Speaking of architectural works in trouble, we've been trumpeting the troubled future of John S. Van Bergen's James Irving Residence in Wilmette, IL and it seems like the noise is getting some attention from the media: The Wilmette Life recently covered the situation facing the home for its readers and the Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin, tweeted the story to his Twitter followers. Hopefully this will just be the beginning and locals will take notice and do something to save this home and the historic character of their town. Read how to make some noise yourself about it here.
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The ongoing struggle to restore and turn two side-by-side Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago continues, and there seems to be enough intrigue, politics, and bad blood to go around. Hopefully the feuding can stop on these important works of architecture can be secured and restored. Read more here.
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AZCentral.com reveals how the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium at ASU in Tempe came to be. Apparently the story was discovered in reading a fairly recent 1992 biography of Gordon Sabine, special assistant to the dean of ASU Libraries at the time. Read about it here.
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It looks like the alarm we sounded about the potential new tear-down threat facing the John S. Van Bergen-designed James B. Irving Residence at 1318 Isabella St. in Wilmette, IL has caught the attention of at least one local reporter. Read this article about the threat facing this house here. If any of our readers live in Wilmette--please do what you can as a local voice to save this house!
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Mark H. sends a link to an article on the ongoing budget woes and tax wars in Springfield, IL and how they might affect the ability of the state to keep historic sites open if the politicians can't get their acts together. Could the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House be one of the sites affected? Read more here.
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According to Sightsmap.com, Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum is the most photographed sight in the city of New York, beating out the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The ranking is calculated by tracking the number of photos taken in a given location and tagged through Google’s Panoramio. Read more here and see the other sights here.
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The Tulsa World reports that Preservation Oklahoma is out with its list of 2014 most Endangered Places in the state and sadly, the Frank Lloyd Wright designed "Westhope House," a concrete block home he designed for his cousin in 1929, Richard Lloyd Jones (and one of only three Wright-designed structures in the state) makes the list. The article does not not expound on why it's endangered, but as more information comes to light, we'll be sure to report. Read the article here.
UPDATE after the jump...
Mark H. sends a link to an article in the Journal Sentinel about the new lakefront design released by the Milwaukee Art Museum for a proposed 17,000-square-foot, two-story building that would give the museum more gallery space and a new entrance. While I would not advocate removing the Saarinen designed original building, nor touching the Calatrava addition, the museum in the rendering is starting to look a little camel-like with all of its add-ons. Check it out here.
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Lovers of Modern Architecture often swoon over the iconic Californian Eichler home. But they aren't perfect: lack of windows in the front, flat roofs that leak, radiant heat floors that take awhile to kick in. Well, The Marin Independent Journal reports on two Bay Area development gurus that are offering new ideas on modernizing the homes of Joseph Eichler without violating their aesthetics. Read it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article on the effort by a construction crew to carefully remove six architectural medallions that were attached to the 95-year-old Star Tribune headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. Read and watch more about it here.
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Mary Louise Schumacher of JSOnline.com showcases the brick building talents of Luis Hernandez, a Milwaukee-area Lego aficionado who built a mini plastic brick model of the Santiago Calatrava-designed museum that graces the city's lakefront. If your vote is one of the 10,000 needed, this set could come to life. Read more here and vote here.
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It was recently announced that The Pritzker Prize in architecture recipient for 2014 is Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, famous for his work designing shelters for places devastated by all types of natural disasters and for working with lowly materials like cardboard and paper tubes. Many may remember his transcendent "Cardboard Cathedral" for the earthquake-devastated community in Christchurch, New Zealand. Read more here.
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Mark H. provides a link to the ongoing struggle to get the Edgar Tafel-designed Carl Albert House in Racine, WI up-to-code and saved from the shadow of the wrecking ball. Progress is slow and the neighbors are surly, but hopefully this will all end with a work of Organic Architecture saved. Read more here and here.
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The State Journal-Register reports that a local Springfield, IL group is working to buy and restore The Lincoln Colored Home, the first orphanage for black children in Illinois. It's history is intertwined with the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana House and was named one of Landmarks Illinois “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” last year. Read more here.
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The internet is abuzz about the announcement of free tours starting May 2, 2014 of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower. Starting Monday, people can make online reservations for tours that include the Research Tower. Read more here, here, and info about tours here.
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FastCoDesign.com features a selection of Ezra Stoller's amazing architectural photos and provides a little insight into the upcoming exhibit, Architecture + Photography, which showcases the artist's amazing body of work and will be at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. More here.
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AZCentral.com reports that the owner of the David and Gladys Wright House in Phoenix is asking the Phoenix City Council for a nine month continuance in order to solidify final plans for the house to be historically designated and be able to be open to the public. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to a story in the New York Times about the effort of architects and preservationists from around the globe to try and save the Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow. Dubbed "Russia's Eiffel Tower", the 50-story conical structure was designed in 1922 by Vladimir Shukhov and is considered one of the engineering marvels of the 20th Century. Read more about the effort to save it from demolition here.
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FastCoDesign recently showcased the new Starbucks store at Disneyland's Downtown Disney which avoids the Mickey ears and pixe dust, channeling instead the work of mid-century designers like Joseph Eichler, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra. See and read more here.
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The New York Times features a piece on the intricate architectural models of Frank Lloyd Wright that embody his many ideas about Architecture's role in the shaping of American life. Some of these iconic models are on display as part of the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal” at MoMA. Read more here.
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Mark H. sends a couple of links to separate stories about the struggles historic preservationists are facing in sunny Miami. One involves an attempt to save a 1925 white mansion designed by Walter De Garmo, Florida’s first registered architect; the other involves the actions of a Miami attorney's unilateral action to shut down discussion of the city's preservation board about historic designation for an important prehistoric Indian site. Read them here and here.
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On Tuesday, Preservation Chicago announced their annual list of "Chicago's Seven Most Endangered" city buildings. The list includes a shuttered public school by Dwight Perkins, A couple of former power stations, a catholic church, a hotel, an "L" station house in the Loop, a theater, and an entire manufacturing district. Read more about it here.
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Crain's Business Chicago reports that Magellan Development Group LLC has tapped Jeanne Gang (who designed the Aqua Tower for them to great success) to design another mixed hotel hotel/residential unit high-rise nearby. It will be interesting to see what Ms. Gang shakes out of her sleeve for this project. Read more about it here.
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AZCentral.com recently featured Taliesin apprentice Kamal Amin consulting with students of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture about rebuilding Amin's 1963 Lotus Shelter on the grounds of Taliesin West. The structure is one of the longest continually inhabited shelters occupied by students and is getting some much needed TLC as part of the "learn by doing" curriculum of the school. Read more and watch a video here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to a story in The Journal Times about the history and impending demise of the once proud Porters Furniture Store in downtown Racine, WI. The Moderne store will be demolished later this year. No word yet what replaces it, but it's doubtful it will have the same character of this building. Read more here.
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Paul R. sends a link to the news that the prefab design and build company, Blu® Homes, unveiled one of their Balance models built for Tim and Karen Wright. As stated in the press release, "Tim, a grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher. Karen is a management consultant in the real estate field and a board member of Taliesin Preservation, Inc. The Wrights built their Balance, whose features include a 16’ high ceiling, abundant windows and a full wall of sliding glass doors, on one hundred and twelve acres of land in southwestern Wisconsin near Taliesin East, site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate and a currently operational school of architecture." Read and see more here.
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The Arkansas Traveler reports that the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (which recently bought and will move the Frank lloyd Wright-designed Bachman Wilson House) will collaborate with students and faculty of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas to design and build an outdoor pavilion that will accompany the Usonian acquisition. Read more about it here.
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Michael Bridgeman reports in that additional protections for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Lamp House and its immediate surroundings were unanimously accepted by the Madison Common Council at its Tuesday, February 25, 2014 night meeting. The recommendations of the ad hoc committee report still need to become part of the city's official Downtown Plan, an agenda item for the next council meeting on Tuesday, March 4. For more, see the end of the newspaper report here.
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The Coast Report Online posts that officials at California's Orange Coast College are considering the demolition of the campus's Richard Neutra-designed planetarium and math wing to make space for new buildings. Complicating matters is the fact that experts aren't entirely sure Neutra should be credited with the buildings (someone named Robert Alexander may have been the actual architect). Read more about this concerning and confusing story here.
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Be sure to attend the second lecture in the Pleasant Home Foundation's series "Shockingly Modern: 20th Century Modernist Architecture" at the Oak Park public Library February 27, 2014 at 7pm. Susan Benjamin will be talking about the development of the Modern House in Chicago, illustrated by the work of its stellar Modernist architects. Read an article on the series here and get more details here.
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DNAinfo Chicago reports that condos are being developed where the New Hope Bible Church now sits and across from Louis Sullivan's famed Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. Neighbors are worried about how these condos will impact the historic nature of the area and possibly intrude on the important Sullivan landmark. Read more about it here.
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The Art Newspaper reports that a group of activists staged a surprise protest inside Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Holding banners and chanting, the activists were protesting labor conditions on the Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi branch of the museum. Read more about it here.
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According to an article from the globegazette.com, Wright On The Park and the Mason City Public Library this week will unveil a 12-inch reproduction of the Richard Bock designed statue of Mercury which was originally created for Frank Lloyd Wright’s City National Bank in 1910. The unveiling will be in the library commons on Friday February 28 at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.
The statues will also be for sale for $85 each (plus shipping fee if required) at the library, the Architectural Interpretive Center, The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Moorman’s Clothiers, In Home Gallery and Gifts and online at www.wrightonthepark.org, with proceeds going jointly to the library and to Wright on the Park. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends a link to an article in the New York Times about Museo Jumex,the zig-zag-topped museum of contemporary art in Mexico City that was brought to life (and underwritten) by wealthy patron, Eugenio López Alonso. Read more about it here.
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Mark H. sends a link to the news that the Chicago Spire's developer, Garrett Kelleher, has said that investor Atlas Apartment Holdings LLC will agree to pay off creditors and let the company emerge from bankruptcy paving the way to see the Santiago Calatrava skyscraper come to life. Read more about it here and here.
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The Dallas Morning News reports that the city of Dallas needs about $200 million just to maintain its existing arts facilities and to build the new ones desired. Unfortunately it does not have that kind of cash laying around.
One Dallas arts facility on that "to fix" list that is of particular concern is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater which apparently needs a $30-million restoration/rehabilitation (see page 25 of this report).
Read more about the entire situation here.
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The Vision Of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert, the story of the Organic Architect's quest to merge architecture and ecology, will be screening at the Sedona International Film Festival from February 25 and 28, 2014. Read more about the film and watch a clip here.
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Curbed Chicago reports that a new crop of sites in the city were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. One of those new additions was the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed J.J. Walser, Jr. House on the far West Side of the city. The home (and the neighborhood it's in) have seen better days. Now that it's listed, it enjoys a little more protection...but the long-term future of this home is still not assured. See the entire list of Chicago's new inductees here.
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