecturally significant International Style home from foreclosure for $10,000 and then poured $220,000 to stabilize and renovate it (even though many said it should be demolished). Then, instead of selling it to wealthy lawyers or doctors, the city waited until a family of modest means wanted it and sold it to them for $70,000. The new family had trouble securing a loan due to the uniqueness of the property, but they finally found a sympathetic lender and now have their wonderful Mod home. Miracles do happen! Read more here.
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The News Courier reports that visitors in the first quarter of the fiscal year to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rosenbaum House in Florence, Alabama are up 57 percent. Combine this with total revenue up to 93 percent (thanks in part to opening a gift shop and accepting credit cards) and the Rosenbaum House is off to a good start in 2015. Read more here.
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Michael B. sends a link from the Wisconsin State Journal on the news that the developer trying to build a hotel in Madison, WI near the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Lamp House has revived and dramatically changed their proposal for a 10-story, 164-room hotel. It remains to be seen if the proposal meets the guidelines established in the special project report for the Lamp House. Read more here.
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Join the Darwin Martin House on June 6-7, 2015 for an unforgettable travel excursion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. Package includes one night’s accommodations at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh, exclusive guided visits to private homes designed by Wright apprentices Cornelia Brierly and Peter Berndtson, a reception with Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation, all tours and gratuities, and transportation via motor coach. This extraordinary architectural experience in the city of Pittsburgh and the nearby Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands is not to be missed. For more information, follow the link or call 716-856-3858 or email email@example.com.
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Dwell magazine recently feautred Madison, Wisconsin and its connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, Marshall Erdman, and their early MCM prefab work. Mentioned in the article as one of these examples is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rudin residence, based on prefabricated Plan #2 for Marshall Erdman's company. It is one of two homes built as a large, flat-roofed square with a double-height living room accented with a wall of windows. Read more here.
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Here's a link to an article on azcentral.com that provides a closer look at the gigantic LEGO Taliesin West model currently on display at the actual Taliesin West. One look at how excited the children are by anything architecturally-related (as well as how much media attention Taliesin West in any form is going to get) should explain why this plastic brick exercise was worth the effort. Read and see more here.
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Nelson B. sends a link to a piece on Curbed Chicago that showcases a stunning Winnetka, IL home designed and built in 1957 by architect William Ferguson Deknatel. According to Curbed, it's the perfect marriage of Prairie and Modern or "PrairieMod" (with a tip of the hat in the article to us). Read and see more here.
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Curbed LA features the Lloyd Wright-designed De Jonghe residence (1959), which emerges dramatically from its site in the Hollywood Hills. If you have $8,750 a month to spare, you can rent this beauty. More here.
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Former Taliesin Apprentice, John Walter Glass passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at his home in McQueeney, TX at the age of 98. Read more on his life and work here.
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The dailytelegraph.com briefly reports that officials have extended a 12 month heritage order to review the historic significance of the 1962 Peter Muller-designed Hamilton House at 3 Pindari Place in Pittwater Australia. The residence exhibits a strong Prairie School influence and is reported to remain faithful to the original design. Read more here and see more of Muller's work here.
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Sports Car Illustrated reports that the second-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance takes place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ. As stated in the article, the event will feature 90 cars including "the Pierce-Arrow luxury brand, the 100th anniversary of the Italian design firm Ghia, Ferrari race cars through 1965, and cars once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright". Read more here.
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Herald-Review.com reports that the Marion Mahony-designed Adolph Mueller reisdence (part of Millikin Place in Decatur, IL) has been purchased back by Millikin University for $449,000 and will once again serve as the University president's home. It had been donated to the University in 1993 and served as the president's home for several years, but financial hardships forced the sale of the home in 2003. Hopefully the University can maintain and hold onto the home in perpetuity this time. Read more here.
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Spike TV's new furniture design reality show "Framework" debuts tonight, January 6, 2015, on the cable channel and it sports some interesting Organic architectural connections. One of the contestants, Jory Brigham's great-grandfather was John S. Van Bergen, and one of the judges, Brandon Gore, recently cited being inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones in his furniture work. Read more here and here.
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John E. finds a link to a John Randal McDonald-designed home in Racine, WI that needs a little TLC, but for $55,000 it's an opportunity to live "PrairieMod" in what would turn out to be an absolute gem...just needs some time, money, and elbow grease. See the listing here.
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Eric S. looks to Scandinavia to find some really interesting architectural work by a Norwegian architect named Helge Hjertholm (some of whose work has intersting Usonian overtones). Check out his website with a bunch of stuff to look at here.
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Chicago-based architecture writer and critic, Lee Bey, to some time recently on WBEZ's
Afternoon Shift" radio program to reflect back on 2014's top architecture stories including the Lucas Museum unveiling (and inevitable fight) and the Trump Tower Signage kerfuffle. Read and hear more here.
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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Stockman House's move from its original location at 311 First St. S.E. to its current location at 530 First St. N.E., a special DVD has been created that documents the event. The DVD is available for purchase at the gift shop in the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Center, located next to the Stockman House. Plan a visit to Mason City, IA to see the home and purchase the DVD, or contact the the Architectural Center here for more details.
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