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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Gizmodo and The New York Times recently featured architectural wonders from American cities that were lost to the wrecking ball in the name of "progress." Gizmodo lists 9 buildings in particular that were a shame to lose—including Louis Sullivan's Garrick Theater. These lists could run reams of paper, but see what's been listed as lost here and here.
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Metropolis Magazine recently interviewed ArchiTech Gallery owner and author, David Jameson, on the life and the work of Alfonso Iannelli. Read the interview here and then pick up the comprehensive Iannelli book AND go see the new Iannelli exhibit at the ArchiTech Gallery. Details here.
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Florida Southern College's student newspaper, the Southern, reports that the university recently received $400,000 from Florida’s Division of Historical Resources to go towards in an effort to restore the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Annie Pfeiffer Chapel back to its original appearance (as close as possible). This grant money must be matched by the university, which means the restoration total spent will be $800,000. Read more about it here.
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Mark Hertzberg sends links to the news that Racine, WI is likely to lose the historic Porters building, a former high-end furniture store at 301 Sixth St., because owners have lost too much time and revenue on the delayed redevelopment process and want to cut their losses. It would be nice if they could at least find a way to save the fantastic Streamline Moderne facade. Read more about the story here and here.
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Author and historian Jack Quinan's Weekly Wright Up blog provides an exploration of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa's work (which is the subject of a new book by Robert McCarter) and how Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas may have provided influence. Read it here.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is keen on having Chicago overtake the moniker "City of Light" to help boost tourism. As such, he's launching a competition to have artists, architects, and designers come up with a way to illuminate the cities iconic architectural assets. Of course, anti-light pollution advocates are nonplused by the idea. Read more here.
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This Wall Street Journal article features an interview with the design and architecture curator of Hong Kong’s museum of visual culture (aka M+) Aric Chen, who discusses starting the museum's architecture-related collection, specifically a mystery around an Imperial Hotel drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright. Read it here.
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Palm Springs Life reports that "Joshua Tree House" designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg for Jay and Bev Doolittle and located at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park will be coming on the market for the first time. Read more about this amazing work of Organic Architecture, see more photos, and a video here.
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Gothamist offers another reminder of the new Frank Lloyd Wright and the City exhibit opening at MoMA on February 1, 2014 along with some info about one of the show's centerpieces: The iconic 12' x 12' model of Broadacre City which was Wright's vision of the perfect anti-city. Read and see more here.
Image credit: Model of Broadacre City. 1934–35.(Courtesy of MoMA)
The new MoMA exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal opens next week and runs through the beginning of June 2014. The exhibit will feature drawings, film reels, architectural models exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s complex relationship of the city throughout his life. Read an article here and more info here.
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Curbed National provides an inside look at the upcoming Modernism Week's showpiece home: the Seva House (1959) designed by Hugh Kaptur in Palm Springs, CA. Besides loving its bright orange cantilevered sunshade, I'm especially digging the Wright-associated Arizona Biltmore carpet fragment shown as a rug in one of the images. Read and see more here.
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The Phoenix Journal reports that the $1 million that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation raised in 2013 will be used in three areas: restoring Taliesin West, funding the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and creating youth educational programs. Read more about it here. Want to support these causes? Then become a member of the FLW Foundation here.
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Metropolis Magazine reports that Le Corbusier's Chapel of Ronchamp in eastern France, one of the major architectural works of the 20th century, had been broken into and vandalized. The article states that a stained-glass window executed with an original illustration by Le Corbusier, was destroyed beyond repair and a concrete trunk was missing. Read more about this troubling destruction here.
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Finland has decided to revive plans and give the green light for an architectural design competition this spring for a new Guggenheim museum on Helsinki's waterfront, helping it join the ranks of cities like New York and Bilbao. Are there any Organic Architects out there interested in developing designs for the competition so we can have a worthy successor to Wright's New York masterpiece? Read more about it here.
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Michael B. and the Wisconsin State Journal both report that a special committee approved a report filled with recommendations for redevelopment guidelines that preserve the block in Madison, WI that contains the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Robert M. Lamp House. More details will emerge and there is a ways to go before the Lamp House is secure, but this is a good first step. Read more here.
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LA Home & Style provides a rundown of Pasadena, CA's architecture-packed Prospect Park District, including the glorious Gamble House and Frank Lloyd Wright's "La Miniatura". Read and see more here.
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The Associated Press reports that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, based in Scottsdale, AZ, raised over $1 million in 2013 for restoration, education, and other organizational goals, which was more than the total raised the two years before. Read a little more about it here. If you'd like to contribute to the cause, then follow the link.
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Mark H. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about The Museum of Modern Art's recently unveiled grand expansion plans. Unfortunately, the museum’s overhaul includes the destruction of the former American Folk Art Museum next door. Read more and see the MoMA expansion plan here.
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The much discussed "Polar Vortex" that wreaked icy havoc across large swaths of the country recently has also affected Bear Run in Pennsylvania as well. The waterfall that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater has frozen solid in the subzero temperatures, a rare event for the normally quick-flowing stream. Read and see more here.
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Here's a link to an article about artist Brenda Baker's large, egg-shaped mass of twigs called "Seed Pod," which was integrated at Frank Lloyd Wright's Monona Terrace in downtown Madison since October 2013. Made with the branches of invasive plant species, "Seed Pod" was commissioned by the Society of Ecological Restoration's conference last year which was held at Monona Terrace. Read more about it here.
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The Globe Gazette reports that Wright on the Park, the non-profit organization that restored Frank Lloyd Wright's Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA, has announced a new executive director, Caitlin Callahan. She plans to focus on education and public outreach. Read more about it here.
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The TimesDispatch.com highlights the region in-and-around Madison, Wisconsin for its abundance of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Read more here.
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