Dave Arland recently visited the Feline History Museum in Alliance, OH and snapped several close-up photos of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 1954 cat house, designed for the daughter of client Gerald Tonkens. Dave put together a really nice on-line exploration of the little Usonian cat house, replete with lots of photos. See it here.
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Dave Clark of the Star Courier recently discovered the Organic Architectural legacy that architect Phil Welch left on his hometown of Kewanee, IL. Read it here.
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Eric S. sends word that the John Howe-designed Mrs. George R. Johnson Residence (known as the "Seagull House") on the cliffs of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, MN, which has been available as a long-term rental for awhile, is now for sale for $799,000. Check out the listing here and the home's history here.
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September 4, 2014 marked the 168th birthday of architectural giant and modern urban planner, Daniel Burnham. Architectural Digest remembers Burnham in a recent article exploring his life and iconic contributions. Read it here.
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Visitors to SC Johnson’s Racine campus can now add another historic gem to their Frank Lloyd Wright tour schedule. The company announced today that it is partnering with the Johnson Foundation to expand its tour offering to include Wingspread, the remarkable home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert Fisk (H. F.) Johnson Jr., the third generation leader of SC Johnson, and his family. More after the jump...
Yesterday, September 3rd, was architect Louis Sullivan's 158 birthday. In honor of the day, the blog Archdaily shines the spotlight on the "father of skyscrapers." Read and see more here.
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Northern Public Radio recently featured a segment on Frank Lloyd Wright's recently water-logged Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, IL. While the spectacular Prairie Era home is open again for public tours, the basement is still drying out and a long term flood safety strategy is now underway. Read and listen to more here.
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The LA Times reports on the saving of the Rudolph M. Schindler-designed Bethlehem Baptist Church (1944) by a new congregation. A rare example of a church built by the iconic architect, it is also one of the few intact Modernist structures in South L.A. Read more about it's new life here.
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ARCHITECT, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, recently interviewed Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation President and CEO Sean Malone about the recent Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture's accreditation loss, the school's future options, and the other Foundation-related activities. Read it here.
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Heavy rain swept through Springfield, IL on Thursday night (August 28, 2014) and caused the basement of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Susan Lawrence Dana House to flood. While significant damage to the Prairie School icon was avoided, tours were canceled going into the busy Labor Day weekend. Read more about it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that Bruce Goff's Myron Bachman House, a 1948 remodel of an 1890 house in Chicago, is on the market for $599,000. The home is a futuristic melding of angled corrugated aluminum and Chicago common brick. The listing is on Zillow, but no interior photos. See more here.
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Photographer and Author, Mark Hertzberg, sends word that the current owners of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fred B. Jones "Penwern" estate on Delavan Lake, Wisconsin (1900-1903) have have had a website created. Mark has also been commissioned to write a book about Mr. Jones and Penwern. It’s a challenging adventure, given the apparent absence of any correspondence between Messrs. Jones, Wright and Henry H. Wallis, the developer of the Wright homes on the lake. If any PrairieMod readers have any insights into Penwern or Mr. Jones, please let us know! In the mean time, check out the Penwern website here.
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Three art glass cabinet doors that were originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Westcott House in Springfield, OH were recently acquired by the house's foundation at auction and will be returned to their rightful place in the Prairie School home. Read more about this exciting preservation win here.
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When the news that the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture would lose its accreditation in 2017, the reaction from most was one of surprise and sadness. The Frank Lloyd Foundation opted not to incorporate the school separately for fear of losing control and voted to forgo accreditation.
While Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation president and CEO, Sean Malone, stated in an interview that the Foundation was going to be looking for another accredited institution with whom to partner so they can jointly offer a professional degree, the School's own board of governors saw the situation differently.
On Wednesday, the architecture school’s board of governors released a statement saying it “respectfully disagrees with the decisions and actions” by the Foundation’s board to ostensibly shut the school down.
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Lon Arbegust sends word that the AD German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. has received verification from the Internal Revenue Service that ADGWC, Inc. is now exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. ADGWC is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2056, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. They welcome all who wish to contribute to this unique Frank Lloyd Wright restoration effort. Follow the effort at the ADGWC Facebook page here.
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The Spring House Institute is trying to raise matching funds for a special category grant from the Division of Historical Resources to acquire the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House in Tallahassee, FL from original owners, the Lewis Family. Follow the link to read more about it, see a video on the house, and pick your pledge amount (and thank you gift).
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Michael Bridgeman was in the Wright place at the right time in Madison, WI recently. He was able to snap two photos of Frank Lloyd Wright's Lamp House that show the rear (southwest) facade that has been exposed by the demolition of four houses to make way for a new apartment building that takes into account a special area plan adopted earlier this year by the city of Madison. These houses were in place when Robert Lamp built his house in the middle of a block near the state capitol, so this is a view that was never really anticipated—and will disappear when the new building rises on this site. Thanks Michael for the pics!
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As news of flood damage to the Charnley-Persky House spread, friends of SAH have offered their support as volunteers to assist in cleanup and with monetary support. SAH board member Cynthia Weese, FAIA, and her husband, Ben Weese, FAIA, have made a Challenge Grant of $10,000 for Charnley-Persky House recovery and ongoing restoration work. Every dollar donated to the house, up to $10,000, will be matched by the Weese grant. More after the jump...
Robert M. sends a link to a very rare (and very rough condition) table designed by Rudolph Schindler for the living room of the Lovell Beach House. The buy it now purchase price of $7500 is a bit steep, but if you're a collector and have some cash, then it can be yours. See the listing here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that The Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa has been renamed the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center in honor the town's dedicated and important historical preservationist. Read more about it here.
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Tom Desch, a documentary filmmaker, is trying to get the word out about a film he's working on about Frank Lloyd Wright's B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee IL. He's set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his film. Check it out here and help support the cause!
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We heard from both Helena K. and Justin D. that yesterday afternoon's storms in Chicago brought major flooding to the Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Charnley-Persky House on 1365 North Astor Street. Water poured into the National Landmark building, which serves as the headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, through a second-floor bathroom. The water rushed up and out of the toilet and sink, flooding the bathroom and running down to the library on the first floor. The basement of the house was flooded with over two inches of water. SAH is cleaning up and waiting for experts to come in and help repair the water damage. See more photos and help support SAH here.
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Tulsa World reports that despite being shuttered and up for sale, the Bruce Goff-designed Tulsa Club building (1927) is being kept up to city code enforcement standards, including more lighting, the addition of stairwell railings, repaired elevator doors and shafts, and the clearing of combustibles from the building. This is good to hear, especially since the Tulsa Club has been neglected for so long and the victim of fires in the past. Read more about it here.
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DeZeen features the new Santiago Calatrava-designed Innovation, Science, and Technology Building for the Florida Polytechnic University is finished and ready for student use later this month. It looks to be a remarkable and otherworldly building, as the article's photos showcase. Read and see more here.
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John Clouse sends some information that may interest our PrairieMod readers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Historian Richard L. Kronick, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education, will present a 3-part no-credit course on Prairie School architecture on successive Thursdays in October 2014 -- including tours of three beautiful private homes. More after the jump...
Commissioned to redevelop Chicago’s Navy Pier for its 100th anniversary in 2016, landscape architect James Corner stands at the forefront of today’s landscape urbanism movement. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present an evening with James Corner Thursday, Oct. 2 at the University of Chicago. Read more after the jump...
Anne B. sends a link to the news that the Bauhausian Philip Johnson-designed Wiley Speculative House (1954) has come on the market in New Canaan, CT for $1.575 million. While not as famous as the Glass House, Johnson works rarely come to the market. Read about the home here, here and see the listing here.
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The next issue of the Journal of Organic Architecture + Design has arrived from the printer and is now available for order.
Volume 2 : Number 2 features both the facts and the puzzling mystery surrounding the Arizona Biltmore Hotel's design authorship: Was it Albert Chase McArthur? Was it Frank Lloyd Wright? Or was it a combination of both? To that mystery we offer insight and perspective by the actual players themselves, along with never-before-published photos of the building from its early years.
If you already have a subscription or placed an issue pre-order, your copy is in the mail and will arrive shortly. If you have not ordered yet, then click here to get yours!
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George J. sends a link to a post on Curbed LA announcing the sale of the John Lautner-designed Reiner-Burchill Residence (aka "Silvertop") in Los Angeles. It has not been on the market since 1974 and for a cool $7.5 million it could be all yours. Read and see more here.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dorothy Turkel House in Detroit, one of the architect's concrete Usonian Automatic designs, has been beautifully restored by owners Dale Morgan and Norman Silk. Read about what it took to make this gem sparkle again in this recent hometownlife.com article.
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Arkansas Business recently interviewed Ron Shelby, CEO of Hight-Jackson Associates, the firm tasked with the reassembly of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House, that was moved from its previous home in New Jersey to the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Read it here.
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Two poets who inspired Frank Lloyd Wright and his architectural works will be the topic of a September presentation sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at the Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park. Emerson and Whitman: The Poets Who Inspired Wright, 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, will combine readings of poetry by Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose philosophies had a profound influence on Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural practice. More after the jump...
The Worthington News reports that the unique Usonian community of Rush Creek Village in Worthington, OH will be the subject of a new exhibit titled "Neighborhood in Harmony with Nature, Rush Creek Village" at the McConnell Arts Center from August 21 to October 26, 2014. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the re-creation of a circular guest house from the Pepinsky House in Rush Creek. Read more about it here and get more details here.
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Don't forget to get your tickets for the Pleasant Home Foundation's "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" house tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. Pleasant Home is sponsoring a docent led interior tour of five 20th Century Modernist homes in Oak Park and River Forest. (Guests can also tour Pleasant Home.) Tickets are $45.00; Pleasant Home Members pay $40.00. Payment can be made by cash, check, or on line. For more information follow the link or email: hruehlemay(AT)pleasanthome.org; or call: 708.383.2654.
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