The Chicago Cultural Center won the Chicago Reader's poll for 2014 Best Historic Building (three years running). The Rookery came in second. While the Cultural Center is a fantastic building that is eye-poppingly gorgeous on the inside, I'm not sure it's technically the city's "Best Historic Building." Two words: Robie House. See the whole list here.
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The Daily Courier reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will be helping the community of Yarnell, AZ to design A Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park as a tribute to remember the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots and hotshot firefighters in general. Read more about it here.
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Zach M. sends good news that the Sooner Park Play Tower (designed by Bruce Goff in 1963 as a gift from the Price family to Bartlesville, OK's youth) has begun the process of restoration. The tower will be disassembled, stripped of rust, repainted, and rebuilt back to playable condition. PrairieMod readers played a big part in helping to raise the funds needed to restore this unique work of Organic Architecture, so give yourselves a collective pat on the back! Read more about this preservation win here.
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As time ticks away before the end of June, the preservation community in the Chicagoland area is holding its breath to see if a steward will step forward to purchase the beautiful John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving House in Wilmette, IL. If the home does not sell this month, the current owner/developer has said he will proceed with tearing the Prairie School building down. If anyone out there has the means and wants to live in a stunning Prairie home, please follow the link, contact Landmarks Illinois, and put in an offer! Listing here.
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The Buffalo News announces that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed filling station (originally designed in 1927 but never realized until now) will officially open to the public at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on Friday June 27, 2014. More info here and here.
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The Pleasant Home Foundation will be hosting historians Kathleen Cummings and Bill Hinchliff on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 2:30 - 4:30pm for a walk along the beautiful streets of Kenilworth, IL as they talk about George W. Maher’s role in the town's development. The first in a series of walks, this one includes an interior tour of an 1892 Maher-designed house and guided talks about neighboring houses. Proceeds benefit the Pleasant Home Foundation. $10 at the door, $8 for PHF members. Meet at the train station at Kenilworth Avenue and Green Bay Road, Kenilworth, IL. Contact (708) 383-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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The Chicago Architecture Blog recently showcased an animated gif of several months' worth of demolition images of Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital. It's a sad reminder of the loss of this unique building for a city that is supposed to pride itself on its architecture. Read and see more here.
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Curbed National reports that the Richard Neutra-designed 1953 Dorothy Serulnic Residence in Los Angeles has hit the market with an unusual BOGO situation. The same property contains another home described as a seven-sided "series of triangles and polygons" built in 2009 by architect Michael Maltzan. They can both be yours for the kingly sum of $7.9 million. Read and see more photos here.
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The Chicago Tribune announces that Chicago was selected to be the site of George Lucas's museum of Narrative Art, to be sited on the lakefront where a parking lot now resides between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. The museum will house the filmmaker's extensive collection of movie memorabilia and other art related to the theme of storytelling. Read more about it here.
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Zach M. sends a link to the news that the Bruce Goff-designed McGregor House (1920) in Tulsa, OK has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Tribune announcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plans for a 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, which strives to be North America's biggest survey of international contemporary architecture. Taking a page from Venice's similar architectural exposition, Chicago aims to showcase digital renderings, scale models, photographs and additional displays at the Chicago Cultural Center near Millennium Park. Read more about it here.
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation has come out with its annual "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" list for 2014 and unfortunately, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL (the only private home designed by Wright in the state) is one of the 11. Apparently wind, water, and weather have contributed to its extreme deteriorating state. Find out more details here and help support the effort to save this unique and important Wright design.
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Did you miss Wright & Like this year? Well, thanks to a link from Scott T., you can catch a glimpse of one of the houses that was on the tour, the LaVerne and Mollie Lantz Residence in Delafield, Wisconsin. The Journal Sentinel article interviews Mollie about the home designed by her late architect husband. Read it and see more photos here.
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The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the effort to have the United States newest UNESCO World Heritage Site is moving slowly through the process and could be announced as soon as 2016. What makes this of interest to PrairieMod readers? The new site would actually be a combined nomination of 11 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures across the country. Read more about the list and progress here.
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Rob B. sends word that there has been a price reduction on the John Howe-designed "Redleaf" in Lakeville, MN from $485,000 to $359,000. See the listing and photos here.
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Here's a link to an article from Canada's Globe and Mail that discusses how the design community has been on a steady march away from the straight and sterile and exploring instead "a messier update on modernism...one that better relates to the human condition." The argument is made that "organic" design connects deeper with all of us on a fundamentally instinctual level and that organic shapes work more efficiently, allowing many complex systems to work together “like a symphony.” Read more about it here.
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I stumbled across an article about architect Cecil E. Bryan, an architect who was apparently the master of designing impressive mausoleums all over the country. What piqued my interest was to learn that he worked with Frank Lloyd Wright fora year around 1912. Anyone know more about Mr. Bryan and his time at Wright's? Read more here.
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Peter H. Barber sends word that the John Van Bergen-designed Albert Kurtzon residence (1941) in Highland Park, IL is for sale. John Van Bergen resided in Highland Park IL for part of his life and Highland Park has many examples of his designs still standing.
This specific property was his last design in Highland Park and is on a very private lot, surrounded by ravines. The home has all natural materials, with an exterior of rough Wisconsin limestone and rough cypress siding and trim (all original and in excellent condition). Interior is either brick or wood paneling with exposed fir beams. Floors are wide oak boards. All the original drawings, site plans blue prints etc are with the current owners (the second owner).
Follow the link for more information, see the listing here, or contact Peter Barber at Baird & Warner directly: 847.234.1855 or at email@example.com
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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its founding, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC) will hold its annual conference, "Past, Present, Future: The Conservancy at 25", in Phoenix, Arizona. This year will be a celebration for the Conservancy, a look back at what the organization has accomplished—and a look ahead. More after the jump...
The Los Angeles Times recently asked a panel of experts to put a list together of "The Best Houses of All Time in LA." Works by Schindler, Neutra, and of course Frank Lloyd Wright dominate. See a gallery of the LA architectural all-stars here.
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Columbus Monthly features an article about the reminiscences of Hal Pepinsky and how his parents, Harold and Pauline Pepinsky, came to build a home in the Usonian community of Rush Creek Village in Worthington, OH. Read it here.
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Mark W. sends a heads-up that the 1914 Prairie School house at 738 William Street in River Forest, IL is for sale for $629,900. The 700 block of William Street is known as a rare example of a large planned concentration of Prairie homes and also for having a murky pedigree. The established architect of record is Harry F. Robinson, but there are some that would like to add the homes to Frank Lloyd Wright's resume (though actual, empirical proof seems elusive). See the listing here.
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Scott T. sends word that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Arnold Jackson House (1957), one of the architect's prefab designs done in concert with Marshall Erdman that was built originally in Madison, WI and moved to Beaver Dam, WI, has hit the market for $625,000. Check out the listing and photos here.
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The Telegraph recently featured an article on a rather fantastical home that really underlines the word Organic in Organic Architecture. The "Mushroom House," a 4200 sqft concrete home designed by James Johnson for clients Robert and Marguerite Antell was built between 1970-72 in the New York State town of Perinton. Read more about this unique home here.
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Architecture critic, Blair Kamin, and rich gas bag-with-a-comb-over, Donald Trump, got into a Twitter architectural war-of-the-words over the ostentatious sign recently installed on Chicago's Trump Tower. "The Donald" showcased his maturity in the tweets, as you would expect. Read more about it here.
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Public online voting for the 2014 George Matsumoto Prize, which recognizes excellence in North Carolina Modernist residential design, begins June 15. Sponsored by the award-winning non-profit architecture organization North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the Matsumoto Prize is a juried competition which also includes public voting to determine three “People’s Choice” winners. Anyone in the world can vote by email (one time per email address) after viewing submissions posted on the NCMH website. More info after the jump...
Dave E. sends word that the John Randal McDonald-designed Anthony Kalupy house is for sale in River Hills, Wisconsin for $289,900. The house was designed in 1953 as part of a three-in-a-row set of houses on Green Tree Road. The back of each of these homes is open to a wooded ravine. The Kalupy house was added on to by a later owner, with the design for the addition was done by JRMcD as well. Check out the listing here and (shameless plug) learn more about John Randal McDonald in the V2/N1 issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Chicago Tribune about the newly proposed floating entertainment city for Lake Michigan, replete with sundecks, restaurants, a swimming pool, and boat docks called "Breakwater Chicago." Local businessman Beau D'Arcy is looking for crowdsourced Kickstarter funding for the water world and hopes it can provide some fun without damaging the iconic city lakefront. Read more here.
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We learned that there is an open house at the embattled John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence this Sunday, June 15, 2014, from 1-4 pm. If you are in the Chicagoland area and can get to Wilmette, then check out this beauty and put in an offer to save it! Listing info here.
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Chicagobussiness.com reports that the Lincoln Park neighborhood studio of architect Howard Alan (a student of architect Bruce Goff and one-time employee at the Iannelli Studios) has been demolished to make way for some new retail/residential building. Read more about this loss here.
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The Kalo Foundation had two very important fragments from the (now lost) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Midway Gardens (1914) donated to its growing collection. A "sprite" head and a wall panel from the building were donated by Phil Fedderson to the organization and are now on display at the Iannelli Home and Studio in Park Ridge, IL. It's a great new home for the pieces, especially since Alfonso Iannelli had such an important and integral connection to Midway Gardens and its sculpture. Plan your visit to see the pieces here.
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There is not much time remaining for someone to save the John S. Van Bergen-designed James Irving residence (1928), a Prairie School gem in Wilmette, IL. As chicagobusiness.com reports, the developer that currently owns it has given it only a few weeks on the market to sell before he says it will be torn down to make way for something new (and likely much less inspired). If you have the means and would like to live in a fantastic home, then please contact Landmarks Illinois to save this house.
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A pair of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed gates from the Donald Loveness House in Stillwater, MN will be auctioned off at Sotheby's during their June 11, 2014 sale. The gates should really be installed at the home they were only ever intended for, not going for thousands of dollars at auction. See the auction lot here.
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Kelly L. wanted to let PrairieMod readers know that there is a new exhibition at INOVA in Milwaukee. Titled "The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk," it features the work of Berk, who grew up in Bruce Goff's Ford House in Aurora, IL. The sculpture in the exhibit is inspired by living in the wondrously creative house. More info here.
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Curbed Chicago marks Frank Lloyd Wright's 147 birthday over the weekend (June 8 to be exact) by highlighting seven of his homes in the Chicagoland area for sale. Why not treat yourself and pick up your favorite of the bunch. See your choices here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine blog features two updates this morning after a busy weekend. One showcases the open house that took place at the Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, WI. The other features the yearly gathering at Taliesin North to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday (which was yesterday, June 8). Read them both here.
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On Friday, June 6, 2014, the Graycliff Conservancy, Inc. formally unveiled its recently two most recently completed projects: restoration of floors in the Isabelle R. Martin House and installation of a new fire suppression system, as well as upgrades for visitor readiness in the M&T Visitor Pavilion at Graycliff. Read more after the jump...