Thanks to all of the generous donations, the fundraising goal amount has been achieved! That means the replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model will be built and restored back at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI!
Still want to help? Every dollar raised will help cover costs and additional expenses associated with the project. There are still a few days left on the campaign, so if you want to be a part of this historic effort, get your name on the adjacent plaque as one of the contributors to the cause, and collect some of the exclusive thank you gifts — then donate at least $50 before time runs out.
Follow the link and thanks!
Illustration credit: Eric M. O'Malley
The effort to raise the funds needed to rebuild Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building model and restore it back to Taliesin in Spring Green, WI has only 4 days left and we only need $424 to successfully hit the goal!
You can help meet this goal and be a part of a project that makes a difference in putting back a vital part of Frank Lloyd Wright's design legacy at Taliesin.
Follow the link and donate what you can to make this historic project a reality.
Illustration credit: Eric M. O'Malley
The Kansas City Star recently featured an article on the Bruce Goff-designed Nicol House (1964) and the work undertaken by current owner Rod Parks to preserve the integrity of his home's original design. Read it and watch a video here.
Photo credit: Roy Inman
Paul U. sends a link to an article in the Tulsa World that highlights the news that the organization responsible for the Spotlight Theater (formally known as Bruce Goff's Riverside Studio) has received the Oklahoma 2015 Governor’s Arts Award for their decades of effort in the arts. Read more here.
Image via spotlighttheatre.org
The New York Times reports that a plan for the future conservation and restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West has been put together by Harboe Architects and approved by the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. As stated in the article by FLWF CEO Sean Malone: “For the first time ever, the foundation has completed something that talks about what needs to be restored or preserved at Taliesin West, to what level — what period of significance — and why.” Read more here.
Image credit: Andrew Pielage, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Mark H. sends a link to a story in the Chicago Tribune about the effort to make Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City an official Chicago landmark. The iconic river front "corncobs" is expected to move another step closer today toward permanent protected status. Read more here.
Photo credit: Chicago History Museum, Hedrich Blessing Archive
The effort to raise the funds needed to rebuild Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building model and restore it back to Taliesin in Spring Green, WI is nearing the finish line.
As of this post and thanks to all of the generous people who have donated so far, there is only $774 needed to successfully achieve the goal. But time is running out on the campaign!
PrairieMod readers: This is your chance to be apart of a meaningful contribution to put back something Wright that has been removed from Taliesin. Don't miss the opportunity to make a difference!
Follow the link and donate what you can to make this project a reality.
Illustration credit: Eric M. O'Malley
PrairieMod pal and Designguys principal, Steve Sikora, happened to be in the Racine, WI area this past weekend and took some photos of the James Dresser-designed Village of North Bay Village Hall that we posted about last Friday. The photos reveal how spectacular and unusual the brickwork is on this building. See all of the photos after the jump...
The Oregonian recently featured Frank Lloyd Wright's Gordon House in Silverton, OR and the importance of maintaining the landscape around the home. You can learn more about the effort by attending the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs' annual free event at the Gordon House on Monday, October 19, 2015. Read more here.
Photo by Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian
Mark Hertzberg recently photo-documented the construction of a LEGO version of Frank Lloyd Wright's Wingspread by Jameson Gagnepain. The impressive model will be displayed on the second floor of the real Wingspread probably into December. Read and see more at the Wright in Racine blog.
Photo © 2015 Mark Hertzberg
The effort to raise funds for building a replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Call Building Model to put back at Taliesin in Spring Green, WI has 14 days left and we're VERY CLOSE to our goal!
As of this post, there's only $1544 left to raise and we need everyone's help to succeed.
If we don't meet the goal by the end of the campaign, we cannot collect any of the funds and the project won't move forward. Don't let that happen!
Please donate by following the link and help put this important piece of Frank Lloyd Wright history and design back at Taliesin.
Illustration credit: Eric M. O'Malley
Scott T. sends info on a previously-unknown-to-him building by Taliesin Apprentice, James Dresser, near Racine, WI. It's the Village of North Bay Village Hall, at 3615 Hennepin Pl. The building was recently on the Preservation Racine’s 40th annual Tour of Historic Places where people could get a good look at the unique brickwork incorporated in the building. Maybe we can convince Mark Hertzberg to get some more photos to share with readers.
Photo © Charles Vallone
The Newark Patch recently ran an editorial in which the Ricardo C. decries the indifference by Newark City leaders to consider saving and updating their historic library designed by Taliesin-trained architect, Aaron Green, instead of tearing it down. Read more about this potential loss here.
Photo Credit: Aaron Green Associates
Margo S. sends a link to a story published on Curbed.com, about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman-Wilson House, its move from New Jersey to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, and the painstaking process of transporting and reconstructing it. Read it here.
Image © Tarantino Studio; courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.
The Chicago Tribune reports that news that the Harry Robinson-designed Paul F. Victor House, built in 1919 in River Forest, IL was quickly torn down at the end of September. After such a swift and senseless loss of a historic property, the River Forest Historic Preservation Commission is proposing several changes that will hopefully prevent quick tear downs of significant works in the future. Read more here.
Image via Zillow.com
Yesterday was a busy and exciting day for Frank Lloyd Wright-enthusiasts. The announcement of finding a positively identified (and factually supported) new Wright House is big news. Now, Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin is offering its members a chance to tour the new American System-Built House in Madison this Sunday! More info after the jump...
Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin announces that another Wright-designed American System-Built Home has been positively identified in Madison, WI. Discovering a previously undocumented Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is an infrequent occurrence. Identifying two in the same year is even more remarkable, especially two in the same state. Find out the details after the jump...
Mark Hertzberg sends a link to an article in the Journal Times about a Racine County judge's recent to raised the fines being levied on the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House rehab, but stopped short of granting a village attorney’s request to demolish the house if work isn’t completed by October 30th. Read more about the contentious situation here.
Image credit: Kristen Zambo/Journal Times
David Patterson sends word that on Thursday, October 22nd, at 7:00, he'll be giving a talk called "Frank Lloyd Wright, 'Organicism,' and the Long Shadow of Beethoven" at the historic Second Presbyterian Church on 1936 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The talk is preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00pm. The church itself is an extraordinary space -- the most complete Arts and Crafts church in the United States, I'm told. Its congregation once included the Wackers, the Pullmans, and a number of other Prairie Avenue types. I'd encourage you to come even if just to see the space! More info at left and here.
Image via David Patterson
DNAinfo.com reports that the city of Chicago accidentally posted a stop work order for window replacement not authorized by the Landmarks Commission on the Wright-designed McArthur House, but posted the big orange sign in front of the Wright-designed Blossom House next door. Given the shocking dilapidated state of the Blossom House, the mix-up is understandable. Read more here.
Image credit: DNAinfo/Sam Cholke
It was an gray, overcast Autumn day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but still a great afternoon to enjoy a tour of amazing architecture during the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference. More after the jump...
Zachary M. and David J. send word that Joniece Frank, daughter of Frankoma Pottery founders daughter of John and Grace Lee Frank, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at the age of 77-years-old. She lived with her sister, Donna, in the Bruce Goff-designed Frank House in Sapulpa, OK until her passing. Read more about her life and work here.
Photo by Doug Johnson
Day 2 of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI was another one chock full of wonderful preservation-related discussions and amazing afternoon tours. Get all the details after the jump...
The first full day of the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was full of thought-provoking lectures, panel discussions, and amazing tours of Wright architecture. Get the details and see photos after the jump...
We arrived in downtown Milwaukee this evening filled with anticipation in advance of the first full day of activities for the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference, which kicks off tomorrow morning.
As a special treat to kick things off, we have a report from the pre-conference tour that took place earlier today. Several lucky conference attendees had a chance to enjoy a roaming tour and picnic lunch at Frank Lloyd Wright's 1939 Bernard Schwartz House (aka "Still Bend") in Two Rivers, WI.
Michael Ditmer, one of the owners of the Usonian home, sent word that they took the opportunity to turn the event into a 75th anniversary celebration for the Schwartz House with a fancy cake and special surprise unveiling. Find out more after the jump...
Newson6.com reports that the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building, which has had a tortured history of fires, vacancy, and vandalism, was recently sold to Tulsa-based Ross Group for $1.5 million. The new buyers have not expressed their plans for the building, but we strongly hope it includes restoring it back to its former Art Deco splendor. More here.
Image via Newson6.com
Architecture and Chicago are synonymous. And being a Chicagoan means you should have a sense of what the most iconic buildings are in your city. Curbed Chicago helps out with a list of the 26 downtown buildings that are a must for any Chi-Town resident to know. See the list here.
Image via Curbed Chicago
This week's big architecture event is the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Annual Conference in Milwaukee which officially starts tomorrow morning and runs through Saturday. But Michael B. reminds us that if you don't have plans for the Sunday after the Conference, then head over to Richland Center, WI to experience the 2015 “Tour of Homes,” hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Richland Foundation. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 4, from 11am – 4pm with the opportunity to tour four unique area homes, including one by Art Dyson and Herb Fritz, Jr. Plus you can see Wright's A.D. German Warehouse. More details here.
Image credit: Barrett-Tuxford Photo
The recent well-deserved American Masters tribute on PBS to noted Taliesin Fellow Pedro E. Guerrero featured numerous images of the San Francisco Call Building Model. "Pete" and his wife Dixie Legler Guerrero both commented on the importance of the Guggenheim Exhibition and the candid series of photos Pete took capturing Mr. Wright looking at this very model and contemplating its significance to his career.
The OAD Archives is about halfway to the goal of raising $5000 to return this important model to its place at Taliesin. PLEASE help reach this goal by going to the Kickstarter campaign page and donating what you can to ensure this project happens!
Photo © 2015 Pedro E. Guerrero Archives
The end of this week brings the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2015 Conference to Milwaukee, WI. Running September 30-October 4, 2015, the conference is titled "Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Laboratory" and will feature tours of more than 15 of these Wright buildings, educational sessions that explore the importance of Wisconsin on Frank Lloyd Wright’s life/work, special events in houses by Wright apprentices and contemporaries, a silent auction with one-of-a-kind Wright items and experiences, the Wright Spirit Awards gala, and more.
If you can't make the conference this year, then PrairieMod has you covered! We'll be providing wrap-ups of each day's events on the blog for PrairieMod readers to enjoy and feel connected. Stay tuned and Wright on!
Image via the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
KPBS.org reports that the La Jolla Historical Society is featuring the work of five Taliesin-trained San Diego area architects, Sim Bruce Richards, Loch Crane, Frederick Liebhardt, Vincent Bonini and William Slatton, in their new exhibit, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy in San Diego: The Taliesin Apprentices," which runs September 26 through January 17, 2015. More details here.
Image credit: Douglas M. Simmonds
The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is offering a combined tour of two of its popular sites in partnership with the fall Chicago Architecture Biennial. The afternoon bus tours, which include commentary by expert guides, will visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL. and the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. More after the jump...
The Toronto Star recently featured some of the alternative submissions from the 1958 contest to design Toronto's City Hall. They also printed Frank Lloyd Wright's reaction at the time to each of the designs. Of course, the verbal quips are what you'd expect from Wright. Read and see more here.
Image via thestar.com
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday October 17, 2015 to attend the annual symposium, An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright, hosted by the Friends of Cedar Rock held at the American Legion Hall in Quasqueton, IA. This year's speakers are Jerome Klinkowitz, professor of languages and literature at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and Mark Hertzberg, photo journalist, editor of the Wright in Racine blog, and author of several books on Wright. Get more details here.
Image via friendsofcedarrock.org