Mark H. sends word that tourists to the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago had a bit of a scare recently when a 6 millimeter thick protective glass coating on "The Ledge" (those projecting glass observation boxes) cracked. Although no one was in danger, you can imagine how it still freaked people out. Read more here.
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Both Robert B. and Anthony T. send word that a new monograph has been published by Gibbs Smith on the life work of Organic Architect and Bruce Goff protege, Mickey Muennig. With a forward by architect Herb Greene and an essay by Alan Hess, plus lots of beautiful photography, this book will be a must-have for architecture lovers. More info here.
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Scott T. sends word that the Jack Howe-designed Bowen House No. 2 in New Canaan, CT has come to the market for the kingly price of $3.995 million. While modified from its original design, there are still original sections to enjoy (and perhaps a deep-pocketed buyer with a heart of gold might return it to its unadulterated form...well, a guy can dream!) See the listing with more photos here.
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Author and Wright collector, Douglas Steiner sends word that he recently had the opportunity to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Sutton Residence in McCook, Nebraska, which has been beautifully and meticulously restored. After the visit, he put one of his "Wright Studies" together on the home. Read it here.
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Friday saw the tragic loss of the iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed library at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Through the heroic efforts of the fire fighters, the rest of the building was saved and no one was thankfully hurt, but the loss of the library is a terrible blow. The Scottish and UK governments have already pledged to restore the lost library, but it will take years and a lot of money. Let's hope it can be done and we can learn from this loss. Read more here.
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The Huffington Post gets out its crystal ball in order to give readers a glimpse of what's in store for the architecture of the future. Wild shapes, innovative materials, super "green" technologies all converge in some of the wildest designs you've seen.
While I'm all for pushing the envelope and creativity...I have to say that some of these "future" designs just look stupid. For instance: If I had the choice between NEXT Architects' salt water taffy bridge designed to span the Dragon King Harbour River in China or Frank Lloyd Wright's elegant (and unbuilt) Butterfly Bay Bridge design meant for San Fransisco, CA, I would choose Wright's innovative AND beautiful bridge everytime. Just because you can do something wacky doesn't necessarily mean you should. See all the future projects here.
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The Board of Directors of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy (ADGWC) are inviting the public to an open house at the Warehouse located at 300 South Church St. in Richland Center on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 2 to 4:30 pm The event celebrates what would be Frank Lloyd Wright's 147th birthday on June 8 and the 40th anniversary of the Warehouse inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. There will be a short program at 3 pm to recognize Glenn and Mary Schnadt for their generous gift to the Richland Center community. ADGWC will then unveil the National Register plaque as well as cut Mr. Wright's birthday cake. Come learn how you may become involved in this one of a kind project. For additional information call 608.604.5034 or email Lon Arbegust at email@example.com.
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Clear off some shelf space! Chisel & Mouse is a new Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation licensee, making plaster models of icon buildings. A British company that loves architecture, Chisel & Mouse creates amazingly complex models out of plaster with detail added with metal etching. Some of the more famous of Mr. Wright's buildings are currently available, including the Guggenheim Museum, Unity Temple, Hollyhock House, and the V.C. Morris Gift Shop. They are currently in the process of extending the collection of Wright models and will have approximately 10 by the NYNOW show in August. Check out the collection here and get your favorite Wright building today!
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The Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT will host H. Nicholas Muller III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, on June 4 at 7 pm to discuss “Fallingwater: An American Masterpiece,” as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series, a free event open to the public. Get more details here.
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News reaches us that the Purcell & Elmslie-designed E.S. Hoyt House (1913) in Red Wing, MN has hit the market for $575,000. The listing's photos show a beautiful Prairie School interior, including glass mosaic mural over the fireplace and loads of unpainted woodwork. Hopefully someone will snatch this Prairie treasure up and continue to take great care of it. See more here.
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James Perry of the blog Architectoid sends disturbing news that the John Lautner-designed Crippled Children's Society Rehabilitation Center (1979) in Woodland Hills, CA is in imminent danger of being demolished to make way for a new elder care facility. Read more about it here. If you live in the area, please consider contacting the city of Los Angeles staff Jordann.Turner@lacity.org or call 213-978-1379 to voice your opposition to tearing down this architectural work. Reference case No.: ZA-2014-0463(ELD)(ZV)(SPR).
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I recently received a copy of the new book, Frank Lloyd Wright's Nakoma Clubhouse & Sculptures, written and designed by Wright aficionado Douglas M. Steiner. The book is an exploration of how the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Nakoma Clubhouse, originally conceived for Madison, WI, came to be posthumously-built as part of a golf resort in Clio, California.
The book details the history of the architectural design, as well as, the geometric statues meant to adorn the initial design. The sculptures took on a separate life of their own, being executed in various forms over the years until their execution as monumental granite statues at the SC Johnson Headquarters in Racine, WI. The book is easy to dive into and its focus on this little-known Wright design makes it a welcome addition to any Wright library. Find out more and order your copy here.
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The News-Herald reports on news that Frank Lloyd Wright's Louis Penfield House in Wiloughby Hills, OH. The article provides some interesting background into how the Penfield's met Wright, as well as plenty of photos and an interactive blueprint of the home. Read and see it here.
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This article from the Japan Times provides a glimpse at Oya-machi, a town built on a plateau of volcanic Oya stone in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan. Frank Lloyd Wright was particularly found of the porous and easily-sculpted stone, and used it extensively in his (now lost) Imperial Hotel to wondrous effect. Read more about Oya and the village it comes from here.
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The architectural house tour season is officially underway and, in a few weeks, Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin will host their annual "Wright & Like" tour event. This year, it's a driving excursion around the Columbus-Dousman-Wales-Delafield area to see several outstanding examples of Organic Architecture. Read all the details and get your tickets here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that Mason City, IA has added a bronze sculpture of Frank Lloyd Wright in the town's Central Park and facing one of his works, the Park Inn Hotel. Read more about it here.
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DNAinfo.com reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Emil Bach House received a Preservation Excellence Award this week from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, thanks to a faithful and historically sensitive restoration by Col. Jennifer Pritzker's Tawani Enterprises. Read more here and then make plans to tour (or stay!) at this beautiful Wright work of art.
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Michael B. sends some really great follow-up information on the proposed Wright-designed boathouse that Madision city planners are considering as part of a future design vision for downtown Madison. More after the jump...
The Cap Times reports that the Madison Design Professionals Workgroup has worked up a report calling for the transformation of the intersection where John Nolen Drive, Blair Street and Willy Street meet to create a Madison version of Chicago's Millennium Park.
Of particular interest is the mention that the plan would eventually include "a boardwalk, boat docking and the long-discussed Frank Lloyd Wright Boathouse." Does that mean they would resurrect Wright's 1893 design (which was destroyed in 1926)? Or are they thinking of cloning the Yahara Boathouse project (which was realized after Wright's death in Buffalo, NY)? Read more about the plan here.
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August 5, 2014 will mark 100 years after the sad and grizzly murders that took place at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green, WI home and studio. Even though a century has passed, interest in the mystery that still swirls around the exact events and motives of the crime captivate people. Follow the link to read more about this persistent interest and watch a video featuring Wright historian Sidney K. Robinson and author Ron McCrea (whose book Building Taliesin explores the tragic event.)
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Curbed LA reports that the "Long Lost Lautner" (a.k.a. the Jules Salkin Residence in the Echo Park hills of Los Angeles) that was the buzz of architecture buffs last week has officially announced its selling price: $999,000. It need quite a bit of TLC, but this house would absolutely shine if the right steward was found. Read more here.
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Madison Magazine recently featured a new art print depicting the WIsconsin capital city by artist Kim Sly. I like the loosely abstract Mod style used to create the cityscape (and I especially dig that Monona Terrace makes an appearance.) Kim has a bunch of other cities in her print series at her etsy.com shop. See them here.
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If you have not gotten your tickets for the fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America, which takes place in Mason City, IA on May 30-31, 2014 then what are you waiting for? In addition to being able to hear some fantastic speakers, it's your opportunity to tour some of the city's amazing Wright and Griffin-design treasures. Learn more here.
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Two beautifully constructed white quartersawn oak settees, created as part of the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Beachy House in Oak Park, are now apparently on consignment at a local consignment shop. Although not original pieces of furniture to the house, they are still amazingly built and impressive. Not sure why the current owners decided to sell them now (especially right before this weekends All Wright Housewalk. Read more here.
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The LA Times reminds us that this weekend (May 18, 2014), six Rudolph Schindler-designed Silver Lake-area private homes will be open to the public as part of a benefit for the MAK Center for Art and Architecture. Read more about it here. If any PrairieMod readers go, please send photos and some notes on your experience so we can share with everyone.
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John C. sends a link to a 1939 British news reel featuring the (new at the time) Frank Lloyd Wright-designed marvel that is the SC Johnson Administration Building in Racine, WI. Watch it here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that the recent price chop from $825,000 to $775,000 was enough to get a contract pending for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert Parker House in Oak Park, IL (shown at left in the grip of our recent ice age). Read more about the pending sale here.
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On Friday, May 16 from 5-7pm, Pleasant Home and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace will present a special combined tour of both historic homes including food and drinks. Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.pleasanthome.org. Contact Heidi at (708) 383-2654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
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PrairieMod reader George J. sends word about Eric Lloyd Wright's forthcoming reception and exhibit from May 17-June 21, 2014 at the Malibu Lumber Yard Gallery, 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, California. The opening reception is on May 17, 2014 at 6 PM, with Eric Lloyd Wright. Get more details here.
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Mark Hertzberg provides a glimpse at the Hardy House's new entry gate, being built from an unrealized Frank Lloyd Wright design. Read and see more here.
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John Lautner's MCM home design for Jules Salkin (who is listed as a Talieisn Fellow with John on this timeline) is preparing to come on the market, after only having one owner for 65 years! This vaguely Usonian design from 1948 has stunning views of Los Angeles from atop a hill in Echo Park. Check out the pre-listing here, which has tons of photos of the home and images of original Lautner drawings.
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The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent house in Rockford, IL is set to open its doors to public tours starting on June 6, 2014. Its the newest Wright House museum and the only one built by Wright for a disabled client (Mr. Laurent was wheelchair-bound). Make plans to see it by clicking here.
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Scott T. sends word that the Zingale House (1957) designed by Frank Lloyd Wright associate, Herb Fritz, is on the market in Madison, WI for $585,000. Check out the listing and more photos here.
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In light of the recent announcement that the Milwaukee Art Museum plans to add a (fairly bland) 17,000 sq ft addition to one of the existing buildings, Mary Louise Schumacher of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines that a better move might be to build nothing for now and rethink a bolder plan for the future. After seeing images of the planned addition, I would tend to agree. Read more here.
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I stumbled across some fantastic Wright-inspired illustrations by Irish artist, Alan Nagle, that I thought I'd share with PrairieMod readers. I love the use of color and stylization in these! Visit Alan's Behance web page here.
Images copyright Alan Nagle