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.
Photo credit: Frank Gamwell and David Crane
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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Curbed.com spotlights the efforts of the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative to rebuild the lost Banff Nation Park Pavilion by Frank Lloyd Wright. The group has been working methodically to convince the Banff City Council to approve the project. Based on recent votes to support fact-finding the initiative, the situation looks promising. Read and see more here.
Illustration by Bill Ross via Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative
The drama continues around the possible historic designation "de-listing" of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House in Fort Wayne, IN as the City Council on Tuesday passed a “no recommendation” measure out of committee. The council will make a final vote next week at its regular session, so it remains to be seen how this will all shake out. Read more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation shared details of a new initiative beginning this June. Maja and Charles will begin a coast-to-coast summer bicycle ride to help raise funds to support the preservation and infrastructure conservation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. The recently released Preservation Master Plan for Taliesin West provides new inspiration to help make a difference and to make vital improvements on this historically important property for generations to come. You can be involved in the adventure by following their journey on Facebook as well as their blog. Donating to the cause is easy! Make checks payable to: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and mail to 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259-2537. Or to contribute by credit card, follow this link. All gifts up to a total of $100,000 will be generously matched by Charles and Maja. Donate early to qualify for the Wessels/Covington match!
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Appelton, Wisconsin architect Curtis L. Biggar recently sent information for a "green" home design he's launching named "Opus Solarus", which is inspired by the work and principles of Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out more info by clicking on the image at left.
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Thomas A. Heinz, AIA sends a note that he recently received a copy of the new book Close-Up View of Froebel's Kindergarten: With Frank Lloyd Wright at the Drawing Table by author Wallace J. Rogers, Ph.D. As Tom states in his message,
"it is 1032 pages long. It is a most wonderful understanding and explanation as well as examples taken from and to Froebel and Wright's work at all levels of detail. Anyone who gets the book will much more fully understand what Wright really got from Froebel and how he used it."
Find out more info and get your copy here.
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Spring is here and that means the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's annual Wright Plus Housewalk is coming soon! I was asked again this year to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event. Of course I was honored to oblige. This year's shirt features one of my graphically abstract architectural illustrations of Frank Lloyd Wright's Winslow House (which lucky housewalk attendees will be able to tour this year). Be sure to get your shirt soon—once they are gone, they are gone! Then you can wear it at the big event on May 21, 2016. Get your tickets here and see you there!
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If you love architecture and history and live near Buffalo, NY, then consider becoming a volunteer or docent at Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff estate. Graycliff Docent Training 2016 begins on Saturday, April 2 and continues every Saturday morning at 9:30 am through May 21, 2016. Volunteers help with the gift shop; the Green Team (which maintains Graycliff’s historic gardens and grounds); special events; tidying our historic buildings; and many other things. If you're interested in helping, please contact Graycliff@verizon.net or 716-947-9217 or follow the link.
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The people of Fort Wayne, IN will have the opportunity to let their voice be heard at a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 regarding whether the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed John D. Haynes House should retain its historic designation or be de-listed per its owner's wishes. Read and watch more here.
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Several PrairieMod readers sent links to the news that Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid died in Miami, FL on Thursday from a sudden heart attack. Hadid's work is known for expressive geometry and liberated forms, which helped launch her fame and lead to her becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture. Read more about her life and work here.
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Mike W. sends a link to a CurbedLA post highlighting the beautiful Mid-century Modern Barr Residence (1960) in Napa, California designed by architect Walter Thomas Brooks. Dubbed "Petal House" for its unique roof, this absolutely stunning Organic gem could be yours for $1.698 million. Check out the article here and the listing here.
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The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article spotlighting the people who choose to live in historic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses and what life is like in an architecturally significant home. Read it here.
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Here's a link to a story about the National Register of Historic Places listing of a Usonian-ish home designed for Dr. Jean Chapman in 1962 by the late architect, John L.E. Boardman, who designed or renovated more than 500 houses and buildings in Southeast Missouri. Read more here.
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If you participated in the recent 2016 Wright Society Virtual Summit, you heard the amazing restoration story of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Oscar B. Balch House in Oak Park, IL. Well, if you fell in love with this unique Prairie house, then here's your chance to be its next steward: The home has officially come to the market for $1.25 million. Check out the details and lots more photos here.
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Lois A. sends word that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dr. Frank and Betty Iber House (1955), an example Wright's prefab designs created in conjunction with Marshall Erdman and Associates, has come on the market in Plover, WI for $365,000. Betty Iber recently passed away, so the original family has occupied the home until now. Check out the listing and more photos here.
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Michael B. sends a link to an article on the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation's website that highlights five Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in Madison, Wisconsin. Three locals offer advice on what to see and do, including Anna Andrzejewski, an art history professor who has done work on the topics of Frank Lloyd Wright and Marshall Erdman. This digital post is a companion article to a related "Itinerary" item in this month's hard-copy magazine by the same writer. Check more out here.
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John C. sends a link to an article on Archinect.com spotlighting over a thousand slides featuring Southern California's iconic modern architecture that have been newly digitized by the USC Library and are now available to view for free online. Read more about it here.
Image of Hollyhock House via USC Library
The Calgary Herald reports that the effort by a group of Frank Lloyd Wright fans to rebuild the Architect's 1914 Banff Pavilion in Canada's Banff National Park continues to gain momentum. The proposal was submitted to the town council last year and this upcoming Tuesday, a report on the possible options for rebuilding it will go before that council for consideration. Read more here.
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In honor of the Wright Society Virtual Summit opening today, Curbed.com recently featured three of the Frank Lloyd Wright restorations highlighted in the event: The Balch House, The Robie House, and the Davenport House. Check out the article with lots of great pics here. Then, if you registered for the free Wright Society Virtual Summit, you should be getting an email with the access links to watch the videos today!
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The Journal Times reports that the recent Chicago Architectural Biennial not only was successful in promoting Chicago's architectural legacy, but it successfully brought 8,000 visitors to Racine to see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed treasures at the SC Johnson campus. Read more about it here.
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John H. Waters, AIA, LEED AP sends word that as of March 8, 2016 Bruce Goff's Ruth and Sam Ford House in Aurora, IL has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places at a national level of significance!
This is fantastic news and an important designation for both Organic Architecture and mid-century modern architecture. If you want to learn more about Goff's incomparable Ford House, be sure to pick up a copy of the special issue of the Friends of Kebyar Journal all about it here.
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I was recently sucked into the website Primitive Technolgy in which an Australian documents his hobby of making things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. He recently built a mud pile hut with kiln-fired clay roof tiles with nothing more than his hands and the materials found on site. Watch the YouTube video of its creation here.
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Michael B. sends word that a Prairie Style house by Alvan Small is on the market in Madison, WI. The Thomas S. Morris House (1911) is in University Heights, a neighborhood with work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, George Washington Maher, Claude & Starck, and Keck & Keck. Before setting up his own practice, Small apprenticed with several architects including a year with Sullivan in Chicago.There's more listing here.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the plan to renovate the Chemical Building (1896) into an apartment complex has fallen through and the building is now back on the market for $4.5 million. While the article says the building was designed by Louis Sullivan...it was not. The Chemical Building was designed by Henry Ives Cobb. The 1893 Union Trust Building nearby was designed by Adler and Sullivan. Read the mixed-up article here.
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In light of the ongoing trend of historic property demolitions in the affluent western suburb of Chicago, the River Forest Village Board recently approved a series of amendments to its historic preservation ordinance to make it a little more challenging (but not impossible) for owners or developers to come in and quickly bulldoze historic homes. Read more about it here.
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The Journal Times reports that Wisconsin state senators voted unanimously to approve the measure for an official Frank Lloyd Wright heritage trail between Racine and Spring Green that connects the numerous Wright-designed buildings along the way. It's now up to the governor to approve it. Read more here.
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Curbed NY reports that the Plaza Hotel suite that Frank Lloyd Wright once lived in from 1954-1959 while working on the Guggenheim Museum commission is back on the market for $26 million—although it lacks any trace of Wright's design touch. Read more here.
Top image via Curbed NY/Bottom two images copyright Pedro E. Guerrero